Robbery Suspect Arrested

On January 10th 2018 at approximately 2:00 A.M. Dothan Police responded to a Robbery at the Shell Station in the 2200 block of Reeves Street. The employee reported that a black male entered the store with a black hoodie covering his face, blue jeans, and dark shoes. The male placed a piece of candy on the counter and as the employee opened the register the male brandished a handgun and demanded money. The male fled on foot towards the rear of the business with $187.00 in cash.

Officers arrived and began searching in the area for the suspect. They located a black male matching the description hiding behind a nearby business. He was taken into custody and identified as 19 year old Latavion Deshaun Marsh of Dothan. Marsh was found to be in possession of the money from the robbery and a black handgun.

Marsh was arrested and charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree. His bond has been set at $25,000.00.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Police Lieutenant Graduates FBI National Academy

The Dothan Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of Police Lieutenant Rachel David from the 274th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  Lieutenant David is a 16-year veteran of the Dothan Police Department and currently serves as Commander of 3rd Squad in the Patrol Services Bureau.  Lieutenant David represented Dothan in a class that included members from all 50 states, 23 International countries, five military organizations, and seven federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers ten weeks of advanced, executive-level leadership training for officers who have been selected through their proven records as professionals within their agencies.

Since 1935, a total of 51,519 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy. The Dothan Police Department has a total of four graduates of the FBI National Academy, that are currently employed with the agency.  Lieutenant David is the first female representative to attend from the Dothan Police Department and one of only 2,305 female graduates since the program’s inception.


Questions regarding the FBI / NA program may be directed to James E. Jewell, Special Agent in Charge, Mobile, Alabama Field Office, (251)-415-3201 / jejewell@fbi.gov.

Lieutenant David may be reached at (334) 873-8525

Arrest Made in KFC Robbery

On Monday December 10th 2018 Dothan Police Officers responded to a report of an Armed Robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken located in the 1800 block of Ross Clark Cir. Reports were that an ex-employee entered the business armed with an AR-15.

When Officers arrived they found the suspect outside of the business still in possession of the gun. He was taken into custody without incident. Employees advised that Da-Nyiss Joshua Smith, 19 of Dothan, entered the business armed with the rifle and demanded his last paycheck. One of the employees was able to call for police and there were no injuries involved in the incident.

Smith was charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree. He is being held with a $200,000.00 bond. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

 

Threat to school received in 911 call

We are asking for assistance from the community in identifying the caller who’s voice was recorded when contacting the Communications Center today.

At approximately 12:45 PM we received a 911 call from an anonymous female who stated that she was at school and “someone said they were going to shoot the school up.” The caller disconnected before providing any additional information.

Additional police officers were sent to Dothan High School as a precaution because it appears the call originated from that area. School administrators also placed the school on “soft lockdown.”

This could possibly have been a prank phone call but our resources were deployed anyway. We need your help identifying the person in this recording. If you think you know who it is, please call the Dothan Police Department at 793-0215.

Dothan Police Respond to Shooting on Third Ave

On December 5th 2018 Dothan Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 300 block of Third Avenue. The shooting occurred around 5 P.M. and police arrived shortly after.

The 24 year old male victim was found laying inside of a house with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Witnesses stated that a black GMC SUV with pink lettering on the back window drove by and they heard five gunshots. After the shots they discovered that one person was struck in the abdomen.

The  victim was transported by ambulance to Southeast Health with non life threatening injuries. He was rushed to surgery and is now listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or contact CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.

 

Joint Investigation Leads to Drug Trafficking Charges

On Tuesday 11/27/2018 the Ashford Police Department and the Dothan Police Department Vice Division executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of Bruner Mill Road concluding a six week investigation involving the distribution of illegal narcotics throughout Houston County.

Investigators seized approximately one pound of crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy (MDMA), Oxycodone, marijuana, and two firearms from the residence.

Investigators have arrested and charged 55 year old Henry Hunter Jr, of Bruner Mill Road with Drug Trafficking (Meth), Drug trafficking (Opium), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (MDMA), Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, and Carrying an Altered Firearm.

Investigators have arrested and charged 35 year old Alissa Little, of Ridgecrest Loop, with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth).

