By Patrick Yost, EDITOR
By Patrick Yost editor Two men have been arrested and charged with an armed robbery that occurred Friday, Oct. 25, at the Budget Inn motel.
According to Madison Police Department reports, Brandon Lydell Gibbs, 29, Madison, and Norris Deon Evans, 29, Madison, have both been charged with armed robbery after they allegedly forced their way into a motel room and robbed a 48-year-old man at gunpoint.
The robbery occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. A witness told officers that she observed Gibbs and Evans force their way into the room.
The same witness told officers that, prior to the alleged robbery, Evans had requested to borrow the witness’ vehicle and told the witness that he “had a glock.”
The victim told authorities that he replied to a knock at the door and two black males forced entry into the room and demanded his wallet and cash.
The man told police that the men threatened to kill him if he did no relinquish his wallet and cash. The man said he gave the men $40 from his pocket and then fled to the bathroom.
The victim said the men forced open the bathroom door. The victim said he told the men that his wallet was in his truck and he gave them the keys to the truck. As the men were leaving the motel room, the victim said, they also took a Remington model 770 7mm magnum rifle from the room.
Reports state that an officer knew that Gibbs lived on Sulgrave Drive. Gibbs was arrested by Corp. Phillip Malcom, Madison Police Department, as he was exiting a vehicle in the driveway of his Sulgrave Drive residence.
Evans was arrested Tuesday at 10 a.m. without incident at the Relax Inn, Eatonton Road by Corp. Chuck Elder, Officer Andy Koth and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Davis. According to Carl Jones, assistant police chief, Madison Police Department, Evans was arrested after the officers utilized “street intelligence” to verify his location.
A pistol believed to have been used in the armed robbery was located on Saturday by Madison police officers in bushes near the Sunflower convenience store, which is adjacent to the Budget Inn.
Jones said Norris is also “a person of interest” in an armed robbery last week that occurred at the Coach and Buggy car wash on Eatonton Road.
In that robbery, reports state, a black male approached a man while the man was cleaning his vehicle and demanded money at gunpoint.
The gunman took $12 from the victim and fled the area on foot. Evans is also a suspect on a domestic violence and terroristic threat complaints filed at 11 p.m. on Saturday at a Tamplin Road residence.
Reports state that a woman told police that three people had called her and told her that Evans was enroute to her residence with guns and that “he had just robbed someone.”
The woman said Evans also called and asked to speak to her brother, who was not at the residence.
The woman said Evans did not threaten her when he called but she was concerned because he allegedly had guns and that he was “crazy.”
Deputies were called back to the Tamplin Road residence at 3:55 a.m. after a man alleged that Evans had entered the residence and accused the man of “setting him up regarding the robbery.”
The man alleged that Evans was using methamphetamine and “that he appeared to be on meth at the time of the altercation,” reports state. Additionally, during Gibbs arrest, officers also arrested Darian Monae Brown, 20, Covington, on one count possession of methamphetamine and Andre Heard, 35, Mansfield, one count possession of cocaine and one count possession of methamphetamine.
Reports state that Brown was driving the vehicle that contained Gibbs prior to his arrest and Heard was a passenger in the vehicle.
Both Brown and Heard denied any knowledge of the robbery, reports state, and told officers that the had picked up Gibbs while he was walking on Micha Way.
After Gibbs arrest, reports state, Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, located a clear plastic bag of suspected cocaine near Heard. Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, consequent to Gibbs’ arrest, also located a piece of suspected methamphetamine in a plastic bag near the driver’s side of the vehicle.