- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Gulfport police say a 70-year-old facing trial on a string of armed robberies has been arrested for sticking up a local store.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2ocTABe)70-year-old Leon Ratliff Jr. was charged Tuesday with robbery at knifepoint of a Tobacco and Beer Discount House.

Court documents show Ratliff was arrested in 2015 and charged with robbing four gas stations and a discount store. The trial is set to begin in July.

Police spokesman Sgt. Damon McDaniel says the suspect would enter the business, brandish a handgun, demand money and flee after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officials say Ratliff bond is set at $100,000.

It’s unclear if Ratliff has an attorney.


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