The Dothan Police Department Vice Division worked closely with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Vice Division through the course of this investigation. We would like to thank Ashford Police Chief Vann for his assistance in this case which will definitely make a positive impact in communities throughout the county.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Arrest Made in Domestic Related Murder

On 11-25-2018 Dothan Police Officers responded to an Edged Weapon Assault in the 400 block of Florida Ave. When Officers arrived, 32 year old Mikel Cummings was found inside his residence with a stab wound to his chest. Cummings was rushed to Southeast Health where he underwent emergency surgery.

During surgery Cummings succumbed to his injury. Police Investigators identified 26 year old Nafeesah Shante Thomas as the suspect in the stabbing. The case was determined to be domestic related. Thomas and Cummings were involved in a verbal altercation during which she stabbed Cummings in the chest with a kitchen knife.

Nafeesah Shante Thomas was arrested and charged with one count of Murder. She is currently being held in the Houston County Jail with No Bond.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Robbery 2nd Arrest

On November 20, 2018 at approximately 5:00 p.m., 19 year old Tyrek Jamarr Pettus and 20 year old Kim’mesha Laquese Anderson entered Belks Department store and started shoplifting. While attempting to leave, Loss Prevention confronted the suspects and an altercation occurred. Both subjects are being charged with Robbery 2nd and a $30,000.00 bond each.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Additional Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Charges Filed Against Saffold

In June of 2018 Dothan Police Investigators began an investigation into a complaint of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. The victim, 79 years old, reported that Kevin Saffold represented himself as a family member at a local dental office. Kevin Saffold and Anterica Danielle Mayfield obtained dental work after having the victim sign paperwork.

Between 03-20-2018 and 06-13-2018, Kevin Saffold and Anterica Danielle Mayfield accompanied the victim to Dothan Cosmetic Dentistry and posed as her nephew. Both received dental worked and charged it to the account of the victim without her knowledge of what was occurring. The victim stated that Saffold told her to sign a form to obtain a credit card. Kevin Saffold then charged to her account $5750.00 worth of dental procedures to her account.

On 06-13-2018. Anterica Danielle Mayfield went to Dothan Cosmetic Dentistry and charged on the account of the victim $2150.00 for dental work as well. The elderly victim didn’t know these charges were being filed on her account.
The victim discovered these charges after a credit history was performed and the charges were discovered. No payments have been made on the account by Kevin scaffold or Anterica Danielle Mayfield.

Kevin Saffold was arrested and charged with one count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 1st degree with a $50,000.00 bond. Anterica Danielle Mayfield was arrested and charged with one count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 2nd degree with a $15,000.00 bond. More charges are pending.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

 

Dothan Man Arrested for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, Possesseion of Forged Instrument and Theft

In June of  2018 Dothan Police Investigators began an investigation into a complaint of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. The victim, 79 years old, reported that Kevin Saffold represented himself as a paralegal and would help her build her credit to purchase a home.

On June 7th 2018 Saffold accompanied the victim to Dothan Kia and posed as her nephew while she purchased a 2016 Dodge Ram truck in the amount of $43,888.25. The victim stated that Saffold told her that the purchase would boost her credit score and he would make the payments on the vehicle.

On June 9th 2018 Saffold again accompanied the victim to Dothan Kia. He once again posed as her nephew and had her purchase a 2015 BMW X1 in the amount of $30,846.24. Saffold again told the victim that he would make the payments on the vehicle and this would assist her credit score to buy a home.

The victim reported that she began receiving phone calls from the two finance companies requesting payments for the vehicles that were in Saffold’s possession. No payments were made on either vehicle.

During the investigation into the Financial Exploitation of the Elderly police received another complaint of Saffold being in possession of a voided title to a vehicle. On July 24th 2018 Saffold entered Title Cash in the 2600 block of Montgomery Hwy. and pawned the title to a Lincoln car in the amount of $2,175.00. The title to the Lincoln car was previously pawned by Saffold at Loan Max on July 16th 2018 in the amount of $4,000.00. Mr. Saffold did not make payments on the title pawns for either of the businesses.

Kevin Saffold was arrested and charged with two counts of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 1st degree, one count of Theft by Deception 2nd degree and one count of Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree. He has bonds totaling $85,000.00.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.