Two Forrest County men arrested after alleged three hour crime spree

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Two South Forrest County men were arrested as a result of a three hour long crime spree that may have started on the USM campus and ended with armed robbery of a convenience store in Magee.

Cecil Bowers, 22 years old, and Richard Hale, 19 years old are being held in the Simpson County Jail after they were apprehended at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after leaving the scene of an armed robbery on Highway 49.

The two men were driving a green Mercury Grand Marquis that had been carjacked at gunpoint an hour earlier from a resident at the Mark One apartments on West 7th street in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg police are also looking into the possibility that Sellers and Hale robbed a Souther Miss Student at gunpoint about 1:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Hillcrest Dorms on USM's campus.

Half and hour later, an auto burglary occurred eight blocks away with the suspects wrecking their vehicle while fleeing.

An hour later, on Grace avenue, another auto burglary was attempted, and shots were fired into a house.

Twenty minutes later, down the road at Mark one, a driver was carjacked. No one was injured in any of the incidents.

"And I think the fact that she just did the right thing and she handled it well and she stayed calm and collected and knew what to do and assisted in not becoming involved in a more serious incident," said Bob Hopkins, USM police chief.

Both suspects will make their initial appearances in coming days.

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