GA Man Arrested for Attempted Murder and Robbery

On September 14, 2021, Dothan Police Officers responded to a gas station in the 1100 block of Ross Clark Circle for reports of a man with a firearm.  Before officers arrived on scene, reports were updated that shots had been fired and a vehicle had been stolen from the scene.  Investigators arrived on scene to begin the investigation.  According to victims and witnesses, the suspect, Steven Smalley (48) of Alto, GA, approached the victim, armed with a handgun, and demanding the victim’s vehicle.  When the victim refused, Smalley fired one round towards the victim but did not strike him.  Smalley was able to obtain the vehicle keys from the victim and drove off with the vehicle.

A BOLO was issued for the vehicle as investigators worked the crime scene.  Shortly after the BOLO was issued, Smalley was located on Ross Clark Circle driving towards the crime scene.  Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and took Smalley into custody.

Steven John Smalley (48) of Alto, GA was charged with one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Robbery 1st degree and is being held without bail.

19 Year Old Charged with Two Gas Station Robberies

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.

Murder of Perry Griffin Solved After 13 Years

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. Continue reading “Murder of Perry Griffin Solved After 13 Years”

Shots fired during Armed Robbery Lands Two in Jail

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.

 

Dothan Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Assault

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.

Masked Men Rob Local Business

The Dothan police responded to the 4900 blk of Montgomery Hwy in reference to a robbery.  The store employee told officers that 3 men armed with shotguns and a rifle came into the store a little after 2:30 this morning. The masked men jumped the counter and threatened and demanded money from the employee.  The suspects fled the scene prior to police arriving and  got away with an undisclosed amount of money The employee was  not injured in the robbery.

If you have any information concerning the robbery please call 615-3000 or Crime Stoppers at  793-7000.

                                              

 

Shooter-Kidnapper Arrested

On 1/18/2020, The Dothan Police have arrested Juan Marcus Roberson (28) for the shooting of one victim and kidnapping the second.  Roberson was arrested Saturday night after he fled the shooting in the 100 blk of woods Drive. Roberson grabbed the kidnapping victim, Tanesha McLeod  and pushed her in the car and assaulted her all the way to Montgomery.  Once in Montgomery, Roberson stopped for gas and Miss McLeod was able to gain control over the vehicle and fled to another gas station in Montgomery.

The Montgomery Police Department responded and got into a foot pursuit of Roberson and  he was able to evade capture initially but was later captured by the Montgomery Police with the help of helicopters and police K-9s.

Roberson is being charged with Attempted Murder, Kidnapping 1st degree, Robbery 1st degree and Sodomy 1st degree, and is being held with no bond.

The shooting victim received a single gunshot wound to the chest and made it through surgery and he is listed in stable condition.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the Montgomery Police Department, The Troy Police Department, The Dale County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit and the US Marshals for their assistance in bringing this case to closure without further victims.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Robbery in Dothan Suspects Apprehended

The Dothan Police Department responded to the 1700 Montgomery Hwy,  in reference to an armed robbery in progress. Once officers arrived, they engaged in a foot pursuit and with the help of some bystanders two suspects were apprehended.

The Dothan Police Department have arrested Chance Wilson (21) of Summersville SC , and Chad Pinckney (18)  of Charleston, SC  and charged  both suspects with Robbery 1st Degree.

Both suspects are being held on no bond.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty  in a court of law.

 

Dothan Police Nab Car-Jacking Suspect

Dothan Police arrested Joseph Joyce (32) of Dothan, after he attempted to car-jack  two different vehicles from  two different elderly victims.  One incident occurred in the intersection of Draper and Allen and the other was in the 900 block of Eagle Rd. Both robbery attempts failed . Police canines were used to track Joyce in the area of an abandoned house in the 900 block of Allen Rd where he was arrested and charged with 2 counts of robbery 3rd and is being held on a $30,000 bond.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Suspect Caught After Robbery.

Dothan Police responded to a robbery in progress at the Circle K, 4196  Ross Clark. Patrol officers surrounded the area and apprehended  Derrick Gibson (31) of Dothan. Gibson will be charged with  robbery 1st and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.