No Bond For Man Charged In Jackson Beating, Robbery
Victim’s Family Believe Beating Was Hate Crime
JACKSON, Miss. —
One of two men accused of beating and robbing a 62-year-old Vicksburg man at a Jackson recycling business appeared in court on Monday.
Jontez Garvis, 29, and David Thomas, 25, are both accused in the Jan. 29 attack that left Fred Jackson in a coma.
Garvis was arrested on Friday and Thomas was arrested on Saturday, police said. Both men are charged with aggravated assault and robbery, police said.
Jackson’s family said they believe the attack was a hate crime.
“It’s just a horrible, horrible thing. He didn’t deserve it. He was a good man,” said Fred Jackson’s sister, Sarah Jackson.
Fred Jackson’s family said his condition has not changed since the attack. He remains in a coma and unable to tell them anything.
Jackson, a contract worker at Tri-Miss Recycling on West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, was welding security bars when two men wearing hoods walked up to him, police said. Jackson was robbed of his wallet, beaten with an unknown object and left for dead, police said.
“We just want them to suffer as bad as bad as he suffered. We just want justice,” said Fred Jackson’s fiancée, Susan Gould.
Family members said they are thankful that both men were caught so quickly and are now off the street. But the family said they have more questions than answers about what happened.
“He locked the gate behind him, so did they have a key?” Gould asked.
“There are a lot of things that we want to know that we don’t know right now,” said Fred Jackson’s daughter, Sheila Hedrick.
Sarah Jackson says because of the way the two men beat her brother before robbing him, she believes this could be a hate crime.
“I don’t think it’s a regular robbery — for it to be so severe,” Sarah Jackson said.
A judge denied bond on Monday for Garvis. Thomas is expected to have his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, court officials said.