On Friday March 22, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a firearm assault in the 600 block of E. Newton Street. Officers found the victim, Lance Bynes (40), laying on the ground with two gunshot wounds. One of the shots entered his right shoulder and the other in his left thigh. Bynes was transported by ambulance to the SouthEast Health Emergency Room with non-critical injuries. He is currently listed in stable condition.
During the investigation officers discovered that the shooter fired six or seven shots in the direction of Bynes and fled on foot in the area. One of the suspects was identified as 19 year old Michael Mantez Gibson of Dothan. Gibson was located and interviewed at the police department.
Once interviews were complete Gibson was charged with one count of Assault 1st Degree and has a $60,000.00 bond. This investigation is still ongoing and more charges could be forthcoming.
On March 19, 2018 at approximately 11:30 P.M. Dothan Police Responded to an armed robbery at the Marathon Gas Station in the 2900 block of Montgomery Highway.
Once on scene officers learned that two black males entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the employee. One male was described as wearing a black and red shirt and black pants. The other male was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. Both males had their faces covered.
The two males fled the scene on foot towards the rear of the store. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and a carton of Newport cigarettes. There were no injuries during the robbery.
This is an ongoing investigation and the Dothan Police Department requests that anyone with any information about this crime to please contact them at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-70000.
On Friday March 15th, 2019 Dothan Police responded to SouthEast Health for reports of a male that was brought into the Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to the torso. Officers arrived and identified the victim as 33 year old Jeremy Rashad Sanders of Dothan. Sanders had one gunshot wound under his left armpit and succumbed to his injury in the Emergency Room.
Officers were able to determine that the shooting occurred in the 700 block of Monroe St. in Dothan. A crime scene was located and Investigators were called to the scene. During the investigation Investigators learned that Sanders was attempting to break up a physical altercation between two females when one of the females, Suctorah Ty’keymah Duncan (23) of Dothan, produced a handgun and fired one round intended for the other female involved in the altercation, but striking Sanders.
Suctorah Ty’keymah Duncan was arrested and charged with one count of Murder and has a $300,000.00 bond. She was also charged with one count of Attempted Murder and has a bond of $200,000.00.
On Friday March 8th 2019 Dothan Police responded to a report of a firearm assault at the intersection of Chickasaw St. and Montana Street. When officers arrived they found the victim, Lenorth Lecarl King (24), laying on the sidewalk with one gunshot wound to the abdomen.
King was transported by ambulance to SouthEast Health for treatment. He was treated in the Emergency Department and taken for surgery. He is listed in stable condition with non life threatening injuries. Investigators responded to the scene and began the investigation.
Dothan Police Investigators are looking for 25 year old Darius Donte Curry. He is wanted for questioning for his involvement in the shooting. The Dothan Police Department requests that anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Curry please call 334-615-3000 or call CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.
On February 24th 2019 Dothan Police responded to Walton Park Recreation Center for a report of gunshots. Witnesses stated that a fight started between two black males in the gym that carried over into the parking lot. Gunshots were exchanged in the parking lot and all individuals involved fled the scene.
One person was injured during the incident and is in stable condition with a non life threatening gun shot wound to his right shoulder. He is awaiting surgery at a local hospital.
Police were able to identify all individuals involved in the shooting. Tristan Van’Dexter Thomas-Forsythe (23) of Dothan was arrested and charged with Attempted Assault 1st Degree for his involvement in the incident. He has a $30,000.00 bond. The incident is still under investigation.
The Dothan Police Department in a collaborative effort with the Alabama Department of Public Health are set to equip Dothan Police Patrol Officers with the drug naloxone or Narcan as it is commonly known. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
This is a very important acquisition for the Dothan Police Department as there have been numerous officers across the country that have had accidental exposures to opioids in various liquid and gel forms. In January of this year a Jackson County Florida Deputy was revived after an accidental exposure to the opioid fentanyl during an arrest.
Training on the Narcan will begin this week and our goal is to have all patrol officers equipped by the end of the month.
The safety of our officers remains paramount and this is one more thing we can give them to help them do their jobs and protect them from the daily dangers of police work.
***** UDATE**** MISSING PERSON HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFELY
On Febuary 16th 2019 Officers responded to a report of a missing 68 year old female at Pointe South Mobile Home Lot on Hodgesville Road. Family reported that 68 year old Bonnie Benson left her residence driving a silver 2006 Toyota Camry with Alabama license plate number 5902AC0.
Bonnie was last seen driving the Camry in the 1600 block of Ross Clark Circle. She is reported to have COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, and has been off of her oxygen for several hours. She is also showing signs of early dementia.
The Dothan Police Department asks that anyone who has seen or comes into contact with Bonnie to please contact your local Law Enforcement. A “Silver Alert” has been issued and search efforts are ongoing.
On February 5, 2019, Jarvis Antiawon Stephens (21) was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle. This occurred on January 31, 2019 at multiple locations on the north side of Dothan.
On February 6, 2019, Johnethan Ekeyesto Kelly (36) was arrested for Assault 2nd Degree. Kelly fired a 12 gauge shotgun in the direction of the victim on Linden Street who was two houses away, striking him with multiple pellets causing minor injury.