On October 9, 2021, Dothan Police Investigators began a murder investigation into the death of Sincere Tyson that occurred on Blissett Drive. Investigators found that Tyson had suffered from at least one gunshot wound and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Investigators have been working tirelessly on this case since the date it occurred. On December 8, 2021, Investigators finally have enough evidence to announce charges on one individual involved in the crime.
Early in the investigation, Investigators identified the suspect, Solomon Cooper of Climax, GA, as a person of interest in this case. After many search warrants and subpoenas issued for various items, Investigators found enough evidence that implicates Cooper in the murder. Warrants were obtained for Cooper’s arrest and he currently incarcerated on unrelated charges in Georgia. Once those charges are addressed in Georgia, Cooper will be extradited to Dothan to face charges in this case.
Solomon Terrell Cooper (19) of Climax, GA is charged with one count of Capital Murder-Burglary. Once he is extradited to Alabama, Cooper will be held without bond. More charges are expected at a later date.
On August 9, 2020, Dothan Police Officers received a call about a possible kidnapping in the 100 block of Arrowhead Drive. When officers arrived on scene, the suspect, James Johnson III, fled out of a bedroom window and attempted to flee the scene. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect. Through interviews with witnesses, Officers determined Johnson III unlawfully entered the victim’s residence armed with a handgun. When the victim got inside the residence, Johnson III produced the handgun and held the victim against her will.
Johnson III was attempting to deter the victim from going to a legal proceeding involving Johnson III. The firearm that was recovered and used by Johnson III was revealed to be stolen. The Dothan Police Department remains committed to protecting victims and witnesses that report on crimes.
James Morris Johnson III (21) of Dothan was charged with Burglary 1st, Kidnapping 1st, Receiving Stolen Property 2nd, and Intimidating a Witness. Johnson III is being held without bond on Burglary and Kidnapping charges. Johnson III has bonds totaling $20,000 on the other two charges.
On 5/11/2020 just after 1:30 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Decatur Street for a reported shooting. It was discovered that the man who was shot got into a verbal altercation with a family member that turned physical. The family member, fearing for his life, took out his firearm and fired multiple rounds at the suspect, Justin Bland. Bland was struck at least twice. Bland was treated at the scene by Dothan Fire Medics and transported to a local hospital.
After interviews with witnesses and family members, there was evidence that Bland, who was banned from the residence, unlawfully entered the family member’s residence. The family member who shot Bland was not charged.
Justin Tyler Bland (31) of Dothan was charged with Burglary 1st Degree and has a bond of $60,000.
The Dothan Police have arrested two men in connection with numerous burglaries. Raymond Mathis (57) of Dothan, Alabama was charged with two counts of Burglary and one count of Possession of Burglary Tools. He is being held at the Houston County Jail.
Joseph Mathis (51) of Dothan, Alabama was charged with ten counts of Burglary and one count of Possession of Burglary Tools. He is being held at the Houston County Jail.
All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court law.
The Dothan Police have arrested Rasheed Walker (24) of Newville, AL for multiple burglaries in Dothan. The burglaries occurred in the 100 block of East Spring Street, 1100 block of Martin Street, 900 block of North Park Avenue, and 800 block of Chinook Street.
Walker is being held on a $60,000 bond. All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On September 17, 2019 Dothan Police executed a search warrant in the 5000 block of Third Avenue. The search warrant was related to a Burglary that occurred at the Outpost gun store located in the 2600 block of Ross Clark Circle. The suspect, Jefferey Wilson (30), was also a suspect in a burglary of a pawn shop in Geneva Alabama.
When investigators arrived the suspect barricaded himself inside the fifth wheel RV that he was living in. He refused officers commands to exit the camper and the Dothan SRT and Houston County SRT teams both responded the location. While officers were attempting to talk the suspect out of the RV, smoke began coming out of the roof of the camper. Smoke quickly turned to flames and Wilson exited through a window at the rear of the camper and was taken into custody and moved to a safe location.
Dothan Fire Department as well as Rehobeth Fire Department extinguished the fire, however the camper was a total loss. After the fire was extinguished officers were able to recover evidence from both burglaries.
Jefferey Bruce Wilson was charged with one count of burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Arson 3rd Degree and no bond has been set in this case. Wilson will also face charges in Geneva County.
On Aug. 5th 2019 Performance Machine Works, located in the 300 block of Southgate Rd. was a victim of an attempted burglary. The suspects were seen on video surveillance damaging the locks on the fronts doors in an attempt to gain entry into the business. When unsuccessful they went to the rear of the business and damaged the roll up doors before fleeing on foot.
