On 5/25/2020, several concerned citizens contacted the Dothan Police Department about ducks and geese that were found deceased. A post made on a social media site alleged the wildlife had been killed by an unknown poison. At this time, there is no evidence to support the accusation that any poison was used on wildlife at Emerald Lake although it cannot be ruled out at this stage in the investigation. The Dothan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the case to determine if the deaths were caused by environmental causes or by a criminal action.
Due to the unusual nature of the investigation, the Dothan Police Department is currently seeking advice and support from various public and private entities in an attempt to provide answers to the members of the community.
On 5/17/2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to an assault call in the 200 block of West Main Street. Officers made contact with the victim, who was unable to tell police what happened. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division began the investigation and on 5/19/20 developed a lead on a potential suspect. According to witness statements, the suspect, identified as Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan, encountered the victim in the 200 block of West Main Street to conduct an illegal narcotics transaction. When the victim was not willing to pay, Dozier began assaulting the victim with a blunt object. Dozier, after assaulting the victim, is alleged to have taken an undetermined amount of cash from the victim. Dozier was apprehended Tuesday with the assistance of Patrol 3rd Squad Officers.
The victim in the assault is listed in critical condition.
Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan was charged with Attempted Murder and Robbery 1st Degree and is being held without bond. Dozier is also charged with Intimidating a Witness and has a bond of $10,000.
On 5/11/2020 just after 5:00 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 600 block of East Newton Street for a firearms assault. The victim was located, treated by Dothan Fire Medics, and transported to a local hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Investigators from Dothan Police Criminal Investigations Division began their investigation by interviewing neighbors and relatives of the victim. A general description of the suspect, according to witnesses, was a black male wearing camouflage shorts and black shirt last scene walking towards Range Street.
Information led officers at about 10:00 pm to a local housing project in Dothan. Criminal Investigators, Patrol Officers, and Task Force Officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Service surrounded the apartment and took the suspect, Alfonza Walker, into custody without incident. During the search, the firearm believed to be the weapon used in the assault was located, which was stolen.
Dothan Police Department would like to thank the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in apprehending the suspect.
Alfonza Hurt Walker (32) of Dothan was charged with Attempted Murder and Receiving Stolen Property 2nd Degree and is being held without bond.
On 5/11/2020 just after 1:30 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Decatur Street for a reported shooting. It was discovered that the man who was shot got into a verbal altercation with a family member that turned physical. The family member, fearing for his life, took out his firearm and fired multiple rounds at the suspect, Justin Bland. Bland was struck at least twice. Bland was treated at the scene by Dothan Fire Medics and transported to a local hospital.
After interviews with witnesses and family members, there was evidence that Bland, who was banned from the residence, unlawfully entered the family member’s residence. The family member who shot Bland was not charged.
Justin Tyler Bland (31) of Dothan was charged with Burglary 1st Degree and has a bond of $60,000.
On 5/11/2020, Dothan Police Investigators, in cooperation with Houston County Department of Human Resources, followed up on a potential elderly neglect reported by Houston County DHR. Investigators discovered the victim had passed away in the hospital over the weekend. A follow up with the hospital through medical records and other relatives revealed the victim was under the care of her son, James Parrish. Investigators uncovered evidence Parrish neglected to provide the proper care to the victim’s medical conditions. As a result of the neglect, the victim passed away in a local hospital Sunday.
James Walter Parrish (61) of Dothan was charged with Manslaughter and Elder Abuse 1st Degree and is being held without bond.
On 5/09/2020 just before midnight, Dothan Police Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 1600 block of Verde Trail. When Officers arrived, Sergio Romero-Ontiveros retreated in the residence and barricaded himself in a bedroom upstairs. After more than three hours of negotiations, Romero-Ontiveros exited the room where he was taken into custody. Due to the nature of the case, no other information about the offense will be released. The investigation is ongoing with more charges possible.
Sergio Romero-Ontiveros (37) of Dothan was charged with Sexual Abuse 1st degree and is being held without bond.