Desmond Cheeks
Desmond Cheeks

A Canton man wanted for statutory rape was apprehended at the Madison Walmart on Friday.

Canton Police Chief Otha Brown said that Desmond Maurice Cheeks, 32, was arrested by Madison Police and faces a charge of statutory rape that occurred in Canton.

“This case remains under investigation,” Brown said. “It all depends on the results from the crime lab at this time.”

No bond has been set for Cheeks and as of Wednesday, he remains in the Madison County Detention Center.

“We have no updates at this time other than we had a warrant out for his arrest,” Brown said. “We got a report that he was messing around with a 14-year-old.”

Brown said that they were notified by the Mississippi Department of Human Services sometime earlier this year after the alleged victim delivered a baby. Brown said that she identified Cheeks as the father.

Capt. Kevin Newman with the Madison Police Department said that on Friday at around 6 a.m. a person called Madison PD at the Walmart stating they recognized the wanted subject, Cheeks, in the store.  

“We dispatched officers to the store who located and detained the subject, positively identified him and verified the outstanding warrant with the Canton Police Department,” Newman said. 

He said that officers with CPD responded to Walmart and took custody of the subject from the Madison officers.

“We want to thank the folks in Madison for helping us out and helping to find his whereabouts and making an arrest,” Brown said.