Update: Kidnapping suspect has been identified


At approximately 5:00 PM on, March 16, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to an attempted kidnapping of a small child on Candlewood Drive in Dothan.  It was reported two unknown white males in a red Dodge pickup truck stopped in front of the residence where the small child was playing.  It was reported the passenger in the truck attempted to grab the small child and pull her into the vehicle.

Multiple investigators began working on this intensely due to the seriousness of the matter.   The driver and the vehicle were located.  After interviewing multiple witnesses, the driver, and reviewing lots of surveillance video from various locations, it was determined an attempted kidnapping did not occur.  The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, did stop in the roadway near the small child.  Concerned for her safety, he advised her she needed to stay away from the roadway before she got struck by a vehicle.  It is believed there was a miscommunication or misunderstanding in information being relayed.  However, with the initial indication that such a crime had been committed, we took the matter seriously and did not stop until the investigation proved otherwise.

Circumstances of this nature are never taken lightly and will always be investigated to the fullest extent.  The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in not only this situation but all situations they assist us with.  By sharing our stories, providing us information, and helping identify persons of interest, it greatly benefits our investigations.



Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Burglary and Intimidating a Witness

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.

Firearm Assault -Update Victim Found

Update: The kidnapping victim, Tanesha McLeod, has been located in Montgomery.  McLeod  has suffered a cut to the head and other minor injuries but she is ok.  The suspect is on the run in Montgomery and Montgomery PD is currently in a man-hunt around Taylor Rd and US 231.  More to follow.

The Dothan Police would like to thank The Montgomery Police Department, The Troy Police Department and The US Marshals for their assistance.

The Dothan Police responded to the 100 blk of Woods Drive in reference to a gunshot victim. Once officers arrived, they found a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest and in critical condition. Further investigation reveled that the suspect kicked the door in and shot the victim and kidnapped the victim’s girlfriend.  The suspect then fled the scene on a black KIA Rio with Alabama tag number 38HL126.

We are asking for the public’s assistance with help locating these persons or vehicle. If they are seen, call 911 and advise the location. Do not approach, the suspect is considered  armed and dangerous. If you have any other information on this call,  please contact the non-emergency number at 615-3000.


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