Robbery suspects to appear in court Friday

Published 12:43 pm Thursday, July 9, 2009

The two police officers suspected of robbing a driver on I-65 are expected to appear in district court on Friday, according to Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden.

Both Jessie Fuller, 22, and Tyson Bennett, 33, are charged with robbery, 1st degree. Authorities allege that Fuller and Bennett pulled over a man during a traffic stop on June 30 and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of money.

On June 30, Harden said Butler County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery at the rest stop on I-65 just north of Greenville. There, the victim told deputies that two men – one black, one white and identifying themselves as police – had stopped him in Lowndes County. They asked him to step out of the car, patted him down, took money from his pocket and then let him go, said Harden.

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Harden said the man, who was traveling from Georgia to Mississippi, spoke little English, but identified both Bennett and Fuller as the two men who had stopped him.

Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested Bennett in Montgomery on Wednesday. Harden said he and Lowndes County Sheriff Chip Williams arrested Fuller at Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant in Greenville. Bennett is being held in the Lowndes County Jail, while Fuller is in the Butler County Correctional Facility.

“It’s a sick feeling when you have to arrest a police officer,” said Harden. “It makes all of law enforcement look bad.”

The two men will appear in Lowndes County District Court.