On Aug. 6th 2019 the same two suspects went back to the business and were able to make entry at the rear of the building. Once inside the suspects stole five handguns from the business and damaged a glass case.
Patrol officers were able to identify a suspect in the burglary and made contact with them at Tanglewood Apartments on W. Inez Road. Investigators were called to the scene and a search warrant was conducted at the home of the suspects.
During the search warrant all five handguns were recovered as well as clothing that was worn during the burglary.
Dothan Police arrested 18 year old Jamir Yasin Baxter of Dothan and charged him with one count of Burglary 3rd Degree and one count of Attempted Burglary 3rd degree. He has a $10,000.00 bond.
Dothan Police also arrested a juvenile for Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree and the juvenile was placed in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center.
On Tuesday July 23, 2019 Dothan Police Officers attempted to stop a Chevrolet pick-up truck in the area of Murphy Mill Road for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck fled from officers pulling a utility trailer. The driver drove through the yard of a nearby residence causing damage to the residence and fence. The suspect ended up in a wooded area on Riveredge Parkway in Dothan, leaving the truck and trailer and set out into the woods on foot.
Officers searched the area with help from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, Wiregrass Aviation Support Program, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, ALEA Investigators and Alabama State Troopers. During the search officers located several other pieces of stolen property from the Dothan area. Two more utility trailers and a lawn mower were discovered that had been stolen from a nearby church. In the bed of the truck were numerous stolen items from a recent burglary in Geneva County to include several firearms, televisions, tools, and electronics.
The suspect was not located until several hours later when a resident in the 200 block of Riveredge Parkway returned home and saw a pair of feet sticking out from under a bed in the home. Police responded to the residence to investigate. With the idea that this was the suspect from this morning a Police K9 was deployed into the hose after verbal warnings were given. After no response the K9 searched the residence and encountered the suspect in a bedroom and apprehended the suspect by biting him in the right bicep.
The suspect was identified as 44 year old white male Jason Dewayne Creel of Dothan. He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries from the Police K9.
Once the suspect was in custody the resident noticed that their family dog, a mixed breed lab/bulldog, was missing from the home. The dog was located under the deck at the rear of the home. The dog had been stabbed by the suspect multiple times in the throat. The family dog, Buddy, did not survive this attack. Creel later admitted to police that the dog “came at him” so he stabbed him with his pocket knife.
Creel, wet and dirty from his time in the wooded area removed his clothes and hid them in a closet. He helped himself to food and drink from the refrigerator. Creel also logged into the family computer and watched pornography until he finally crawled under a bed and fell asleep until awoken by Dothan Police K9 Xander.
Jason Dewayne Creel is charged with three counts of Theft of Property 1st degree, one count of Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree, one count of Burglary 3rd degree, one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty, and Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess Firearms. He is being held with no bond in this case.
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be forthcoming.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Dothan Police Department was called to the 100 block of Radford Circle in reference to a report of a robbery and assault. Upon arrival, officers determined the door to the victim’s residence had been kicked in by two black male suspects. The suspects had their faces covered with shirts and at least one of the suspects was armed with a long gun. While one suspect rummaged through the victim’s house looking for money and valuables, the other suspect physically assaulted the victim. While the one suspect was assaulting the victim, the shirt came off of his face and the victim recognized him as a previous acquaintance. The victim was able to provide the one suspect’s identity to police. The suspects took the victim’s wallet and cell phone before making their getaway. The victim’s injuries were minor and did not require medical treatment. Investigators have located and charged the one suspect, 22-year-old Con’travius Deunte Parks of Dothan, with one count of Burglary First-Degree and one count of Robbery First-Degree with a $150,000.00 bond on each charge. The investigation is ongoing and the Dothan Police Department asks that anyone with information related to this incident please contact the Dothan Police Department at 615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 793-7000.
On July 17, 2018 patrol officers recognized a man wanted in connection with several burglaries of local businesses. Patrol officers were able to capture 20 year old Brandon Lashun Pearson of Liberty Ct. Dothan.
From June 18, 2018 to July 17, 2018 several local businesses were burglarized by breaking out the front glass doors. Pearson was charged with seven counts of Burglary 3rd degree. The businesses he was charged with are the Dollar General and Hop-In on Cottonwood Highway, Italian Express and People Ready on Ross Clark Circle, Styles Unlimited Barber Shop on South Oates St., Wiregrass Recreation Center on Sixth Ave., and the Family Dollar on Palm Jean Road. Pearson was also charged with one count of Robbery 1st degree for the Robbery of a person in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue.
Pearson was booked into the Dothan City Jail and has bonds totaling $161,000.00.