Chase suspect identified by police

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

Greenville police were able to identify the John Doe that led them in a high-speed chase on Tuesday morning after robbing a Greenville woman of $20 in front of Fred’s.

Greenville police chief Lonzo Ingram said the alleged burglar was identified as Dexter Holmes, 36, of Louisville, Miss.

Holmes remains in the Butler County Jail after being arrested with no bond set as of Friday afternoon. Holmes was arrested and charged on Tuesday with robbery first-degree and receiving stolen property, first-degree.

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“He does have prior arrests, but nothing major,” Ingram said.

Holmes was arrested on Tuesday as John Doe because he would not tell police his name, according to Greenville Police spokesman Lt. Anthony Barganier.

Holmes’ arrest came hours after he allegedly approached Julia Pitts and said, “Ma’am, I have a gun, and if you give me your money, I won’t kill you.”

Greenville police Capt. Danny Campbell saw the suspect’s vehicle, a 2002 tan/gold GMC Envoy, at The Smokehouse on Highway 10 West.

The suspect left at a high rate of speed that prompted a police chase, which ended in the northbound lane of Interstate 65 near mile marker 131.

A second suspect, a white female, was taken into custody underneath the I-65 bridge on Highway 10 West by Barganier and Officer Antonio Grandison. She was questioned and later released.

&uot;The quick apprehension of this suspect was a successfully combined effort of the Greenville Police Dept., the Butler County Sheriff’s Dept., and Alabama State Trooper James Moorer,&uot; Barganier said after the arrest of Holmes.