COPY-Wedding Band Saves Business Owner

By Julie Straw

A Fondren business owner is shot by an armed robber, but his wedding ring saves his life.  Jackson Police are investigating the armed robbery at The Antique Market in the 3000 block of State Street.  Donnie Register was opening The Antique Market around 10:00 Saturday morning when two men walked into the store asking to see some merchandise.

"While he was showing the merchandise these individuals produced a weapon and pointed it at the owners head," said JPD Sgt. Jeffery Scott.

The men demanded money.  After Register handed over more than $6,000, the gunman pulled the trigger. In a life-saving move, Register covered his head with his left hand.

"We believe the wedding band caused the projectile to go away from his head," said Sgt. Scott.

"That's amazing that his wedding band of all things caught the bullet," said Amber Norrell.  She works across the street at The Orange Peel. She has known Register for more than a year.

"Don is a wonderful man that has grandchildren and I can't believe this happened here in Fondren," said Norrell.

Business owners in Fondren believe the armed robbers were watching The Antique Market for some time and knew exactly who they were targeting.  The robbers are described as two black males.  One short and stocky in his late 20s and the other tall and slender around 40 years old.  Both were last seen wearing dark colored clothing.  Norrell said two men who fit that description were in her store the day before.

"First time I had ever seen them.  They did not purchase anything from us.  They were walking around the store, one asked to use the restroom then they left," said Norrell.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Jackson Police Department at 601 (960)1234.