On 8/9/2020 at about 0200 hours, Dothan Police Department received reports of a person shot in the 100 block of West Powell Street. Upon arrival, officers found the victim in his vehicle not responding. Despite life saving efforts by police and medics, the victim died from his injuries on the scene. The victim has been identified as Cortez Fitzgerald Hill (25) of Dothan.
We offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Hill. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
The Dothan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is actively working every lead on this case as this is an ongoing investigation. Reports are there were a large number of people in the area at the time of the shooting. If anyone has any information, please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.
During the early morning hours of June 26, 2007, Perry Griffin, an employee of Panhandle Converters and Scrap, was going to go out of town to purchase items for the business. Perry was preparing to leave the business with a large amount of cash, as he had done before numerous times. As Perry was preparing to leave the parking lot of the business, two suspects armed with weapons confronted him.
Evidence recovered at the scene led investigators to believe the suspects may have intended to physically restrain Perry, and possibly take him to another location. It appeared Perry resisted and, during a physical struggle, a suspect fired his weapon and fatally wounded Perry.
The two suspects fled from the scene on foot, after collecting the large sum of money in Perry’s possession. It is believed the third suspect was waiting nearby in a vehicle.
At the time of the incident in 2007, investigators worked diligently around the clock on the case. Persons of interest were developed and countless interviews were conducted. The case had remained unsolved and multiple investigators had worked numerous hours in an attempt to bring this case to a close. Due to a lack of sufficient evidence, they were unable to close the case.
In June of 2020, new information surfaced on the case. Several people have been re-interviewed, several new people have been interviewed, and the original case file has been reviewed meticulously. As a result of this recent investigation and with efforts during the original investigation, sufficient evidence has now been gathered to allow for arrest warrants to be obtained for the arrest of the following three suspects:
Kevin Shawn Thornton (48) of Dothan was charged with Murder, Robbery 1st degree, and a SORNA violation. Thornton is being held without bail on the Murder and Robbery charges and a $15,000 bond on the SORNA violation. Thornton was 35 years old at the time of the murder and was an employee at Panhandle Converters.
Jessie Jerome Swain (47) of Dothan was charged with Murder and Robbery 1st degree and is being held without bond. Swain was 34 years old at the time of the murder and was an employee at Panhandle Converters.
Kendrick Fitzgerald Bryant (30) was charged with Murder and Robbery 1st degree. Bryant is currently in an Alabama Prison and his arrest is forthcoming. Bryant was 17 years old at the time of the murder and his connection is through Swain.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank many agencies for their assistance in this case, to include the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
On July 7, 2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to an armed robbery in progress at a local check cashing business in the 1100 block of North Alice Street. According to reports by the business employees, a suspect entered the business armed with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fired shots towards three employees at the back of the business. As the suspect was fleeing out of the front door, the suspect fired more shots towards an employee behind the counter. No employees were injured during the incident. Investigators were able to identify the suspect through employees who recognized the suspect, identified as Deshone Donald, since Donald was in the business minutes earlier cashing a check.
On 7/10/2020, the U.S. Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force apprehended Donald and the alleged getaway driver, Fredrick Ricks, in Quincy, FL. Dothan Police Department would like to thank the Task Force for their assistance in this case.
Deshone Elesquial Donald (31) of Quincy, FL was charged with four counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Robbery 1st Degree and is being held without bond.
Fredrick Carl Ricks (28) of Quincy, FL was charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree with a bond of $10,000.
On June 23, 2020 Dothan Police Narcotics Investigators arrested 29 year old Diante Teivon Vickers and charged him with one count of Drug Trafficking.
The arrest came after an approximate three month investigation. Narcotics officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle that Mr. Vickers was occupying. During the course of the traffic stop a police canine was used and alerted that the vehicle contained narcotics.
Officers searched the vehicle and found approximately 400 grams of synthetic analog used to make synthetic marijuana. Mr. Vickers was charged with Drug Trafficking and was also arrested for 8 outstanding warrants for failure to appear. Mr. Vickers is currently on bond for Drug Trafficking and a bond amount of $1,000,000.00 was set.
On June 21, 2020, the Dothan Police Department responded to the 700 block of State Avenue for a disturbance call. When officers arrived, contact was made with the suspect, Pamela Reynolds, who was intoxicated. Officers attempted to take Reynolds into custody and she began to resist arrest. During the struggle, Reynolds bit the hand of one officer causing a laceration to the officer’s hand.
Pamela Faye Reynolds (50) was charged with Assault 2nd Degree with a $15,000 bond.
On 5/17/2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to an assault call in the 200 block of West Main Street. Officers made contact with the victim, who was unable to tell police what happened. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division began the investigation and on 5/19/20 developed a lead on a potential suspect. According to witness statements, the suspect, identified as Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan, encountered the victim in the 200 block of West Main Street to conduct an illegal narcotics transaction. When the victim was not willing to pay, Dozier began assaulting the victim with a blunt object. Dozier, after assaulting the victim, is alleged to have taken an undetermined amount of cash from the victim. Dozier was apprehended Tuesday with the assistance of Patrol 3rd Squad Officers.
The victim in the assault is listed in critical condition.
Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan was charged with Attempted Murder and Robbery 1st Degree and is being held without bond. Dozier is also charged with Intimidating a Witness and has a bond of $10,000.
On 5/11/2020 just after 5:00 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 600 block of East Newton Street for a firearms assault. The victim was located, treated by Dothan Fire Medics, and transported to a local hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Investigators from Dothan Police Criminal Investigations Division began their investigation by interviewing neighbors and relatives of the victim. A general description of the suspect, according to witnesses, was a black male wearing camouflage shorts and black shirt last scene walking towards Range Street.
Information led officers at about 10:00 pm to a local housing project in Dothan. Criminal Investigators, Patrol Officers, and Task Force Officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Service surrounded the apartment and took the suspect, Alfonza Walker, into custody without incident. During the search, the firearm believed to be the weapon used in the assault was located, which was stolen.
Dothan Police Department would like to thank the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in apprehending the suspect.
Alfonza Hurt Walker (32) of Dothan was charged with Attempted Murder and Receiving Stolen Property 2nd Degree and is being held without bond.
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.
On 5/11/2020, Dothan Police Investigators, in cooperation with Houston County Department of Human Resources, followed up on a potential elderly neglect reported by Houston County DHR. Investigators discovered the victim had passed away in the hospital over the weekend. A follow up with the hospital through medical records and other relatives revealed the victim was under the care of her son, James Parrish. Investigators uncovered evidence Parrish neglected to provide the proper care to the victim’s medical conditions. As a result of the neglect, the victim passed away in a local hospital Sunday.
James Walter Parrish (61) of Dothan was charged with Manslaughter and Elder Abuse 1st Degree and is being held without bond.
On 5/09/2020 just before midnight, Dothan Police Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 1600 block of Verde Trail. When Officers arrived, Sergio Romero-Ontiveros retreated in the residence and barricaded himself in a bedroom upstairs. After more than three hours of negotiations, Romero-Ontiveros exited the room where he was taken into custody. Due to the nature of the case, no other information about the offense will be released. The investigation is ongoing with more charges possible.
Sergio Romero-Ontiveros (37) of Dothan was charged with Sexual Abuse 1st degree and is being held without bond.