Shooting During Peanut Festival Parade Leaves One Dead

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. He is in stable condition.

Investigators are in the preliminary stage of the investigation and have identified two persons of interest. We are asking the community for assistance in locating the two following individuals:  Mekhi Nasir Lawton, 18 years old of Dothan; and Mark Quinten Small Jr., 18 years old of Dothan.

We ask if you have any information on the whereabouts of either of these individuals that you call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of anyone who would like to help in an anonymous capacity.

Out of an abundance of caution, extra police officers will be on hand for the Peanut Festival tonight at the fairgrounds.  We have no reason to believe that this incident is any way connected to the Peanut Festival, rather this lawless behavior by individuals with no regard for anyone else took place where thousands of people gathered to watch a parade.  We will not stop until the person(s) responsible for this act are in custody and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Man Found Dead in the Street

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at approdximately 5:20PM, the Dothan Communication Center received a report of an individual shot in the 800 block of Miles Lane. Dothan Fire and Rescue along with Dothan Police Officers arrived on scene and found the victim lying in the middle of the roadway. Paramedics attempted life saving measures but determined the individual was deceased. The victim had a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences where a forensic examination will be conducted.

The victim has been identified as 36-year-old, Samuel Jeffrey Gray, of Dothan.

We would like to ask anyone who has any information related to this incident to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of anyone who would like to help in an anonymous capacity.

UPDATED: Two Suspects Caught for Diamond Theft

On Monday 10/3/2022, at approximately 2:15 PM, a white male suspect entered a Jewelry Store inside Wiregrass Commons Mall posing as a potential customer. While looking at several pieces of diamond jewelry the clerk was showing him from the display case, the suspect snatched several pieces of the jewelry and ran out of the store. The suspect entered a black vehicle with dark tinted windows and the vehicle fled. Information was obtained during the investigation that made officers think the suspect and vehicle could possibly be from another state west of Alabama. This information was disseminated to all surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Several hours later, an alert deputy in Baldwin County, Alabama was looking for a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description while working on Interstate 10. The deputy stopped a vehicle that was later determined to be the suspect vehicle from Dothan, AL. The vehicle was occupied by two individuals: Colby Allen Ladnier, and Alberto Esquivel II, both of Houston, TX. A probable cause search of the vehicle led to the recovery of evidence related to the crime that occurred in Dothan earlier in the day. Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department had charges related to their encounter. Dothan Police Department will be obtaining warrants for both individuals for Theft of Property First Degree. It is unknown when Ladnier and Esquivel will be transferred to Dothan to be formally charged.

Man Steals Diamonds

On Monday 10/3/2022, at approximately 2:15 PM, a white male suspect entered a Jewelry Store inside Wiregrass Commons Mall posing as a potential customer. While looking at several pieces of diamond jewelry the clerk was showing him from the display case, the suspect snatched several pieces of the jewelry and ran out of the store. The suspect entered a black SUV or Hybrid vehicle with dark tinted windows and a paper tag then drove away.

Anyone with information is asked to call 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.

Suspect Vehicle

UPDATED: Identified (Help Identify Robbery Suspects)

UPDATE:  Thanks to the assistance of our community, both suspect have been identified.

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 Dothan Police Department is asking for the assistance of the community in identifying two of those individuals. If you have any information about the identity of these two individuals, you are asked to call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous you 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.

House Fire Determined to be Arson

On Monday, 9/19/2022, Dothan Fire Department and Dothan Police Department responded to a house fire in the 1100 block of Sumter Street in Dothan. Dothan Fire Department extinguished the blaze and determined the cause of the fire was a result of arson. Two individuals had been seen running from the residence moments before the fire. Those individuals were located and identified as juveniles. Both were charged with Arson Second Degree.

Motorcycle Traffic Fatality

On September 19, 2022, Dothan Police Traffic investigators were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the 300 block of Ross Clark Circle. The crash, which involved the driver of a motorcycle and a pickup truck, resulted in the death of the driver of the motorcycle, Blade Corley of Cottonwood.

 

The Dothan Police Department would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Corley.

Man Receives Non-Life Threatening Injury from Gunshot

On Sunday, September 11, 2022, officers responded to the 700 block of North Alice Street for a firearm assault involving one victim. A 19 year old male received one gunshot to each upper leg. He was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. This is an ongoing investigation in which at least one suspect is expected to be identified.

Dothan Man Found Murdered

At approximately 3:20 AM on 9/4/2022, Dothan Fire and Rescue along with Dothan Police Department responded to a residence in the 600 block of Mauldin Road for a medical emergency. It was determined the victim, 48 year old Robert Blount, was deceased as a result of being murdered.  Multiple persons have been interviewed to attempt to gain information related to this incident.

This is an ongoing investigation, but we ask that anyone who has information related to this incident to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous you 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.

Strong Arm Robbery at Dothan Pavilion

Update: The suspects were successfully identified and charges filed.

On 09/03/2022 at approximately 7:15 p.m. patrol officers were dispatched to the Dothan Pavilion Shopping Center, in the area of AMC Theaters, in reference to a disturbance involving multiple juveniles. Upon arrival, it was determined that a juvenile had been physically assaulted by a group of additional juveniles and had a piece of jewelry stolen during the assault.

This incident occurred in the parking lot and did not involve any of the businesses.

Rescue was called to the scene and the victim was treated for minor physical injuries.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Dothan Police Department.

 

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