JPD: IHOP robbery suspect in custody

Stephan Brown (Photo: WJTV)


UPDATE: 01/31/2017 2:51 pm Jackson Police said Stefan Brown was arrested at an undisclosed location.

UPDATE: 01/31/2017 12:33pm WJTV’s Natay Holmes spoke to the manager of the IHOP who was there when the restaurant was robbed.  He says that it was his first day working at location on Greenway Drive near Highway 18 in Jackson.  Manager John Jallid tries to holdback tears as he talks about the experience: “I feel good I can go see my kids again.”

Surveillance video shows a cook walking in from the outside.  Moments later the robber walks in with a gun in hand and demands cash.  The video also shows a waitress run to give him the money.  Jallid said that he could not concentrate once he threw the money.  The waitress handed the money to him and had to walk back facing the gun.

Stephan Brown (Photo: WJTV)
Stephan Brown (Photo: WJTV)

Jallid said that was not the end as the man came back a second time.  The three employees, the only people inside the restaurant at the time, ran to the back.  “In less than a minute. He came back to the store holding the gun and we ran inside the cooler and freezer.”

A woman who ordered food to go minutes before the robbery was outside in her car and witnessed the robbery.  She called 911.

No one was injured during the incident.  Jallid says he is personally thankful for the brave employee who kept calm throughout the incident.  “She saved me,” he said, “and saved everyone.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stefan Brown is asked to call police.

 

UPDATE: 01/31/2017 11:20am The vehicle was recovered about an hour after the incident.  The suspect, Stefan Brown, ran away.  There was a 17-year-old passenger in the vehicle as well.  JPD Commander Tyree Jones says the 17-year-old was not involved in the carjacking.  He was charged as a juvenile with possession of stolen goods.

Original Story:

JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) –The Jackson Police Department is searching for the suspect in an armed robbery investigation.

JPD Commander Tyree Jones says  they are looking for 19-year-old Stefan Brown. He said Brown is the same suspect wanted for carjacking a man Monday night at the Quality Inn on Greenway Drive.

The IHOP on Highway 18 was robbed around  5:37 a.m. Tuesday The robber was last seen wearing maroon jogging pants and a black shirt with a Playboy bunny emblem on it.

No injuries were reported.

The vehicle was found about an hour after the robbery. Jones said Brown allegedly jumped out of the car and ran away from the scene on foot.

We’re told a 17-year-old was also in the car. Jones said the teenager was not involved in the carjacking. He was charged as a juvenile with poss of stolen goods.

Police are still searching for Brown.

 

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