Laurel police solves recent robbery and rape cases.

By Ontario Richardson – bio | email

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Two men are behind bars in Laurel on armed robbery charges.

Police arrested Earnest Ray Williams, 18, of Ellisville and Edward Carpenter, 52, of Laurel.

Investigators said the two men burglarized the Panda Chinese Restaurant on Beacon Street and the Busy Bee Convenient Store on Highway 11 South.

Police said the robberies happened a month a part but good detective work and video surveillance cameras helped capture the two.

Meanwhile, Williams is also being charged with raping a 19 year old woman in Ferrell Place earlier this week.

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