Evacuee robbed at gunpoint in Greene County

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 13, 2005

GREENE COUNTY-A scene similar to the Red Carpet Inn robbery of Demopolis was played out last Tuesday in Greene County as a Louisiana man who had fled Hurricane Katrina was held at gunpoint.

According to Delores Plump, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department Louisiana native Henry Picquett filed a report for robbery after being victimized at The Western Inn.

Plump said the haul from the robbery was fairly small.

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“They took his room keys, his car keys and two cellular phones,” Plump said. “He stated they kicked the door down and came in his room and robbed him.”

Plump said the two men were armed with shotguns, but the report did not specify if they were masked.

Though the robbers took the car keys they left the car in place. No money was reported stolen. There are no suspects in the case and no arrests have been made.

One day later the department was called to investigate another dangerous situation. When all was said and done Dwayne Murdock, 40, of Demopolis was arrested on charges of assault, second degree and domestic violence.

Murdock was taken into custody when he allegedly assaulted his 10 year-old stepson with a knife.

Plump said the incident began with the juvenile’s mother

“He was apparently choking the boys mother and he came in and told him to stop,” Plump said. “The two got into a struggle, he pulled a knife and that is when he got cut on his hand.”

Murdock was released on $1,500 bond for the assault, second degree, charge and $500 for the domestic violence charge.