On Sunday, September 10, 2023, at approximately 1:15 AM, the Dothan Houston County Emergency Operations Center received a call reporting a robbery in progress in the 3300 block of Hartford Highway. Officers arrived and located the victim who stated he and his family arrived home and he was confronted by an unknown suspect who was armed with a handgun and was demanding money. The victim began to run to get away from the suspect. While being chased by the suspect, the victim tripped and fell to the ground. The suspect stood over him demanding all his money while threatening him with the weapon. After the suspect received the victim’s money, the victim retrieved his own weapon from his residence and both victim and suspect exchanged gunfire, but no one was hit. The suspect left in a silver passenger car driven by a second suspect. While the suspect car was leaving, it struck a light pole causing significant damage.
While officers were looking for the suspect vehicle, they located a vehicle matching the description with significant damage and occupied by two individuals in an apartment complex on the south side of town. After completing the investigation, it was determined that was the correct vehicle and suspects when evidence was located linking them to the crime scene. One of the suspects was in possession of a stolen pistol.
One suspect, a 17-year-old juvenile from Dothan, was charged as an adult with one count of Robbery First Degree. His bond was set at $60,000.00. The other suspect, 19-year-old Tyler Deondre Russell, of Dothan, was charged with one count of Robbery First Degree and one count of Receiving Stolen Property Second Degree. His bond was set at $75,000.00.
On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at approximately 3:00 PM, officers responded to a theft call at a local business in the 3000 block of S. Oates Street. The suspect was attempting to leave the business with merchandise in his possession which he did not pay for. As an employee attempted to stop him, he began a physical confrontation with the employee over the merchandise. Officers arrived and were able to take the suspect into custody without further issue.
The suspect, identified as 30 year old William Edward Blizzard of Panama City Beach, FL, was charged with one count of Robbery Third degree and his bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Friday, August 11, 2023, at approximately 11:00 PM, officers responded to a strong-arm robbery at a local business in the 1900 block of S. Oates Street. An employee of the business stated the suspect entered the business and began concealing merchandise in his clothing. The employee attempted to stop the suspect when he began to leave without paying for the merchandise. The suspect pushed the employee out of the way and exited. Once outside, the employee attempted to stop the suspect again and the suspect assaulted the employee and fled on foot. Utilizing a K-9, officers were able to track the suspect to the rear of an adjacent business where he was found hiding in the bushes and taken into custody. The employee was not injured during this incident.
Jonathan Gregory Gunter, 37 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Robbery Third Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at approximately 9:30 PM, officers responded to a reported theft from a business in the 300 block of Columbia Highway. When officers arrived, it was determined the suspect attempted to leave the business with merchandise without paying for it. An employee attempted to stop the suspect, but the suspect assaulted the employee then left with the merchandise. Using video surveillance, the suspect was identified as Lorenzo Gregory Fortenberry and a look-out was issued for him. Later the same night, Fortenberry was located and taken into custody without incident. The employee was not injured during the incident.
Lorenzo Gregory Fortenberry, 38 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Robbery Third Degree. His bond was set at $10,000.00.
On Saturday, August 5, 2023, an Ozark man entered a business in the 2200 block of Ross Clark Circle and began concealing merchandise in his clothing. When employees attempted to confront the man, he attempted to exit the store with the merchandise without paying for it. While making his exit, the man grabbed the employees and pushed them down. A customer acting as a Good Samaritan was able to subdue the man outside the store and hold him until police arrived.
Andrew Lamont White, 55 years old of Ozark, was arrested and charged with Robbery Third Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Monday, May 22, 2023, at approximately 12:20 PM, officers responded to 3000 block of Cathy Lou Road in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. It was reported the victim and several acquaintances were gathered in the yard when the suspect pulled up, exited a vehicle, brandished a weapon, threatened harm, and began demanding personal property from the victim. When no personal property was handed over, the suspect took the victim’s cell phone before fleeing.
As a result of the investigation, a warrant for Robbery First Degree was obtained for Anastasia Shantell Martin, 20 years old of Dothan. On Thursday, May 25, 2023, officers made contact with Martin in the 1000 block of Cabot Street where she ran from officers before being caught a short distance away. Martin was charged with the outstanding warrant for Robbery First Degree and Attempting to Elude. Her bond was set at $40,500.00.
On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, the Dothan Police Department was notified by a Postal delivery worker who reported he had just been robbed at gunpoint in the 600 block of Allen Road. While on his route delivering mail, the Postal worker was approached by an individual who pulled a handgun and demanded personal property from him. In fear of his life, the Postal worker complied with the demands and the suspect then fled on foot. The Postal worker attempted to follow the suspect while notifying law enforcement. Within minutes of the incident, officers located the suspect only a few blocks away while fleeing the area. While searching the path traveled by the suspect, officers located majority of the personal property taken from the Postal worker as well as the weapon used during the robbery. It was determined the gun used was previously reported stolen.
Jermain Tyrone Holmes, 38 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Robbery First Degree and one count of Receiving Stolen Property Second Degree. He currently has no bond.
Assisting with the investigation is the United States Postal Inspector’s Office who will be pursuing federal charges against Holmes for this incident as well.
On Tuesday, March 4, 2023, at approximately 9:40 PM, the Dothan Police Department responded to a robbery of a person in the 1000 block of Ross Clark Circle. Officers met the victim who reported an unknown suspect armed with an edged weapon approached him and demanded money. After the victim failed to produce money, the suspect physically assaulted him and took his personal property.
The victim was able to provide a suspect description and moments later officers located who they believed to be the described suspect in the 1200 block of E. Lafayette Street. After a probable cause search of the premises, officers located the victim’s personal property that was taken during the initial robbery.
As a result, Sherwin Jermaine Foxx, 39 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Robbery First Degree. His bond was set at $60,000.00.
In January 2023, a victim reported to the Dothan Police Department he had been robbed at gunpoint of an ATV he was attempting to sell. The victim met the supposed buyer in the 1200 block of Greenwood Drive. When the victim arrived with the ATV, the suspect produced a weapon and took the ATV. The ATV was later found abandoned across town from where it was taken.
This has been an ongoing investigation. The suspect in this case has now been identified as 20 year-old Mi’Qhueil Jasiah Whigham of Dothan. Whigham has been charged with one count of Robbery First Degree and his bond was set at $30,000.00.
During the early morning hours of Sunday, February 5, 2023, the Dothan Police Department was called to the 500 block of North Foster Street in reference to a robbery of a person. After speaking to the female victim, it was determined she and the suspect, Jamie Emmanuel Townes, had an argument that led to him assaulting her and taking her purse and vehicle. As a result, Jamie Emmanuel Townes, 31 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Robbery Third Degree. He currently has no bond.
At the time of this incident, Townes was out on bond for Murder. Part of his conditions of being on bond for the Murder was to not be involved in any criminal activity. Because of that, his previous bond has been revoked and he currently remains in the Houston County Jail.