Jones Co. couple terrorized, robbed by neighbor

Jones Co. couple terrorized, robbed by neighbor

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County man made his initial appearance before Jones County Justice Court Wednesday.

Demarcus Whitlock, 20, was arrested and charged after he broke into a couple's home and assaulted and robbed them, according to the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

Judge Howell Beech set Whitlock's bond at $60,000.

He is facing several charges that include one count of burglary with intent to terrorize and bond was set for this charge at $20,000.

Whitlock was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault and his bond was set at $10,000 per charge. He was also charged with one count of armed robbery and bond was set at $20,000.

If convicted, Whitlock could receive a maximum life sentence.

Whitlock was already out on a felony bond from Smith County and that bond was revoked. He remains housed in the Jones County Jail.

The scene

On Monday, Jones County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence on Hwy 529.

A man and a woman were at the home and had sustained blunt force injuries to their faces and foreheads, according to JCSD.

According to the victims, the suspect was Whitlock and he was their neighbor.

The couple reported that Whitlock forced himself into their home, brandishing a handgun and striking them both with it.

Whitlock then took the woman's purse containing cash and personal belongings.

The victims were transported to a local hospital and were later released.

On Tuesday, the woman's purse was found several miles away and returned to the victim.