On Wednesday, November16, 2022, during the early morning hours, officers with the Dothan Police Department located a wanted felon, Chrisdeon Sanquez Byrd, 24 years old of Dothan. Byrd was wanted for several outstanding warrants related to the Burglary of Money Mizer Pawn and Jewelry on August 12, 2022, in which multiple guns were stolen. Byrd was the last of four suspects to be taken into custody for this crime. He has been evading apprehension since the time of the crime. It was determined Byrd had committed multiple crimes throughout the city while being on the run.
In addition to his outstanding warrants, Byrd has now received the following additional charges:
1 Count of Possession of Burglary Tools
2 Counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance
25 Counts of Theft of Property Second Degree
19 Counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.
Byrd is currently being held in the Houston County Jail with No Bond.
On Saturday, November 12, 2022, while the National Peanut Festival Parade was on going, a group of individuals engaged in a fight near the intersection of West Main Street and Montana Street. During the fight, at least one individual produced a gun and fired into the group hitting two victims. One victim, 22-year-old Garyoun Tyrone Fluellen, of Dothan, received one gunshot to the upper torso. He was transported to Southeast Health where he was pronounced deceased. The second victim received two gunshots to the upper torso and was transported to Southeast Health where he underwent surgery.
As the investigation progressed, we received assistance from our community which helped bring this case to a successful conclusion. The shooter was quickly identified as Mekhi Nasir Lawton, 18 years old of Dothan. Warrants were immediately obtained on Lawton for one count of Murder and one count of Assault First Degree. Lawton turned himself in just before midnight last night. His bond has been set at $1.53 Million.
We would like to thank members of our community who assisted in bringing quick resolution to this case ensuring this individual is behind bars.
On Monday, October 31, 2022, at approximately 8:40 PM, the Dothan Police Department responded to the 700 block of Tuskegee Street, Martin Homes, for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and began assessing the injuries to one victim on the ground. While tending to the victim, the surrounding crowd grew larger and became more and more disorderly causing the officers to divert their attention away from the victim. This victim was transported to Southeast Health for treatment of lower leg injuries from being struck by the suspect vehicle.
The scene also involved a suspect’s vehicle that had struck the front porch of an apartment and upon arrival was unoccupied. While the crowd was being disorderly, a female attempted to remove items from the suspect’s vehicle. After being told not to, the female charged at officers and was taken into custody. When this suspect was placed in a patrol car, she vandalized the rear of the patrol car causing damage before being pepper sprayed.
Two other victims had been transported to the hospital by personal vehicle prior to officers’ arrival. It was determined the female driver of the vehicle intentionally drove the vehicle into the crowd striking the three victims. One of the three victims was holding a 1-year-old child at the time she was struck. The 1-year-old child was unharmed in the incident.
While officers were assessing the scene, several shots were fired in the area causing more alarm and the crowd to become more disorderly.
Ariyan Tranice McCoy, 19 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with Obstructing a Government Operation, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Criminal Mischief Third Degree.
This is an active investigation in which investigators are working diligently to determine the identity of the driver of the vehicle and the person or persons responsible for the gun shots being fired.
The injuries to all three victims that were struck by the vehicle appear to be minor at this time.
On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to Southeast Health to the report of an edge weapon assault. The victim stated she was visiting the suspect in the 500 block of North Herring Street when the suspect, Kenneth Phil Shoemake, began swinging a knife at her and cut her several times on the arm and back. The victim was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
The suspect, Kenneth Phil Shoemake, 64 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Assault Second Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Saturday, October 29, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to the 800 block of Bayshore Avenue to the report of an edge weapon assault. Officers arrived and found the victim suffering from cut wounds on the arm and side area. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The suspect, Amos Leonard Sanders, 52 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Assault Second Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Sunday, October 30, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to the report of a sexual allegation in the 2800 block of Fortner Street. Officers spoke to the adult victim as well as the alleged suspect, Adrian Antwan Jett. After conducting a thorough investigation, it was believed Jett had engaged in sexual contact with the victim without the victim’s consent.
Adrian Antwan Jett, 40 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Rape First Degree. His bond was set at $10,000.00.
On Thursday, 10/6/2022, Dothan Police Officers were made aware of possible illegal dug activity at a residence in the 1200 block of Southland Drive. Officers and investigators went to that residence where they detected a strong odor marijuana inside the residence. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence which led to the discovery of dug activity inside the residence. Two adults and five children reside at the residence.
As a result, Durcelle Alfonza Beasley, 31 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and five counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. His bond was set at $15,300.00.
Sara Louise Hawkins, 36 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, and five counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. Her bond was set at $12,500.00.
On Tuesday, 10/4/2022, Dothan Police Department began investigating a rape allegation that occurred in the 1000 block of Cabot Street. As a result of the investigation, Investigators developed sufficient evidence to charge Albert Smith III with Rape First Degree. Smith is alleged to have forced sexual contact with the victim without the victim’s consent.
Albert Smith III, 71 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with Rape First Degree. His bond has been set at $60,000.00.
On Monday, 10/3/2022, at approximately 7:00 PM, officers were dispatched to the 2100 Block of Montgomery Highway to a male threatening a female with a gun. Officers contacted the female victim who gave details of what had occurred. An argument took place between the suspect and victim and the suspect began threatening the victim with a gun, held her against her will, and forced her to comply with his orders.
The suspect, Quinderris Bernard Grigley, 22 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping Second Degree, Domestic Violence Third Degree, and Possession of a Concealed Pistol without a permit. His bond has been set at $36,500.00.
On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to a strong-arm robbery in the 3000 block of Montgomery Highway. It was determined four individuals became belligerent with the employees of the establishment and began destroying property inside. During their rampage, one of the suspects commented they were going to rob them. Another suspect used a cell phone and videoed the incident. While walking on the countertop of the business, one suspect reached down and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.
The identity of all four suspects was learned and warrants were obtained for each of them. As of 10/3/2022, all four suspects have been arrested and charged with Robbery Second Degree. The suspects have been identified as: Chelsea Ingram, 21 years old of Dothan, AL; Ja’mya Mykia Brown, 22 years old of Geneva, AL; Nyesha Charna-Janay Brooks, 18 years old of Dothan, AL; and Kejuan Lydarion Stoudemire, 19 years old of Ashford, AL. Each of them has a bond of $30,000.00.