On June 20, 2020, the Dothan Police Department was called to a residence in the 400 block of Mustang Drive. It was alleged the suspect, Andrew Townsend, had oral sex with a victim that was under the age of 12. During an interview with investigators, Townsend admitted to the offense.
To protect the identity of the victim, no further information will be released.
Andrew Townsend (18) was charged with Sodomy 1st Degree with a bond of $60,000.
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.
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.
On April 1, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a robbery at Andrews Bridal Shop in the 2800 block of Montgomery Highway. During the Robbery, the female employee was sexually assaulted and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business.
Dothan Police began an investigation into the robbery. On April 3, 2019 Chipley Florida had a kidnapping and rape that was similar to the crimes committed in Dothan. The description given in both crimes were the same, as well as, other details involved in the investigation.
The Dothan Police Department began working with the Chipley Police Department and were able to identify a suspect in these crimes. The Dothan Police Department has obtained arrest warrants for black male Travis Dickson Wilson (35) of Cottondale, Florida. The arrest warrants are for one count of Robbery 1st degree, Sodomy 1st degree, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.
Wilson is believed to have fled the area and his whereabouts are unknown at this time. He is believed to be traveling in a Red 2018 Dodge Journey with a Florida Tag. He is also believed to be armed with a handgun. Anyone with any information on Wilson or his location is urged to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.
On April 1, 2019 at approximately 12:30 P.M. Dothan Police responded to a Robbery at Andrews Bridal Shop in the 2800 block of Montgomery Highway. Officers arrived on scene and spoke to a female employee that was working when the robbery occurred.
The employee stated that a black male wearing a dark shirt and dark pants also wearing a ball cap entered the business and inquired about a tuxedo. The male was described as being between 25 – 30 years old, between 5’5″ and 5’9″ tall and weighing between 170-180 pounds. During her interaction with the male he hit her in the side of the head with his fist and the employee began to struggle with him. During the struggle the male produced a handgun and pointed it at her head. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and forced the victim to go to the rear of the store.
Once at the rear of the store she was forced to lay on the ground. The male then removed some of her clothing and began touching her inappropriately. At this point, customers began showing up to the store and the male exited the rear door. He was seen by witnesses getting into a small maroon SUV and leaving the scene. The victim was taken to Southeast Health for treatment with non-life threatening injuries.
The Forensics Art Department of ALEA assisted in making a sketch of the suspect that is included. The Dothan Police Department requests that anyone with any information about this crime please contact them at 334-615-3000 or contact CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.
On June 20th 2018 Dothan Police responded to the 700 block of N. Range St. for a report of Sexual Abuse of a Child. Officers made contact with the reporting persons and discovered that the victim was an 8 year old child. The victim was subjected to sexual contact by Joseph Earl Poke, 53, of Poyner St., Dothan.
Officers made contact with Poke and he was transported to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After all interviews were complete Joseph Earl Poke was charged with one count of Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12 Years Old. He has a bond amount of $30,000.00.
On May 8th 2018 Dothan Police Officers responded to a report of a rape in the 1100 block of Crestline Drive. Officers made contact with the mother of the juvenile victim and she was transported to Flowers Hospital for examination.
The suspect of the rape was identified as Emiliano Rodriguez, 40, of Dothan. Rodriguez was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were completed Emiliano Rodriguez was charged with 10 counts of Rape 2nd Degree, 20 counts of Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree, and 5 counts of Sodomy 2nd Degree. A bond amount has not been set in this case.
Due to the sensitive nature of the case and the victim being a juvenile no more information is being released on this case. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
On April 30th 2018 Dothan Police Investigators received a report of a possible sex crime against a child under 12 years old. An investigation began immediately and the suspect was identified as Joseph Ramirez, 36, of Radford Circle, Dothan.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s home in the 100 block of Radford Circle. Before executing the search warrant Ramirez made it known to police that he was armed with a firearm and made threats against himself and officers if they attempted to take him into custody.
The Dothan SRT Team was used to execute the search warrant. When they arrived at the residence Ramirez had barricaded the doors and covered the windows in the home. The SRT Team made entry into the home through a window and encountered Ramirez with a shotgun making threats to the officers. After a brief struggle Ramirez was taken into custody with minor injuries.
Ramirez was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were concluded Ramirez was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age and two counts of rape 1st degree. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
On 06/17/2017 Investigators arrested and charged 22 year old Quderius Robinson, of Chloe Court and 24 year old Elijha Martin, of Judson Street, with two counts of Burglary 1st degree, Rape 1st degree, and Sodomy 1st degree.
The investigation revealed that Robinson and Martin, armed with a handgun, broke into an occupied residence located in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue. One of the occupants in that residence was assaulted during the burglary.
A short time later Robinson and Martin, still armed, broke into a residence in the 1200 block of Robbins Street. Both subjects sexually assaulted a female juvenile inside that residence. The victim in this case did receive medical treatment for injuries sustained in the assault. Due to the victim’s age no other details can be released.
Investigators and Patrol Units worked through the night and next morning attempting to locate both subjects. Both subjects were located and taken into custody where they are currently being held with no bond. Investigators served several search warrants and located evidence related to these crimes.
All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.