Dothan Man Arrested for Inappropriate Sexual Contact

On 6/15/20, the Dothan Police Department responded to a report of sexual abuse at a local Medical Clinic in the 2800 block of Hartford Highway.  It is alleged the suspect, Luther Hutto, forced inappropriate sexual contact with a female victim in the clinic.  Hutto was on scene and taken into custody.  After reviewing previous reports, it was determined Hutto forced inappropriate sexual contact with a female victim at a local retail store in Dothan on May 7, 2020.

Luther Wayne Hutto (22) of Midland City was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree and is being held without bond on one count and $15,000 on the other count.

Luther Hutto- Two Counts of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree

Dothan Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Assault

On 5/17/2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to an assault call in the 200 block of West Main Street.  Officers made contact with the victim, who was unable to tell police what happened.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division began the investigation and on 5/19/20 developed a lead on a potential suspect.  According to witness statements, the suspect, identified as Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan, encountered the victim in the 200 block of West Main Street to conduct an illegal narcotics transaction.  When the victim was not willing to pay, Dozier began assaulting the victim with a blunt object.  Dozier, after assaulting the victim, is alleged to have taken an undetermined amount of cash from the victim.  Dozier was apprehended Tuesday with the assistance of Patrol 3rd Squad Officers.

The victim in the assault is listed in critical condition.

Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan was charged with Attempted Murder and Robbery 1st Degree and is being held without bond.  Dozier is also charged with Intimidating a Witness and has a bond of $10,000.

Online extortion scams are on the rise

The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has seen an increase in reports of online extortion scams during the current “stay-at-home” orders due to the COVID-19 crisis. Because large swaths of the population are staying at home and likely using the computer more than usual, scammers may use this opportunity to find new victims and pressure them into sending money. The scammers are sending e-mails threatening to release sexually explicit photos or personally compromising videos to the individual’s contacts if they do not pay. While there are many variations of these online extortion attempts, they often share certain commonalities.

SCAM COMMONALTIES:

Online extortion schemes vary, but there are a few common indicators of the scam. The following characteristics are not all-inclusive but should serve as red flags. It is important to remember that scammers adapt their schemes to capitalize on current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, high-profile breaches, or new trends involving the Internet, all in an attempt to make their scams seem more authentic.

  • The online extortion attempt comes as an e-mail from an unknown party and, many times, will be written in broken English with grammatical errors.
  • The recipient’s personal information is noted in the e-mail or letter to add a higher degree of intimidation to the scam. For example, the recipient’s user name or password is provided at the beginning of the e-mail or letter.
  • The recipient is accused of visiting adult websites, cheating on a spouse, or being involved in other compromising situations.
  • The e-mail or letter includes a statement like, “I had a serious spyware and adware infect your computer,” or “I have a recorded video of you” as an explanation of how the information was allegedly gathered.
  • The e-mail or letter threatens to send a video or other compromising information to family, friends, coworkers, or social network contacts if a ransom is not paid.
  • The e-mail or letter provides a short window to pay, typically 48 hours.
  • The recipient is instructed to pay the ransom in Bitcoin, a virtual currency that provides a high degree of anonymity to the transactions.
TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
  • Do not open e-mails or attachments from unknown individuals.
  • Monitor your bank account statements regularly, and your credit report at least once a year for any unusual activity.
  • Do not communicate with unsolicited e-mail senders.
  • Do not store sensitive or embarrassing photos or information online or on your mobile devices.
  • Use strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple websites.
  • Never provide personal information of any sort via e-mail. Be aware that many e-mails requesting your personal information appear to be legitimate.
  • Ensure security settings for social media accounts are activated and set at the highest level of protection.
  • Verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type the address into your browser.

The FBI does not condone the payment of online extortion demands as the funds will facilitate continued criminal activity, including potential organized crime activity and associated violent crimes.

VICTIM REPORTING:

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, reach out to your local FBI field office, and file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov. Please provide any relevant information in your complaint, including the online extortion e-mail with header information and Bitcoin address if available.

Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Fake testing kits, “cures” and “treatments” for the virus, counterfeit personal protective equipment (PPE), and email phishing scams are examples of schemes that have become popular recently. Not only are these scams taking people’s money, they also have potentially dangerous consequences.

Please view the video to learn more about precautions you can take to avoid becoming a victim yourself. We’ve also provided some resources for you to seek help if you have been the victim of a scam as well.

Resources & Links

FDA Health Fraud Program
https://www.fda.gov/consumers/health-fraud-scams

FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

National Center for Disaster Fraud
https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud

Lawdawgs vs. News Action Team

The Dothan Police Department (Lawdawgs) and members of the WTVY News team (News Action Team) came together to play a little flag football game at Rip Hewes to help raise donations of food for the Wiregrass Humane Society.

Although it was tied 20-20 at the half, the News Action Team managed to come out on top 38-40. Thanks to all who participated and came out to support the Wiregrass Humane Society.

Best wishes Officer Yoh

Local local law enforcement as well as our community gathered this morning to show our support to Officer Yoh as as he prepared to depart from Southeast Health for further treatment. Best wishes love and support from all of us here at DPD!

Missing person LOCATED

Thank you for your help. We have a LOCATED the elderly female that we broadcast an alert for earlier described as… may suffer from early onset dementia driving a 2007 Pontiac G6 beige in color on or around Ross Clark circle.