Suspect Sought in Andrews Bridal Shop Robbery

On April 1, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a robbery at Andrews Bridal Shop in the 2800 block of Montgomery Highway. During the Robbery, the female employee was sexually assaulted and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business.

Dothan Police began an investigation into the robbery. On April 3, 2019 Chipley Florida had a kidnapping and rape that was similar to the crimes committed in Dothan. The description given in both crimes were the same, as well as, other details involved in the investigation.

The Dothan Police Department began working with the Chipley Police Department and were able to identify a suspect in these crimes. The Dothan Police Department has obtained arrest warrants for black male Travis Dickson Wilson (35) of Cottondale, Florida. The arrest warrants are for one count of Robbery 1st degree, Sodomy 1st degree, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.

Wilson is believed to have fled the area and his whereabouts are unknown at this time. He is believed to be traveling in a Red 2018 Dodge Journey with a Florida Tag. He is also believed to be armed with a handgun. Anyone with any information on Wilson or his location is urged to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.

 

DPD K9 Range Training

Anytime we can brag about how wonderful the canines that serve and protect you are, that’s exactly what we do! Did you know that Dothan has one of the best groups of canines because we continuously train for situations they may face in the real world. Just as it is important for officers to train with firearms it is equally important for our canines to train at the range. What’s really cool is that we take the same precautions with our dogs as we do with humans, for example did you know that our dogs wear hearing protection on the range?! Just because you can’t see them in the pictures above, don’t be fooled they are all wearing internal ear plugs and don’t mind it at all!

Shell Station Robbery

On April 15, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a Robbery at the Shell Station in the 3200 block of Montgomery Highway. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the employee, who was not injured during the robbery.

The employee stated that at approximately 2:20 A.M. a black male entered the store wearing a black and grey hooded sweatshirt and black and white pants. The employee stated that the male had the hood pulled over his head and his hands in his pockets.

The male approached the counter with his hands in his pocket gesturing that he had a weapon and demanded the money from the register. The employee complied and he escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and several packs of Newport cigarettes. He fled on foot toward the rear of the business.

Pictures were obtained from the store surveillance cameras. The Dothan Police Department requests that anyone that can identify the individual in the pictures or that knows anything about this crime to contact them at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.

Happy national telecommunications appreciation week

Third squad patrol cooks breakfast for dispatch this morning to kick off national appreciation week!

We are so grateful for our dispatchers and all they do. Here in Dothan our team answers 911 calls, non emergency calls, dispatches for fire, police, ambulance services, police primary, police information, animal control and so much more and they do it all at once. They are an amazing team and while we appreciate them everyday, national appreciation week is a great opportunity to say thank you!

Pursuit of Homicide Suspect

The Dothan Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected homicide suspect out of North Carolina who arrived in our city on a stolen vehicle. While investigating this information police located the vehicle and attempted to complete a traffic stop however the driver fled.

The pursuit traveled around Ross Clark Circle to Montgomery Highway where the suspect turned onto Cherokee Avenue, lost control and crashed into a tree sustaining critical injuries. Police on scene rendered first aid until Medics arrived and transported the driver to a local hospital. No other occupants were in the vehicle nor were any other motorists hurt.

Public Safety was our top priority today not only taking this person into custody but also in considering the motorists on the roadway. Police were actively responding to intersections ahead of the pursuit to stop motorists from encountering the oncoming danger.

The Dothan Police Department would like to say thank you to all motorists who cooperated with these emergency stops. We would also like to thank Houston County SO for assisting us. As always a special thanks to our officers that disregarded their own safety to ensure the safety of others throughout this incident.

Two Arrested in Northside Academy Theft

On April 6, 2019 a Burglary and Theft occurred at Northside Methodist Academy in 2600 block of Redmond Road. It was determined that a U-Haul van had entered the property and left with several items totaling over $20,000.  On April 8, 2019 the U-Haul van was located in the back yard of a residence located in the 2600 block of Timothy Road along with some of the property taken during the theft.  After further investigation, W/M Andrew Phillips was arrested and charged with two counts of Theft of Property 1st and Burglary 3rd.  An additional charge of Domestic violence 2nd that occurred on August 6, 2018 in the 3000 block of Evans Dr and Breaking and Entering a Motor vehicle that occurred in 200 block of Petunia Dr.

Along with Phillips, W/M Tevin Coffman was also charged with Theft of Property 1st and Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.

Andrew Phillips has bonds totaling $92,500.00.

Tevin Coffman has bonds totaling $7,500.00.

UPDATE: Traffic Fatality

On April 5th, 2019, the Dothan Police Department’s Crash Team responded to a traffic fatality at W. Main Street and North Woodburn Drive.  After the completion of the investigation, charges have been filed against white male Christopher Britt Hamm, 45 years of age, of Dothan.  Hamm has been charged with one count of Manslaughter ($60,000 bond), and one count of Assault 1st Degree ($60,000 bond).   Hamm was also charged with Driving Under the Influence at the scene of the crash.

Hamm has been processed and transferred to the Houston County Jail. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

2019 Junior Police Academy

The 2019 Junior Police Academy is now accepting applications from Wiregrass youth ages 12-17 who are interested in learning more about the police department. The JPA is a two-week summer program designed to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens through law enforcement education. An extension of community policing, the JPA transforms the traditional role of a police officer into one of mentor and friend. At the same time it encourages young people to be our partners, not adversaries, in building safer schools and communities.

Also, a Junior Police Advanced Class is being offered for participants aged 15-17 who have already completed a prior Junior Police Academy class.

This free program is being offered by the Dothan Police Department’s Community Service Division on the following dates:

  • Basic Session 1: June 3-13, 2019
  • Basic Session 2: June 17-27, 2019
  • Basic Session 3: July 8-18, 2019
  • Advanced Session: July 23-25, 2019

For more information please feel free to send us a note online or call the Community Service Division at (334) 793-0230. Applications can be picked up from any Dothan Police School Resource Officer or by visiting the front desk at the police department.

Traffic Fatality Press Release

On April 5, 2019, at approximately 11:20 P.M., the Dothan Police Department responded to the intersection of West Main Street at North Woodburn Drive after receiving information of a crash with injuries.

Investigators with the Dothan Police Department’s Traffic Division responded to the scene due to the severity of the crash. Through preliminary investigation, it has been determined a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, traveling west on West Main Street, collided with a 2014 Ford F150 that was traveling on North Woodburn Drive.

The driver of the Ford, Richard Lane Williford, 57 yoa of Dothan, Alabama, succumbed to the injuries received during the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Houston County Coroner’s Office. The passenger of the Ford was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence and transported to the Dothan City Jail. More charges are pending following the completion of the investigation.

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our condolences to the Williford family in their time of loss.

Steven L. Parrish Chief of Police