On August 4, 2023, the Dothan Police Department began investigating a report of sex crimes against a juvenile. As a result of the investigation, 40-year-old Robert Lee Whitsette Jr. of Slocomb has been charged with four counts of Rape First Degree and other sex crimes which occurred in Dothan. He is currently being held in the Houston County Jail with no bond.
Due to the sensitive nature of the case, no further information will be released.
On Saturday, July 29, 2023, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Dothan Houston County E911 Center received a call reporting the caller had just shot an intruder who forced entry into the residence and began assaulting another individual. The incident took place in the 900 block of McCallister Road in the city limits of Dothan.
The suspect arrived at the location looking for his ex-girlfriend who he believed was there. The suspect, who was a passenger of a vehicle when it arrived, got out and forced entry through the main entrance of the residence, then forced entry through a second door where he was met by the homeowner who tried to stop him. The suspect forced himself past the homeowner and proceeded to kick a third door until the door was destroyed. He then pulled the ex-girlfriend from the third room and began assaulting her. The homeowner retrieved a handgun and began demanding the suspect to stop assaulting the ex-girlfriend. At that time, the suspect began to charge at the homeowner who then shot him one time in the upper torso. The suspect exited the residence and entered the same vehicle and left. The suspect was dropped off at Southeast Health Emergency Department where he was later pronounced dead.
The driver and vehicle were located a short time later by the Houston County Sheriff’s department outside the city limits of Dothan. The driver and the vehicle were held for investigative purposes.
The deceased has been identified as, Charles Kevin Sexton, 55 years old of Ashford, Alabama. This is an active and ongoing investigation. After consulting with the Houston County District Attorney, it is not believed there will be any charges against the homeowner for the shooting death of Sexton due to him acting in self defense on his own property as well as for the protection of another individual. If there are any criminal charges forthcoming, they will be determined during the duration of this ongoing investigation.
On Friday, July 28, 2023, at approximately 7:25 PM, the Dothan Police Department was notified of a firearm assault that occurred in the 800 block of Arlington Avenue. One male victim who was sitting in a vehicle at the time of the shots being fired was transported to a local hospital and was believed to have been shot in the back and neck area. While receiving medical treatment, it was determined the injuries appear to be metal fragment wounds and not gunshot wounds. The victim’s injuries appear to be minor at this time and he will be released from the hospital.
No motive or suspect identification have been confirmed but officers are looking for a blue passenger car that was last seen traveling north on South Edgewood Drive. Investigators and officers are still working this case and gathering information.
We ask that anyone who may have information about this incident to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000.
On Wednesday, July 12, 2023, officers responded to a firearm assault in the 600 block of North Oates Street in downtown Dothan. An individual was located in the parking lot of a nearby business suffering from a gunshot wound to the face. The individual was identified as 28-year-old Shawn Maxmillion McDaniel of Headland. McDaniel and the mother of his children are estranged and have been for some time. McDaniel attempted to get the female to meet him, but she refused. The female was in the company of an acquaintance when they realized McDaniel was following them. While attempting to get away from McDaniel, they were stopped in traffic when McDaniel exited his vehicle and approached their vehicle armed with a large knife. The acquaintance, who was legally armed with a firearm, warned McDaniel to retreat at which time McDaniel swung the knife. The acquaintance fired the weapon at that time striking McDaniel in the face.
McDaniel sustained a major injury but was conscious and alert. He drove his vehicle to a nearby business where he summoned help. The female and her acquaintance drove to a separate nearby business where they reported the incident to authorities. This incident did not involve any of the businesses where law enforcement encountered them. This is on ongoing investigation and any possible charges are pending.
McDaniel was transported to a local hospital for treatment for the gunshot wound. He was then transported to an out-of-town facility for more specialized treatment. Currently, it is not believed his injury is life threatening.
On Wednesday, May 14, 2023, at approximately 6:05 PM, officers responded to a Firearm Assault at Martin Homes on N. Range Street. Officers found an adult female with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
It has been determined the adults of the residence had a loaded handgun in an area they felt was safe and not accessible to a small child in the residence.
Unknowing to the victim, the child located the handgun and when retrieving it accidentally fired it striking the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital for a non-life threatening injury.
We would remind everyone that if you choose to be a gun owner, do so responsibly and make sure all weapons, loaded or not, are kept in a secure, locked area.
On Tuesday, May 13, 2023, at approximately 4:00 PM, officers responded to a Firearm Assault at Grand Villa Estates on Third Avenue. It was determined one male victim sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen while inside his residence. It is believed an unknown suspect entered the residence armed with a handgun and demanded property before firing at the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his injury. At this time, his injury is not believed to be life threatening. The individual responsible for this incident has not been identified at this time. This is an ongoing investigation and if anyone has any information related to this incident they are asked to call the Dothan Police Department at 615-3000
On Monday, May 22, 2023, at approximately 12:20 PM, officers responded to 3000 block of Cathy Lou Road in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. It was reported the victim and several acquaintances were gathered in the yard when the suspect pulled up, exited a vehicle, brandished a weapon, threatened harm, and began demanding personal property from the victim. When no personal property was handed over, the suspect took the victim’s cell phone before fleeing.
As a result of the investigation, a warrant for Robbery First Degree was obtained for Anastasia Shantell Martin, 20 years old of Dothan. On Thursday, May 25, 2023, officers made contact with Martin in the 1000 block of Cabot Street where she ran from officers before being caught a short distance away. Martin was charged with the outstanding warrant for Robbery First Degree and Attempting to Elude. Her bond was set at $40,500.00.
One year ago today, early on Sunday morning, May 22, 2022, a Dothan man was murdered while outside a downtown café in the 200 block of East Powell Street. The victim was 21 year-old Jacques Adarius McLeod-Roberts, of Dothan. McLeod-Roberts was outside the business when an unknown person walked up and shot him one time. McLeod-Roberts was pronounced deceased at the scene. No motive and no suspect have been determined since then. Over the last year, investigators have followed up on many leads, all of which have been unsuccessful in bringing resolution to this case.
A family lost a loved one that day to a senseless act committed by someone who had no regard for human life. This individual should be held accountable for their actions instead of being allowed to walk free having to opportunity to kill again should they have the desire to do so. We know due to the number of patrons at and around the establishment at the time of the incident there is someone out there who knows who the person is responsible for this crime. We ask that anyone who has any information related to this incident, no matter how small or insignificant they think it may be, to please contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity. Up to $1,000.00 may be paid for the information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime.
On Saturday, May 20, 2023, at approximately 3:45 PM, officers responded to a firearm assault in the parking lot of 1000 South Edgewood Drive, Azalea Apartments. Officers located a male victim who sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury. After conducting several interviews and processing evidence, it was determined the suspect is a juvenile under the age of 18. The suspect is currently being sought and charges are pending. This is an isolated incident that appears to be the result of an ongoing altercation between several individuals. Due to the Alabama juvenile privacy laws and the nature of this case, no further information will be available.
During the evening hours of Tuesday, January 31, 2023, the Dothan Police Department responded to a report of a firearm assault in the 500 block of East Selma Street. Upon arrival, it was determined an adult male had received a gunshot to his hand. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Exact details are not known at this time due to conflicting information being provided. The exact location of the incident has not been determined as of now.
This appears to be an isolated incident and we have no reason to believe the community should be alarmed.