Viral Video “Witness” Arrested for Shoplifting

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The subject of a recent viral video out of Jackson has been arrested in connection with a shoplifting case in Ridgeland. According to WAPT News Channel 16, the green-haired “witness” who allegedly saw a recent car crash that injured a Jackson Police Officer, has been arrested and charged with shoplifting by the Ridgeland Police Department. Although the video of Courtney Barnes wasn’t originally aired on local news, for fear of a potentially embellished statement, the video quickly made it online where it went viral.

Shoplifting Arrest in Jackson
Initial reports indicate that Barnes was recognized as resembling the suspect in surveillance photo posted on Instagram by a local small business recently. Apparently, the owner of Swell-O-Phonic in Fondren posted the image, and somebody recognized the suspect in the photo as the viral video star, Courtney Barnes. A warrant was issued, and Barnes was arrested and booked by officers with the Ridgeland Police Department. Law enforcement authorities also reported that Barnes was facing similar charges in Jackson.

Shoplifting Charges in Jackson, Mississippi

Shoplifting charges in and around the Jackson Metro Area are nothing to take lightly. Don’t assume that because you’re a first time offender or because the crime was non-violent, that you won’t do hard time. Shoplifting charges are typically categorized by the value of the allegedly lifted items. The more expensive items in question, the more time you could be facing. The sooner you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your case, the better outcome you will have.

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

After any kind of arrest, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your defense. Remember, you do have the right to remain silent, so exercise it. Wait for your lawyer before speaking with detectives or interrogators. You are absolutely entitled to refrain from answering any questions until your lawyer is present.

If you have been arrested for shoplifting or if a loved one has been arrested and charged with shoplifting, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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