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Hattiesburg bank robbery suspect arrested


Hattiesburg police reported Tuesday that authorities in Vicksburg arrested a suspect Monday night who they believe robbed Hancock Bank on Hardy Street earlier that day.

Warren County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Michael Partridge, 24, around 2 a.m. Monday. He is still in custody in the Warren County Jail.

Partridge became a suspect on Monday after HPD received a tip identifying him. Police said Tuesday that they learned from the tip that Partridge, who is not a student, was living with a friend near the bank. Police then staked out the location. Hattiesburg police said they knew Partridge was from Vicksburg. They had a description of his vehicle by Monday afternoon, and coordinated with Vicksburg authorities who made the arrest.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force called his department Monday night, and said the suspect was in a home in Eagle Lake - a resort community in northwestern Warren County. Deputies moved in at approximately 1:30 a.m. As they were approaching the home, Pace said, Partridge jumped out a back window attempting to run and was captured by deputies after a short foot chase. He was not armed.

Two Hattiesburg police officers are headed to Vicksburg and will return Partridge to Hattiesburg.

Partridge was being sought by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a parole violation, said 9th Circuit District Attorney Richard Smith. He was convicted in the robbery of the Vicksburg Walmart on December 19, 2007, in which he allegedly demanded money from a cashier and ran out of the store with approximately $2,000 in hand. Surveillance video from the incident was released to the public and Partridge was apprehended and arrested hours later, Smith said.

Partridge was sentenced in August 2009 to ten years for with the Department of Corrections for the crime, which was suspended and he was released in May of 2010 after completing the department's extended drug and alcohol treatment program.

Partridge's parole was revoked November 28 and he was being sought for failure to register at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield for drug and alcohol treatment.

Partridge allegedly entered Hancock Bank at 3300 Hardy Street around 11 a.m. Monday and demanded money. He was not armed. He then allegedly escaped onto the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi on foot with a small amount of cash.

Hattiesburg Police searched buildings on and around campus all afternoon.

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