On December 19, 2020 around 11:00 pm, an unknown suspect entered a gas station in the 3400 block of Denton Road armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect collected an undisclosed amount of cash, vaping equipment, and cigars then fled the scene on foot. Investigators had been working leads in an attempt to identify the person responsible.
On January 27, 2021 at about 05:00 am, an unknown suspect, believed to be the same suspect as the prior robbery, entered the store armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect collected an undisclosed amount of cash, vaping equipment, and cigars then fled the scene on foot. Investigators canvassed the area near where the robbery occurred and came to an address in the 2100 block of Oakdale Driver, which is a short distance from the store.
Investigators were speaking with a 19 year old man who came to the door. Through some standard questions, the man, identified as Romaine McFarland, confessed to robbing the store on both occasions. A search warrant was conducted on the residence and items were found that incriminated McFarland in both robberies. Among the items found was cash determined to be from the robbery, cigars like the ones taken, vaping equipment like the ones taken, and clothes that were similar to clothes worn by the suspect in both robberies.
Romaine McFarland (19) of Dothan was arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery 1st degree with bonds totaling $120,000.
On January 17, 2021, Dothan Police Investigators began a homicide investigation into the death of Willis Rambo Jr. in the 900 block of Morris Street. Investigators have been reviewing video footage from the area, interviewing witnesses, and attempting to locate persons of interest. One of those persons of interest was located in Montgomery, AL yesterday and arrested on unrelated warrants. The suspect was transported to Dothan and interviewed by Investigators.
Christian De-Andre McCallister (19) has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Rambo Jr. and booked into the Dothan City Jail. McCallister is being held without bond. As the investigation continues, more arrests are possible.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in this investigation as well as assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in apprehending McCallister. Anyone with any other information about this crime should contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or anonymously call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.
On January 17, 2021 at about 4:00 pm, Dothan Police Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Morris Street for a firearm assault. When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim, identified as Willis Rambo Jr. (20) of Dothan, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers and Paramedics performed life saving treatment on Rambo but efforts were unsuccessful. Rambo was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators are looking for any information regarding this crime. If you or someone you know has information about this crime, please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department is committed to protecting witnesses who come forward with information.
On June 25, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about an individual possessing and disseminating child pornography in the City of Dothan. The Special Investigations Unit of the Dothan Police Department, who has investigators on the Alabama ICAC Task Force, began its investigation into the criminal action. After more than five months of investigation that included numerous subpoenas and search warrants, Dothan Police Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 1400 block of Eastwood Drive on December 7, 2020.
The suspect in this case, Jeremy Downes, was taken into custody. Investigators seized electronic equipment in Downes’ home as part of the search warrant for forensic analysis. As a result of the forensic analysis of Downes’ electronic devices found in his home, Downes has been charged with additional criminal charges. The forensic analysis is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance and partnership in this case.
Jeremy Wayne Downes (44) of Dothan has been charged with 28 counts of Dissemination/Display of Child Pornography, 14 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 14 counts of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography. Johnson is being held on bonds totaling $1.47 million.