Four hour search nabs convicted felon - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Four hour search nabs convicted felon

Police searched on the ground, and in the air Tuesday morning. A four hour hunt through woods, brush, and bramble finally turned up convicted felon Robert Haley, but his alleged exploits in a normally peaceful Southaven subdivision are what have neighbors there all shook up.

"Never thought about anything happening, you know," says Vanessa Prysock.

Then came Tuesday morning's reality check. Police say it started when Haley and another armed bandit confronted a man in a driveway.

"One of them jumped on the side of the truck and put a gun to his head," recalls neighbor Bobby Lonon. "When he did, he throwed him off of the truck," he adds.

Lonon lives next door. That's where the intended victim ran for his life.

"They held a gun to his head," says Lonon. "He said call 911!" "They nearly scared me to death," recalls Lonon.

Imagine how the lady of another house down the street felt. The suspects allegedly busted through the door, barged into a bedroom, put a gun to the lady's head, and then took her car.

"We feel like they were going to leave with her but she put up enough resistance that they decided to leave her in the house," says Southaven Police Deputy Chief Steve Pirtle.

The suspects didn't get far before the chase was on. It went from Southaven to South Memphis and left this neighborhood in shock.

"It's just getting worse too--I don't think it's going to get any better," says Lonon.

The chase, which started on the road, ended on foot because the suspects wrecked the stolen car. Robert Haley is charged with car-jacking, armed robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. Haley already has an extensive rap sheet which includes theft, vandalism, and aggravated assault.

If you know anything concerning the whereabouts of his accomplice, call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.

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