In the early morning hours of May 25th 2018 Dothan Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery in the parking lot of the Marathon Station in the 1800 block of Ross Clark Circle. When officers arrived they were informed that two black males approached the male and female victims while they were in the parking lot and demanded the keys to their vehicle. One of the suspects were armed with a handgun.
The female victim was able to escape the vehicle and fled from the scene. During her escape one of the suspects fired two shots at her as she was running away. The suspects were able to obtain $4.00 in cash from the male victim and fled the scene in the vehicle they arrived at the store in.
One of the suspects was identified as Jeremy Christopher McKenzie, 31, of Massee Dr. Dothan. McKenzie was located and taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After the interview was completed he was charged with two counts of Robbery 1st Degree. McKenzie has bonds totaling $120,000.00.
The other suspect was identified as Larry Ladon Reese, 38, of Dothan. Reese is wanted for questioning for his involvement in the Robberies. Anyone with information relating to the robberies or whereabouts of Reese can call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.
On May 25th 2018 Dothan Police responded to the 1200 block of Burbank Street in response to a medical emergency. Patrol Officers arrived on scene and located Brandy Lee Mancil inside the residence with life threatening injuries. Emergency personnel transported her to Flowers Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Officers discovered that the incident was involving a domestic altercation between Mancil and her live in boyfriend Antonio Perez Jackson, 35, of Dothan. Detectives responded to the scene and determined foul play was involved and immediately began an investigation.
Jackson was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning due to the suspicious nature of Mancil’s death. After interviews were completed Jackson was charged with Murder for his involvement in the death of Brandy Mancil. A no bond has been requested in this case.
On Wednesday, May 30th, Officers from the Dothan Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7 a.m. on May 30th at Ray’s Restaurant, 1740 S. Oates Street. Please contact Lt. Mac Eggleston with questions: (334) 793-0230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Dothan’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
On May 19th Dothan Police responded to a report of a firearm assault in the 2100 block of Baker Trace.
Officers arrived on scene and discovered 19 year old Christian Mullins with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. It was first reported by a friend of Mullins, Fisher Shipes, that Mullins was shot by an unknown assailant who had entered the residence and fled the scene.
Officers determined that story to be misleading and false and learned that Mullins’ gunshot wound was caused by 20 year old Fisher Shipes.
Shipes was transported to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were completed, it was determined that Shipes, while consuming an alcoholic beverage, took possession of an unfamiliar shotgun from within the residence. Shipes pointed the shotgun, which he believed to be unloaded, at Mullins and pulled the trigger. Mullins was struck with birdshot in his torso.
Mullins was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his injury. Unfortunately, due to the severity of his injury he died a short time later.
As a result, Shipes has now been charged with Manslaughter and his bond for that charge has been set at $30,000.00.
The Dothan Police Department would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the family of Christian.
On May 14th 2018 Dothan Police responded to American Trailers located in the 100 block of Loftin Rd. to a report of several of the company trucks being broken into. An employee from American Trailers witnessed a white male taking vehicle batteries from the vehicles. The white male suspect fled the scene on a vehicle and the employee was able to obtain a tag number.
On May 16th 2018 Dothan Police investigators identified the white male as Luther Todd McCart, 46, of E. Crawford St. in Dothan. McCart was charged with 45 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. McCart was also charged with two more counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle for his involvement in the vehicle break-ins at Road Runner Delivery in the 1000 block of West Main St. Dothan. Vehicle batteries were stolen at this location as well.
McCart was charged with a total of 47 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and he has bonds totaling $705,000.00. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
On May 15th 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Dothan Police responded to a report of a possible kidnapping at the Flying J Truck Stop located in the 2100 block of Ross Clark Circle. Reports were that an elderly female was locked in the back of a truck in the parking lot.
Police arrived on scene and located a Penske moving truck parked in the back corner of the parking lot. Officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Jeffery Eric Seay (43) of Birmingham Alabama. Officers also located Seay’s mother, 68 year old Elizabeth Allen, locked in the rear compartment of the truck. Mrs. Allen was treated by paramedics at the scene for dehydration and other non- life threatening injuries.
Seay was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were completed it was confirmed that no kidnapping had occurred. Jeffery Eric Seay was arrested for Elderly Abuse 2nd Degree. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. A bond amount has not been set in this case.
On May 8th 2018 Dothan Police Officers responded to a report of a rape in the 1100 block of Crestline Drive. Officers made contact with the mother of the juvenile victim and she was transported to Flowers Hospital for examination.
The suspect of the rape was identified as Emiliano Rodriguez, 40, of Dothan. Rodriguez was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were completed Emiliano Rodriguez was charged with 10 counts of Rape 2nd Degree, 20 counts of Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree, and 5 counts of Sodomy 2nd Degree. A bond amount has not been set in this case.
Due to the sensitive nature of the case and the victim being a juvenile no more information is being released on this case. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
On May 4th 2018 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Dothan Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery at the Hobo Pantry located in the 700 block of Ross Clark Circle. The cashier on duty reported that a black male entered the business armed with a handgun. The suspect was wearing a white hair net pulled over his face and black sunglasses.
The suspect demanded money from the business and fled the scene with approximately $100.00 in cash. The cashier was able to see him get into a grey van and flee the scene. A short time later an experienced patrol officer, that was training a new police officer, observed the vehicle and stopped it in the 900 block of East Main Street.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Courtney Delaney Thomas, 30, of N. Alice St. Dothan. Thomas was in possession of the money, handgun, and clothing items that were used in the Robbery. Thomas was arrested and charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree. A bond amount has not been set in this case. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.