6 teens charged in connection to Olive Branch home invasion

By Jason Miles - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Children played in the parking lot Wednesday of an aging apartment complex on Blocker Street in Olive Branch.  It's where neighbors blame recent problems on unit number five.

"It's becoming like mini Memphis in Olive Branch," said neighbor Damian Darnell.

Darnell just brought baby daughter Bailey Renee home from the hospital.

"We all got kids," said Darnell.  "And that's the last thing we want for any kid."

He and others suspect drug activity led to a home invasion and assault reported there over the weekend.  18-year-olds Jarrett Shipp and Damian Ingram are now charged along with 17 year-olds Rodney Miller and Shaquille Stevenson.  Olive Branch Police charged two juveniles as well.  They said a 14-year-old used a metal baseball bat to severely beat three of four victims.

"Their heads were bandaged and bleeding," said neighbor Charles Tuckett.

He witnessed a dispute earlier in the day and believes the attack was retaliation.

"That's what happens when you sell drugs to kids," neighbor Damian Darnell told Action News 5.  "You bring it upon yourself."
Concerned neighbors like Darnell hoped additional arrests are on the way.

"We want 'em gone," he said of those who live in apartment number five.

Olive Branch Police said two 22 year-old victims were still at The MED in stable condition.

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