On January 6, 2022, Dothan Police Traffic investigators were dispatched to a hit and run accident at the intersection of West Main Street and Moates Street. The two victims were treated at the scene for injuries and a juvenile was transported to the hospital for serious injuries and is currently in stable condition. The suspect fled the scene occupying a white Chevrolet Tahoe.
The suspect, Christian Wade Haney (24) of Ashford, Alabama was identified through strong community help and coordination with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.
On January 10, 2022, Haney was arrested for Felony Leaving the scene of an Accident and was transported to the Houston County Jail.
The Dothan Police Department want to thank the Wiregrass Community and Houston County Sherriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. The Dothan Police Department would also like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this accident.
On October 9, 2021, Dothan Police Investigators began a murder investigation into the death of Sincere Tyson that occurred on Blissett Drive. Investigators found that Tyson had suffered from at least one gunshot wound and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Investigators have been working tirelessly on this case since the date it occurred. On December 8, 2021, Investigators finally have enough evidence to announce charges on one individual involved in the crime.
Early in the investigation, Investigators identified the suspect, Solomon Cooper of Climax, GA, as a person of interest in this case. After many search warrants and subpoenas issued for various items, Investigators found enough evidence that implicates Cooper in the murder. Warrants were obtained for Cooper’s arrest and he currently incarcerated on unrelated charges in Georgia. Once those charges are addressed in Georgia, Cooper will be extradited to Dothan to face charges in this case.
Solomon Terrell Cooper (19) of Climax, GA is charged with one count of Capital Murder-Burglary. Once he is extradited to Alabama, Cooper will be held without bond. More charges are expected at a later date.
On October 28, 2021, Dothan Police Investigators obtained two warrants for the arrest of Ty’Shauwn Markise Bryant related to the murder of Christina Moore that occurred in September 2020. Investigators, with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Regional Violent Fugitive Task Force, have been following leads on the location of Bryant.
On November 30, 2021, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force received information on a location for Bryant in Georgia. Bryant was located in Newnan, GA by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and taken into custody without incident. Bryant will be extradited back to Dothan to face charges of Capital Murder and Shooting into Occupied Residence. When Bryant returns to Alabama, he will be held in the Houston County Jail with no bond.
If anyone has information about other crimes Bryant may have been involved in, we encourage them to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3632. People with information who want to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the United States Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in this case.
On October 25, 2021 at about 3:24 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to a local restaurant in the 1800 block of East Main Street for a suspicious circumstance call. The officers, once on scene, determined the call to be an armed robbery of a business. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a green shirt, blue jeans, and in possession of a black handgun. The suspect left the area in a black passenger car, possibly a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. No money was taken.
A short time later at 4:08 pm, the Dothan Communications Center received a call of an attempted break-in of a motor vehicle in the parking lot of Wal-mart northside. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a green shirt, blue jeans, and occupying a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The suspect was last seen leaving the Wal-mart parking lot. No property was reported missing.
At 4:46 pm, Dothan Police Officers were dispatched to a local liquor store in the 2700 block of Ross Clark Circle for another armed robbery of a business. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a blue hoodie, khaki cargo shorts, and leaving the scene in a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo south on Ross Clark Circle towards Hartford Highway.
About ten minutes after the robbery of the liquor store, an alert patrol officer noticed a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the parking lot of a strip mall in the 3300 block of South Oates Street with a white male in a blue hoodie going from the Monte Carlo to another vehicle. The officer detained the subject for investigation. It was determined that the subject, Aaron Casey Hurtado (25) of Ashford, AL, had been involved in all three crimes. After obtaining a search warrant for both vehicles, Investigators found a green shirt, black handgun, blue jeans, and liquor bottle in the vehicles that tied Hurtado to all three crimes.
Aaron Casey Hurtado has been arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery 1st degree and one count of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. Hurtado is being held without bond on these charges with more charges expected. The Dothan Police Department will vigorously pursue and arrest those responsible for violent crimes in the City of Dothan.
On October 17, 2021, Dothan Police Investigators were called to the 1000 block of Grant Street for a shooting that injured three people including a three year old juvenile. Investigators utilized every investigative technique at their disposal and have identified a Dothan man as one of the suspects in that case. Jaylen Aristidle (18) was charged in connection with an unrelated shooting in the 900 block of Mercury Drive. As a result of that arrest, Investigators were able to make connections and obtain probable cause to charge Aristidle in the Grant Street shooting.
In addition to the previous charges, Aristidle is being charged with three counts of Assault 1st degree and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Residence. More charges could be forthcoming. Aristidle is being held without bond.
