By: CJ Cassidy
It's a bizarre case that broke wide open after a good samaritan in the bootheel offered to help the fake evacuee. Officers arrested 24-year-old Albert McDonald, he's accused of killing an elderly couple in Mississippi five days ago, then stealing their car. He also allegedly shot three other people in the area.
Mississippi police traced a phone call McDonald made to a home in Hayti. They asked bootheel officers for help, and police here were more than happy to assist, especially after hearing McDonald was passing himself off as a hurricane evacuee.
Sheriff Tommy Greenwell says that worker was lucky he wasn't hurt. "Any person who lets someone in their home whether you know them or know they have a real story of being an evacuee I think you're taking a tremendous risk these days, by letting them into your home."
"McDonald did tell us there were four weapons in the car did admit one was murder weapon, we're going to leave it up to Mississippi police to process," Greenwell says. New Albany police couldn't be more grateful to officers here. "I think working together we got something done faster," Officer James Wildman with the New Albany police says.