Three of South Mississippi’s most wanted criminal suspects have been taken into custody since their pictures appeared in the Sun Herald on Sunday in the newspaper’s most wanted series.
Island View security guards recognized one of them and called police. Another turned himself in after seeing himself in the newspaper, authorities said, and a woman was turned in by the father of her child.
Jonathan Chase Cullifer, 30, and Jeremy Lakeith Davis, 25, were wanted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department in connection with a counterfeit check-cashing ring. Ashley Renee Abusoud, 24, was wanted by Long Beach police in a grand larceny investigation.
They were among 25 suspects featured in the Sun Herald series on Sunday.
Sheriff’s Lt. E.F. Dawson said Cullifer, Davis and another man are suspected of acquiring about $100,000 in an scheme that started in November 2009. Dawson said detectives believe the men also solicited others to cash bogus cash checks in exchange for drugs or money.
The checks were cashed in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson and Forrest counties, Dawson said.
Island View security officers called Gulfport police after spotting Cullifer in the resort’s hotel Sunday.
John MacGeorge, Island View security director, said the security and surveillance teams are trained to be on constant look-out for known criminal suspects based on information from the Mississippi Gaming Commission and other law enforcement agencies.
However, MacGeorge said, two officers recognized Cullifer from his picture in Sunday’s newspaper.
“While we consider following our safety protocols standard procedure, it is always gratifying when our staff members respond in a way that can contribute to the overall security of our community,” MacGeorge said. “We commend these two officers for their swift action and a job well done.”
Island View officials said Cullifer was not a registered hotel guest. Arresting officers found him with a concealed weapon, said police Sgt. Chris Ryle.
Cullifer, of Ridgewood Drive in Pass Christian, was wanted on charges of identity theft and uttering forgery. He was held on bonds of $200,000.
Davis, of Wildwood Drive in Gulfport, turned himself in on Monday. He was wanted on a forgery charge. His bond is $100,000.
Dawson said the third suspect in the investigation is Steven Freddie Doukas, 30, of Gulfport. Doukas is in prison on a probation violation in a drug conviction.
Long Beach police investigator Alan Bond said Abusoud was taken into custody Sunday on a fugitive warrant on a grand larceny charge. The father of her child had dropped the child off for a visit and he stopped by a store to buy the newspaper, Bond said.
“He opened up the newspaper and saw her picture and called to say where we could find her,” Bond said.
Jackson County deputies held her for police and she was booked at Harrison County jail. She is accused of stealing an assortment of items from a friend she was living with in May.
Absoud, formerly of Saucier, has a $5,000 bond on the grand larceny charge. A judge has revoked her bond on a pending prescription forgery charge.
More than 30 suspects listed in the most wanted series have been arrested since the series began in 2007.