Suspect in Custody after Armed Robbery
A Gulfport man who recently posted an anti-police rap song on Facebook is singing the jailhouse blues tonight. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson was on the scene moments after the robbery at the Bancorp South off Highway 49 in Gulfport this morning and has the details.
Police say 23-year-old Byron Michael Fairley filmed an anti-cop rap video just over a week ago, right outside the Gulfport Police Department. On Wednesday, instead of crouching alongside a police cruiser, he was being seated in the back of one. Sergeant Damon McDaniel said, “We looked at him thinking we’ve seen him before.”
Sgt. McDaniel captured the suspect around noon, less than three hours after a man held up the Bancorp South off Highway 49 in Gulfport, realizing the man in the surveillance video was the Facebook rapper.
McDaniel tracked down Fairley in a wooded area near Harris Road and says the suspect did not live up to the lyrics in his video when he was handcuffed. “He complied with my commands and I took him in without further incident.”
Sun City Super Tan manager Shannon Decelle watched it all go down at the bank next door just moments after the robber fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. “You hear sirens all the time. When a guy came in and told me this morning ‘did you see what happened next door?’ I was like ‘no.’ ‘you didn’t hear the sirens?’ I was like ‘yes, but I didn’t know it was next door.’”
Bank President Richard Williams Jr. says he’s proud about how his staff handled the situation. “Our staff handled it admirably and courageously and the Gulfport Police Department was on the scene almost immediately.”
The gun Gulfport Police say Fairley robbed the bank with turned out to be a bb gun and it appears his rap career will be put on hold, at least for now.