Police said Rico Swift, 31, was found unresponsive inside his apartment, located at 500 Liberty Street, around 9:35 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance to the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
The release said Swift and his girlfriend were inside the apartment Sunday when the incident occurred, based on the police department’s preliminary investigation. Investigators also developed information that Swift sold illegal drugs from that apartment.
Police said there was a knock at the apartment door and two black men were allowed in and where followed inside by three other black men.
The suspects, once inside, began beating Swift and his girlfriend while making demands. Swift’s girlfriend was knocked unconscious and the suspects took property and left the apartment.
Police said Swift was likely targeted for drugs and/or money.
The release said all five suspects were identified as black me but two suspects were more specifically described.
One suspect was described as being bald, in his 20s, standing about 5 feet and 6 inches tall and having a stocky build.
Another suspect was described as having a dread-lock hair style, in his 20s, standing about 5 feet and 10 inches with a skinny build.
Police are asking that anyone with information on the identities of these suspect or this incident call JPD’s Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or call Jackson-Madison County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a cyber tip at www.jmcrimestoppers.org and click on “web tips”.