News Release: Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Mississippi couple in Crawfordville on April 12 after the couple fled Mississippi prior to being sentenced to prison, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.
Deputy Alan Middlebrooks was on routine patrol when he became suspicious of a vehicle with a Mississippi tag stopping at a church on Greenlin Villa Road at a time when church was not in session.
Jerry Jackie Kitchens, 39, of Seminary, MS provided Deputy Middlebrooks with a driver license from another individual. When the image on the license did not match Kitchens, Deputy Middlebrooks expanded his investigation.
Deputy Middlebrooks arrested Kitchens for driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge and resisting an officer-obstruction by a disguised person.
Deputy Middlebrooks was granted permission to search the vehicle which contained many bags of luggage and camping equipment. He also discovered prescription pills and narcotic patches in a clear plastic bag. Continuing the search, the deputy discovered a black box that contained two handguns and multiple boxes of ammunition as well as multiple knives that turned out to be stolen from Mississippi. Deputy Middlebrooks also discovered an envelope containing $5,000 in $100 bills.
Kitchens and Heather Eileen Jordan, 31, of Hattiesburg, MS were charged with four felonies including possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; possession of stolen property; possession of Schedule IV narcotics; and possession of Schedule II narcotics.
The vehicle, weapons and narcotics were seized by the WCSO and contact with the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office in Hattiesburg, MS confirmed that the knives and guns were stolen from Jordan’s mother, Janette Arredondo. Other items seized included 40 knives, a police scanner, military fatigues, gloves, multiple food items, clothing and ghillie camo.
The couple was transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident and they remain in jail. Kitchens remains under a $102,000 bond and Jordan remains behind bars with a $100,000 bond.
Additional charges against the couple are pending in Hattiesburg, MS. Deputy Billy Metcalf, Lt. Mike Kemp, Deputy Gibby Gibson and Deputy Jeff Yarborough assisted with the investigation.
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