2 arrested after robbery

Mark Ples Jones, left, and Stanley Ray Menefee, right (Cullman Police Department)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Early Friday morning, Cullman Police Officers Roy Bates and Daniel Palisay were patrolling in the area of Warnke Road Southwest when they witnessed a silver Chevrolet Impala speeding through a parking lot. As it entered the roadway, the Impala narrowly avoided a collision with the patrol vehicle. 

After stopping the Impala, Bates and Palisay quickly determined that the two occupants had just committed a robbery at a nearby residence. Terrelle Williams, 26, of Cullman, was following the Impala after allegedly being robbed by the two individuals inside the vehicle. Williams informed the officers of the situation.  

The CPD said Bates and Palisay recovered the victim’s stolen wallet, money, a cell phone and the weapon used in the robbery, which linked the suspects to the crime.  

Stanley Ray Menefee, 69, of Ensley, and Mark Ples Jones, 49, of Bessemer, were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.    

Cullman Police Chief David Nassetta said, “They (the officers) were where they were supposed to be and recognized the situation for what it was. It was the right place and the right time.”