On July 29, 2012 the Dothan Police Department responded a report of a possible armed robbery involving Markus Lasane and Michael Bryant. The alleged victim stated he was robbed at gunpoint by the two men, in a parking-lot while inside his car at a business located in the 3400 block of Ross Clark Circle. The suspects then drove away in a white Ford Crown Victoria and were followed by the victim until they were stopped by patrol officers. During the investigation, two hand guns were seized which were previously reported as stolen out of Jackson County Florida.
The suspects were taken to the police department and questioned about the incident. In a taped statement, both suspects confirmed a confrontation occurred between the three men but stated the meeting involved narcotics and denied allegations of robbery. Bryant was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance while Lasane was arrested and charged Receiving Stolen Property. Investigators say they are working with Florida authorities to obtain criminal histories on both suspects who may face additional charges of Possession of a Pistol by Violent Felon.
As the investigation continued, police learned the victim gave false information to authorities regarding his personal identifying information then positively identified him as Jerry Maurice Rumph. Rumph was charged with Obstruction of Justice Using a False Name and an outstanding (unrelated) warrant.
Police confirmed all subjects were arrested for stated charges and have additional charges pending following further investigation into this incident.
Markus Lasane, black male, 22 years of age, of Marianna, Florida was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property and may have additional charges pending.
Michael Bryant, black male, 23 years of age, of Marianna, Florida was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and may have additional charges pending, with a $10,000 bond.
Jerry Maurice Rumph, black male, 29 years of age, of Eaton Court was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Justice Using a False Name with a $5,000 bond.
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