On October 20, 2021, Dothan Police Communications Center received a shots fired call in the 900 block of Mercury Drive. At the time of the call, a Dothan Police Officer in the area heard the gunshots, responded to the area, and observed a silver passenger car fleeing the scene of the shooting. The Officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and a short vehicle pursuit began. During the pursuit, a passenger of the vehicle threw a firearm from the vehicle, which was recovered by other responding officers. Criminal Investigators were called to the scene to begin the investigation. It was discovered the residence on Mercury Drive and a vehicle had been struck by at least one bullet.
Once the vehicle was stopped in the 900 block of E. Selma Street, one of the vehicle’s four occupants ran from the vehicle. The three remaining passengers were detained with the vehicle. Officer located another firearm, a rifle style weapon, inside the vehicle. Officers were able to connect shell casings from the scene to the firearms recovered as the same caliber weapons. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Di’Onandre Culver (18), Jaylen Aristidle (18) and Tyquan Ford (18).
After further investigation, Dothan Police Investigators were able to connect two of the three subjects, Culver and Aristidle, with a different shooting that occurred on October 8, 2021 in the 1700 block of Alexander Driver that left a 12 year old with a gunshot wound. Investigators have charged all three with crimes connected to the shooting on Mercury. The Dothan Police Department wants to thank those in the community who gave information on these cases.
Di’Onandre Mackell Culver (18) of Midland City was charged with one count of Attempted Assault 1st, one count of Shooting into Unoccupied Vehicle, and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Residence for the shooting on Mercury Drive. Culver was also charged with one count of Assault 1st, two counts of Attempted Assault 1st, and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Residence for the incident on Alexander Drive. Culver is being held without bond.
Jaylen Ney’Shaun Aristidle of Dothan was charged with one count of Attempted Assault 1st, one count of Shooting into Unoccupied Vehicle, and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Residence for the shooting on Mercury Drive. Aristidle was also charged with one count of Assault 1st, two counts of Attempted Assault 1st, and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Residence for the incident on Alexander Drive. Aristidle is being held without bond.
Tyquan Quasheem Jamil Ford of Dothan was charged with one count of Attempted Assault 1st, one count of Shooting into Unoccupied Vehicle, and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Residence for the shooting on Mercury Drive. Ford is being held without bond.
On September 21, 2021 Dothan Police performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Reeves St. and Grey Hodges Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 32 year old Travis Welks Miller of Box Springs, Georgia. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle, Kimberly Garrett of Anniston, Alabama.
During the course of the traffic stop approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered inside the vehicle.
Travis Welks Miller was charged with one count of Drug Trafficking. His bond was set at $100,000.00
Kimberly Garret was charged with one count of Drug Trafficking. Her bond was set at $100,000.00.
On September 23, 2021 officers with the Dothan Police Department came into contact with a white female and a white male at a local motel. They were identified as 39 year old April Sangster and 49 year old Freddie Cooley, both of Moultrie Georgia. During the course of an investigation they were found to be in possession of narcotics.
Investigators served a search warrant at the motel room and discovered nine pounds of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
April Sangster was charged with Drug Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She has bonds totaling $758,100.00.
Freddie Cooley was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute. His bond was set at $7,500.00.
On September 14, 2021, Dothan Police Officers responded to a gas station in the 1100 block of Ross Clark Circle for reports of a man with a firearm. Before officers arrived on scene, reports were updated that shots had been fired and a vehicle had been stolen from the scene. Investigators arrived on scene to begin the investigation. According to victims and witnesses, the suspect, Steven Smalley (48) of Alto, GA, approached the victim, armed with a handgun, and demanding the victim’s vehicle. When the victim refused, Smalley fired one round towards the victim but did not strike him. Smalley was able to obtain the vehicle keys from the victim and drove off with the vehicle.
A BOLO was issued for the vehicle as investigators worked the crime scene. Shortly after the BOLO was issued, Smalley was located on Ross Clark Circle driving towards the crime scene. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and took Smalley into custody.
Steven John Smalley (48) of Alto, GA was charged with one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Robbery 1st degree and is being held without bail.
On August 11, 2021 at about 10:00 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 2300 block of Huskey Road for a person down call. The 911 caller told police they had found what appeared to be a human body in a grassy area off the roadway. Officers responded, confirmed the presence of a body, and secured the crime scene for further investigation. Investigators from Criminal Investigations Division Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene to start the death investigation.
After investigation, the victim has been identified and family members have been notified of her death. The victim was identified by fingerprints as Dorothy Diane Sims (66) of Dothan. The investigation into the events surrounding Ms. Sims’ death is still under investigation. If anyone has any information about this incident or if anyone saw Ms. Sims on August 10 or 11, we are asking they contact Investigator M. Owens or Sergeant R. Hall at 334-615-3632, or they can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.
Our deepest condolences are with Ms. Sims’ family during this time.