Robbery Suspect

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 20, 2010

Police: robbery suspect pursued in murder charge

(Editor’s note: Batesville police said that Durrell Brown has been apprehended in Chicago. For further information, see Friday’s print edition or visit Friday online.)

By Billy Davis
A Louisiana man, identified as the robber of a Batesville convenience store, is also wanted by authorities for stabbing a man to death.

Batesville police said Monday they believe Durrell Brown, 36, fled Panola County after he allegedly robbed a Food Mart store Saturday at noon.

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The convenience store, a Phillips 66 station, is located near Burger King in east Batesville.

“We have no reason to believe he’s still here,” said BPD Deputy Chief Don Province.

Brown told the cashier he was carrying a weapon but did not display it, said BPD Detective Paul Shivers.

When Brown fled, the cashier wrote down the automobile’s tag number. Police then traced the tag number to a stolen Toyota Camry, learning from authorities in Louisiana that Brown is wanted for second degree murder.

Authorities in Kenner, Louisiana believe Brown stabbed Herbert McGee inside a home there early Saturday morning.

Brown had forced his wife into the home of a former girlfriend and attacked McGee, according to a story in The Times-Picayune.  The automobile belonged to McGee.

Brown’s criminal history includes convictions for theft and burglaries, according to Detective Shivers.