HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Wednesday night armed robbery in Hattiesburg landed three men behind bars, marking the eighth robbery of the month in the Hub City.
Officers responded to the Bypass Package Store at 5344 Old Highway 42 around 9 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery.
"When officers arrived they were advised that two black males entered the store and displayed a handgun and demanded money and then fled on foot," said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler. "The suspects then got in a vehicle and left the scene headed toward Glendale."
According to Traxler, a witness spotted them leaving the scene and relayed information to officers which later spotted by Jones County Deputies.
Authorities conducted a felony traffic stop on Interstate 59 at the 89-mile marker where the three men were taken into custody without incident.
Donterius Bowens, 22, of Lumberton, Demartrez West, 21, of Hattiesburg, and Deveonte Dixon, 23, of Mobile, Alabama are all charged with armed robbery and criminal street gang activity.
The three are being housed at the Forrest County Jail where they are awaiting their initial appearance.
The Forrest County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol also assisted in the apprehension of the three suspects.
"We got the 911 call, and it was from a witness that was following the vehicle, they said they believe the people had just committed a crime," said Forrest County Sheriff's Department Investigator Nick Calico. "We had a deputy on the Evelyn Gandy Parkway and he got behind them on Interstate 59, and he followed them until other deputies, MHP officers and Jones County deputies could catch up for a felony traffic stop."
According to Traxler, the investigation is ongoing and if you have any information contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.
In a previous version of this story, HPD reported the incorrect name of the business involved. The story was corrected 7/28/16 at 8:10 a.m.