Man Charged with Kidnapping

On Sunday, July 23, 2023, the Dothan Police Department was contacted by a concerned family member who reported a female family member was unaccounted for. The victim was last seen approximately twelve hours earlier in the company of her boyfriend, Tarrence Lee Wright. At that time family members were concerned for the victim’s safety due to Wright being in possession of a firearm. Family members had attempted to contact the female victim at her residence on W. Selma Street but were unsuccessful. While there, family members noticed some unusual circumstances that casued them to be concerned for the safety of the victim, so they notified law enforcement.

When officers arrived, they were unable to make contact with anyone inside the residence. Officers noticed several things that led them to believe a physical altercation had taken place outside the residence. While officers were on scene, they were able to make contact with the victim by telephone. During the conversation, officers believed the female could possibly be in distress, and she would not give her current location. A search warrant was prepared and executed at the victim’s residence. While executing the search warrant, investigators located the victim and her boyfriend, Tarrance Lee Wright. Investigators also located a pistol inside the residence.

The victim had several facial injuries and contusions on her head where she stated Wright had beaten her with a pistol. She also stated Wright would not allow her to leave the residence, answer the door for anyone, or allow anyone to know her location. The victim was treated for her minor injuries and will make a full recovery.

Tarrence Lee Wright, 31 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Kidnapping First Degree, one count of Domestic Violence First Degree, and one count of Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol. He is currently being held in the Houston County Jail with no bond.

Tarrence Lee Wright –
Kidnapping 1st Degree
Domestic Violence 1st Degree
Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol


Man Attempts to Kidnap a Child

On Monday, May 8, 2023, at approximately 5:30 PM, the Dothan Police Department responded to an attempted kidnapping call in the 900 block of South Ussery Street. Officers learned the suspect, Antonio McBride, attempted to grab a small child, under the age of 12, and pull the child into his residence. McBride was unsuccessful in getting the child into his residence due to the child getting away from him and fleeing. The child’s parent was close by at the time this occurred. When the child was grabbed, the child yelled out and the parent quickly responded. After the parent retrieved the child, McBride attempted to lure the child again.

As a result, Antonio Perez McBride, 44 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Attempted Kidnapping 2nd Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.

Antonio Perez McBride – Attempted Kidnapping 2nd Degree

Last of 5 Murder Suspects Arrested in Georgia

In July of 2022, the Dothan Police Department along with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department conducted a joint investigation into the disappearance of two individuals from Dothan. Shauna Terry and her boyfriend, Damien Bell were reported missing by family members. During the joint investigation, it was learned the two individuals were shot and killed; one in Dothan, and one in Holmes County, Florida. Both bodies were then buried in Holmes County.

A total of five suspects were identified as being involved in this incident. Four of those suspects were arrested during the days surrounding the investigation. The fifth suspect, MacAuthur Mike Hawkins, has been on the run since then attempting to evade capture.

On Wednesday morning, April 26, 2023, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force from Atlanta took MacAuthur Mike Hawkins into custody near a residence he was living at in Decatur, Georgia without incident. Hawkins was using a false identity living with an individual portraying to be someone he was not. Hawkins will be held in Georgia until extradition to the Houston County Jail can be arranged. Once he arrives at the Houston County Jail, he will be formally charged with one count of Capital Murder, one count of Kidnapping First Degree, and one count of Abuse of a Corpse. He will have no bond.

MacAuthur Mike Hawkins

Man Charged with Kidnapping, Domestic Violence, and Pistol with no Permit

On Monday, 10/3/2022, at approximately 7:00 PM, officers were dispatched to the 2100 Block of Montgomery Highway to a male threatening a female with a gun. Officers contacted the female victim who gave details of what had occurred. An argument took place between the suspect and victim and the suspect began threatening the victim with a gun, held her against her will, and forced her to comply with his orders.

The suspect, Quinderris Bernard Grigley, 22 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping Second Degree, Domestic Violence Third Degree, and Possession of a Concealed Pistol without a permit. His bond has been set at $36,500.00.

Quinderris Bernard Grigley – Kidnapping Second Degree, Domestic Violence Third Degree, and Possession of a Concealed Pistol without a permit

Two Dothan Women Charged with Hindering Prosecution

In July of 2022, the Dothan Police Department began working a double murder investigation along with Holmes County, Florida Sheriff’s Department. During the investigation, five individuals were identified as suspects. Two of those suspects; 32 year old Devante Williams, and 31 year old MacAuthur Hawkins, both of Dothan, are still being sought by the Dothan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals. Williams and Hawkins are wanted for one count of Capital Murder, one count of Kidnapping First Degree and one count of Abuse of a Corpse.

In recent days, investigators have identified two females that have been hindering the apprehension of Devante Williams by providing him with housing and vehicles. Quantasia Johnson, 27 years old from Dothan, and Cathleen Harvis, 26 years old from Enterprise, have each been charged with one count of Hindering Prosecution First Degree. Each one has a $15,000.00 bond.

If you have any information related to the whereabouts of Devante Williams or MacAuthur Hawkins, we ask that you contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity. A reward may be offered for any information that leads to the apprehension of either of these two individuals.


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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