Man caught in woods after assault
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:00 AM
A Philadelphia man was charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer after he was arrested in a wooded area at Linwood following a manhunt by city, county and state officers last week.
Jarron Branning, 25, was apprehended Wednesday afternoon in a briar thicket off Highway 15 south, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.
The case initiated with a false pretense investigation being conducted by city police.
Sheriff's officers attempted to arrest Branning at a residence in the Linwood community Wednesday morning when he assaulted the Sheriff and another officer before fleeing on foot.
No serious injuries were reported.
Peggy McCory, 26, of 1320 Road 614, was arrested at the house without incident and charged with false pretense.
Branning was apprehended in the woods later that afternoon following a search by officers of the Sheriff and Police departments, the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
He was also charged with resisting arrest with a struggle and accessory to false pretense.
Police Investigator Fredesz Moore said McCory was being sought by police after she allegedly cashed a $150 check at Brown Discount Drugs on a closed account.
Earlier, she unsuccessfully attempted to cash a check on a closed account at a Philadelphia bank, Moore said.
"We are looking for a third person for uttering forgery in connection with the case," he said.
Sheriff Waddell said his officers responded to the Linwood residence after receiving a tip that the three people were there.