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									                        OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
                  District Attorney Michael Guest, Twentieth Judicial District
                                 Madison and Rankin Counties
                                      www.daguest.com

                                           Media Release
                                   Promises Made. Promises Kept.


For Immediate Release                            For more information, please contact
Thursday, June 6, 2013                           (601) 825-1472 or mguest@daguest.com

                                Five Defendants charged in Sand Dollar
                               Armed Robbery and Kidnapping Sentenced

         Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that the five
defendants who participated in the November 2011 armed robbery of the Sand Dollar Lifestyle store in
Ridgeland were sentenced earlier this week. Antonio Wallace received a 34-year sentence after a jury
found him guilty of Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Conspiracy to commit Robbery. Demarcus
Timmons received a 32-year sentenced after he entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery and
Kidnapping. Reginald Wallace received a 30-year sentence after he entered a plea of guilty to Armed
Robbery and Kidnapping. Kimberly Gates received a sentence of 20-years after she entered a plea of
guilty to Robbery and Kidnapping; the last 10 years of her sentence was suspended. The final defendant,
Kenisa Rush Gates, received a sentence of 20-years after she entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery;
the last 13 years of her sentence was suspended.

         In November of 2011, the Ridgeland Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding the
armed robbery of an employee of Sand Dollar Lifestyle, which is located in the Renaissance shopping
center. Officers interviewed the victim, who stated that she was leaving the store to take a deposit to the
bank, when she was approached by a black male gunman wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The victim
stated that she was forced at gunpoint to drive the gunman to the Embassy Suite Hotel. At the hotel, the
gunman then took the victim’s keys, the bank deposit that contained over $7,600 in cash, and fled on foot.

         On December 9, Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that identified Demarcus Timmons
as the gunman in the case. A criminal background check of Timmons showed previous
arrests from Hinds County for car-jacking and armed robbery. Ridgeland Police obtained a booking
photograph and presented a lineup to the victim, who positively identified Timmons as the man who had
kidnapped and robbed her. A warrant was then issued for Timmons arrest and he was placed on NCIC as
a wanted fugitive.
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         On December 14, the United States Marshall’s fugitive task force received information that
Timmons was staying at an apartment complex in Jackson. Members of the task force, along with
officers from Ridgeland PD and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, began a search of the complex
and located Timmons hiding in a bedroom closet. A search of the apartment uncovered the gray hooded
sweatshirt worn by the gunman in the robbery.

         Timmons was transported to the Ridgeland Police Department where he denied any involvement
in the robbery. The following day, detectives obtained a search warrant to search Timmons’ cell phone.
During the search, officers located numerous text messages regarding the planning of the robbery. The
messages enabled police to obtain arrest warrants for the remaining suspects in the case.

         In addition to the sweatshirt previously recovered, police also recovered the gun used in the
armed robbery. The gun was located at the house where Antonio and Reginald Wallace were living at the
time of their arrest. Also arrested were Kenisa Rush and Kimberly Gates; who admitted to law
enforcement to being involved in the robbery. Rush later testified against Antonio Wallace at his trial.

        Guest stated, “The citizens of Madison and Hinds County should be extremely proud of the work
of the Ridgeland Police Department. Their investigation resulted in the arrest and prosecution of five
people who were involved in a plot that led to an innocent victim being kidnapped and robbed at
gunpoint. This case shows that if someone chooses to commit a violent offense in Madison County, law
enforcement will not rest until they are hunted down and brought to justice.”

        Guest concluded, “We see news accounts every day of people who have been the victims of
crime and we, at times, may feel that criminal activity goes unpunished. I truly believe that these
convictions and sentences will help to send the message to criminals that we will not tolerate crime in our
communities.”

       District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the
Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties. For more information regarding the District
Attorney’s office, please visit www.daguest.com.



Defendants:

Name:                   Demarcus V. Timmons
Address:                701 Pecan Court, Brandon
Date of Birth:          11/25/88

Name:                   Reginald D. Wallace
Address:                127 Claiborne Avenue, Jackson
Date of Birth:          12/10/86

Name:                   Antonio Wallace
Address:                127 Claiborne Avenue, Jackson
Date of Birth:          07/20/85

Name:                   Kimberly A. Gates
Address:                3410 Forest Hill Road, Jackson
Date of Birth:          11/27/90
Name:            Kenisa C. Rush
Address:         2858 Fallbrooke Drive, Jackson
Date of Birth:   04/20/89


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