Arkansas State Police and a U.S. Marshal Saturday arrested two Mississippi fugitives wanted in connection with a crime spree that began Christmas Day and continued into the following day. ASP reported the crimes included kidnapping, home invasion, robbery and gunfire directed at police officers in Sardis and Batesville, Miss.
The incidents also may have included the armed robbery of the Conoco convenience store at Helena Crossing on Dec. 26.
According to ASP reports, Cody A. Eggemeyer, 26, and Michael D. Mannis, 33, were arrested without incident outside the Crown Inn in Brinkley around 3:15 p.m.
Helena-West Helena police reported Friday that they were seeking three white males in connection with the Thursday, (Dec. 26) robbery of the Helena Crossing Conoco convenience store.
According to police reports, Helena-West Helena Police Officer Chris Hellums responded to robbery call around 3:23 p.m. While viewing the surveillance video, Hellums saw a white male wearing a white baseball cap pull out a gun and point it at the cashier. A second white male in line also pulled out a handgun and ordered the customers to get down on the floor.
At that time, the customers ran out of the store.
The man at the counter proceeded to take the money from the register. He and the other gunman fled the store and got into a black Chevrolet pickup truck where reportedly a third white male was waiting for them.
The truck reportedly fit the description of a vehicle stolen from an Oakland, Mississippi man.
Hellums was told that the truck crossed the Helena Bridge.
The storeowner, Marty Bennett, told Hellums that the robbers got away with about $600.
Officers searched the bridge area and the Isle of Capri Casino but could not find any sign of the black Chevy truck.
The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division is working with Mississippi and federal authorities in the investigation of Eggemeyer and Manis.