On April 5, 2022, Dothan Police arrested Omarion Jackson, of Dothan, after a lengthy investigation involving child pornography. This investigation was the result of a tip sent from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Investigators with the Dothan Police Department, who are members of the ICAC Task Force, began an investigation that led to this arrest. The investigation revealed Jackson was in possession of multiple files containing child pornography.
Currently, 18 year-old Omarion Jackson, of Dothan, has been charged with 50 counts of possession of Child Pornography. There is additional evidence, in this case, to be examined which could possibly lead to additional charges. His bond is currently set at $750,000.00.
On April 4, 2022, at approximately 10:50 PM, Dothan Police officers responded to an assault call in the 1800 block of Lake Street. Officers found the victim with injuries to his face, neck, arms, and torso. The investigation revealed that during a verbal argument, the suspect, Avonte’ O’Shawn Dozier, used a paintball gun and shot the victim multiple times from a close range. Most of the victim’s injuries were minor except for an orbital socket injury that initially appeared to be moderate to severe. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent treatment for his injuries.
It is believed Dozier used the paintball gun as a dangerous weapon for the purpose of intentionally causing injury to the victim. This, coupled with the fact the victim did receive a serious physical injury, 24 year-old Avonte’ O’Shawn Dozier of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Assault First Degree. His bond was set at $30,000.00.
On April 1, 2022, 33 year-old Anthony Kevin Phillips, Jr., of Dothan, went to the victim’s residence on Cynitha Drive where he was allowed entry because the victim was familiar with him. After entering, the victim quickly realized Phillips was not acting in a rational manner as he became hostile. The victim, in fear of their safety, repeatedly told Phillips to leave as the victim retreated to a back room. Phillips followed and threw the victim to the floor before a family member intervened. When officers arrived, Phillips was still present. As a result of his actions, Phillips was charged with Burglary second degree. His bond was set at $30,000.00.
On April 1, 2022, 34 year-old Roy Lee James, of Dothan fired several shots from a weapon toward a vehicle occupied by an adult and four juveniles. The incident took place in the 100 block of Clayton Street, a public housing community. Just prior to this, an altercation had taken place between one of James’ family members and one of the persons in the vehicle, which apparently led James to seek retaliation. Fortunately, no one was injured during this incident. As a result, James was charged with five counts of Attempted Assault first degree. His bond was set at $75,000.00.
On March 21, 2022, 23 year-old Corey Taeon Hadley, of Dothan, is alleged to have unlawfully entered the victim’s vehicle in the 500 block of Pine Street in Dothan. Once inside the vehicle, Hadley took the victim’s cell phone. Using the victim’s cell phone, Hadley accessed the victim’s banking information and sent money to himself. As a result, Hadley was charged with one count of Breaking and Entering a Vehicle, and one count of Identity Theft. His bond was set at $30,000.00.
On March 29, 2022, a female victim reported to the Dothan Police Department that during the first week of March 2022, she was the victim of domestic violence situation. She reported during the incident it escalated to the point she was thrown to the floor then choked, cutting her airway off and she could not breathe.
On March 31, 2022, after an investigation into the matter, the Dothan Police Department has arrested 24 year-old Robert Allen Maddox Jr., of Dothan, and charged him with one count of Domestic Violence Strangulation. His bond was set at $30,000.00.
On March 30, 2022, officers responded to Somerset Street in Dothan for a theft of property complaint. The victim reported multiple items had been taken and provided officers with the suspect’s name, description, and vehicle description. Later, patrol officers located the suspect and the vehicle. It was discovered the suspect had provided a false name to officers in order to avoid outstanding criminal charges in two other states. The stolen items were located in the vehicle being operated by the suspect. Then, it was determined the vehicle the suspect was operating was stolen.
Stephen Wesley Bryant, 46 years old, of Dothan, was charged with Theft of Property Third Degree, Obstructing Justice Using a False Identity, and Receiving Stolen Property First Degree. His bond is $60,000.00.
On March 30, 2022, Jonathan Tyler Grantham, 28 years-old of Webb, AL was charged with several counts of identity theft. Grantham obtained the victim’s personal and banking information then proceeded to make several online purchases as well as made payments on some of his personal accounts. At this point in the investigation, it is not clear how Grantham obtained the victim’s information, but it is believed that he did not act alone. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be possible.
Currently, Grantham has been charged with 15 counts of Identity Theft. His bond is $225,000.00.
On February 14, 2022, 20 year-old Adham Khaled Bakr, of Dothan was charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography. Those charges were the result of a tip sent from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Investigators with the Dothan Police Department, who are members of the ICAC Task Force, began an investigation that led to these charges.
On March 29, 2022, as part of the ongoing investigation, additional evidence led to Bakr being charged with five counts of dissemination of child pornography. For these five charges, his bond has been set at $150,000.00.
On March 28, 2022, the Dothan Fire Department and Police Department responded to an active structure fire in the 100 block of South Oates Street. Due to the confined streets of the downtown area and the equipment used to battle the blaze, a small portion of South Oates Street had to be shut down.
Within minutes of this fire, a second active structure fire was discovered in the 200 block of North Oates Street, which was a two-story motel. This too led to the street being shut down, which then caused a large portion of North and South Oates Street to be blocked off. Because the two active fires were within minutes, and within blocks of each other, suspicion was quickly raised. A criminal arson investigator from the Police Department began working alongside the Dothan Fire Marshall and they were able to determine both fires were a result of arson.
Both structures received extensive damage from the fires, however, no one was injured in either fire. Upon officers’ arrival at the second fire, they observed a person of interest coming from the area of the fire. That individual was detained as part of the active investigation. Subsequently, the investigations led to the arrest of 38 year-old Jeffrey Watford, of Dothan, who was charged with two counts of arson second-degree. His bond has been set at $60,000.00. A motive in these cases has not been determined at this time.