On May 13th and 14th Dothan Police received reports of fifteen vehicle break-ins on the east side of Dothan. The reports were from Crossing Ln., Hidden Lake Subdivision, and Brookhill Drive. An investigation began in the crimes and video was released of one of the suspects.
On May 16th the investigator working the case was off duty and made contact with a person he believed to be the suspect in the vehicle break-ins at the Walker’s Deluxe Motel in the 3200 block of E. Main Street. The suspect was identified as 21 year old Nhayquan Travone Bethel of Dothan. He was in the company of 23 year old Shantoria Lashaey Owens, also of Dothan.
Based on information gathered during the investigation Investigators conducted a search warrant of the room and vehicle belonging to the two suspects and recovered property taken from the recent break-ins. The property recovered included several firearms, purses, and wallets belonging to the victims.
Nhayquan Travone Bethel has been charged with fourteen counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and has bonds totaling $210,000.00. Shantoria Lashaey Owens has also been charged with fourteen counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and also has bonds totaling $210,000.00. This investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.
On May 15, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a report of several vehicle break-ins on the east side of the city. These break-ins occurred during the evening and early morning hours of May 13th and May 14th in the area of Crossing Ln., Hidden Lake Subdivision, and Brookhill Drive.
Citizens reported fifteen vehicles broken into. In six of the break-ins entry was made through a busted window. The others were unlocked vehicles. Items taken during the break-ins were two hand guns, as well as, various items such as wallets and purses.
Dothan Police would like to remind the public to always lock your vehicles every time you leave them and never leave valuable items inside of your vehicle, especially in plain view. A video of the suspect has been placed below. Dothan Police request if you have any information about these crimes or recognize the person in the video to please contact them at 334-615-3000 or you can contact CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.
On 05/14/2019 Dothan Police Narcotics Officers and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents made contact with Jackie Lee King, in the 11000 block of East State Highway 52, Columbia, Alabama. During contact, King was found in possession of approximately 4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $20,000.00. King was placed under arrest for Drug Trafficking and taken to the Dothan City Jail. King’s bond was set at $500,000.00. This arrest concludes a lengthy investigation into the methamphetamine drug trade in Dothan and the surrounding areas.
On Tuesday May 14, 2019 Dothan Police recovered a credit card skimmer from a local gas station. An employee at the Marathon Station in the 3300 block of W. Main St. located the device. The employee was alerted to the skimmer because the seal on the gas pump was tampered with. Once the device was found the employee notified police. It is believed that the skimmer was installed sometime the night prior after the gas station was closed.
The Dothan Police Department has put together a few tips to help the public avoid credit card fraud by gas pump skimmers:
Take a close look at the pump: Avoid pumps that have had the seal cut, removed, or appears to be tampered with. If you believe the seal has been tampered with, notify the gas station attendant immediately.
Pay inside, instead of at the pump
Check your credit card statements and sign up for fraud alerts
If you believe that you may be the victim of credit card fraud, contact your credit card company immediately and make a report with your local law enforcement agency.
Below are images of different types of seals at local gas stations and the skimmer that was found today.
On May 8, 2019 patrol officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a maroon Honda Accord. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and officers followed the vehicle until they were able to get it stopped at the intersection of East Selma St. and South Saint Andrews Street. At the intersection the driver of the vehicle, 21 year old Deneco Laquan Dean, backed into one of the patrol cars, then went forward and rammed another patrol vehicle before he was taken into custody by a police canine unit.
After being taken into custody officers located pills and marijuana in his possession. He was taken to Southeast Health where he was treated for minor dog bite wounds then transported to the Dothan City Jail.
Dean was also the suspect in an ongoing investigation into a shooting that occurred on May 5, 2019 in the area of Dusy St. in Dothan. Dean was charged with two counts of Attempted Assault 1st Degree, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree for his actions during the traffic stop. He was also charged with one count of Assault 1st Degree for his involvement in the shooting on Dusy Street. He has bonds totaling $85,000.00.
On May 5, 2019 Dothan Police Officers responded to a report of a person down call in the 1800 block of Montgomery Highway. They arrived to find 29 year old Kevin Le Monkman unconscious on the ground. 40 year old Carla Dawn Meeker was in company of Monkman.
Officers made contact with Monkman who was lying on the ground. Officers attempted to render assistance and Monkman became combative. The officers believed Monkman to be under the influence of drugs. During the struggle with Monkman one officer suffered a fractured leg and dislocated knee. Another officer suffered a broken hand. Both officers were treated at SouthEast Health for their injuries. Monkman also received treatment for minor injuries on scene.
Kevin Le Monkman was taken to the city jail after his treatment and was formally booked late yesterday afternoon. He was charged with two counts of Assault 2nd Degree and has bonds totaling $30,000.00.
Carla Dawn Meeker was charged with one count of Obstructing Governmental Operations.
On Friday May 3, 2019 The Dothan Police Department was notified by Dothan City Schools that a teacher from Dothan High School was possibly engaging in sexual acts with a student. Investigators responded to the school and began an investigation into the claims.
The teacher, Julia Engle (29) of Dothan, was taken to the Dothan Police Department for an interview. Engle and two students were interviewed. After interviews were completed Investigators arrested Engle and charged her with one count of a School employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19 years. The bond has been set at $30,000.00.
This investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed at a later date. Anyone with any additional information regarding this case is urged to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
On April 18, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a shooting that occurred in the 700 block of Arlington Avenue. Officers arrived and found three victims with gunshot wounds. All of the victims were treated for their injuries at Southeast Health.
On April 23, 2019 one of the victims, Cornelius Jaquan Williams (26) passed away from his injuries. During the investigation warrants were obtained on Larry Antionette Garlington Jr. (23) of Dothan for one count of Murder and one count of Assault 1st degree. No bond has been set in this case. On April 30, 2019 Garlington turned himself in at the Dothan Police Department and will await court proceedings.
On April 1, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a robbery at Andrews Bridal Shop in the 2800 block of Montgomery Highway. During the Robbery, the female employee was sexually assaulted and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business.
Dothan Police began an investigation into the robbery. On April 3, 2019 Chipley Florida had a kidnapping and rape that was similar to the crimes committed in Dothan. The description given in both crimes were the same, as well as, other details involved in the investigation.
The Dothan Police Department began working with the Chipley Police Department and were able to identify a suspect in these crimes. The Dothan Police Department has obtained arrest warrants for black male Travis Dickson Wilson (35) of Cottondale, Florida. The arrest warrants are for one count of Robbery 1st degree, Sodomy 1st degree, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.
Wilson is believed to have fled the area and his whereabouts are unknown at this time. He is believed to be traveling in a Red 2018 Dodge Journey with a Florida Tag. He is also believed to be armed with a handgun. Anyone with any information on Wilson or his location is urged to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.
On April 15, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a Robbery at the Shell Station in the 3200 block of Montgomery Highway. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the employee, who was not injured during the robbery.
The employee stated that at approximately 2:20 A.M. a black male entered the store wearing a black and grey hooded sweatshirt and black and white pants. The employee stated that the male had the hood pulled over his head and his hands in his pockets.
The male approached the counter with his hands in his pocket gesturing that he had a weapon and demanded the money from the register. The employee complied and he escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and several packs of Newport cigarettes. He fled on foot toward the rear of the business.
Pictures were obtained from the store surveillance cameras. The Dothan Police Department requests that anyone that can identify the individual in the pictures or that knows anything about this crime to contact them at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.