A juvenile male now faces attempted murder charges after bringing a firearm to school and attempting to pull the trigger twice, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich announced on Friday via Twitter.
According to Prichard Police Department spokeswoman Melanie Baldwin, the 14-year-old student pulled out a revolver and attempted to fire the weapon two times during an altercation with another student at Vigor High School in Prichard Aug. 27.
“We have no idea where the student got the gun,” she said. “The gun had nine chambers and fortunately, the first two were empty.”
The student was quickly taken into custody by school administration and transported to Strickland Youth Center, where he was first charged as a minor in possession of a firearm, Baldwin said.
According to Baldwin, the Prichard Police Department is aggressively prosecuting cases in which suspects use firearms.
“Cases such as these will not be tolerated in our schools or community,” Baldwin wrote in a press release.
According to Mobile County Public School System spokeswoman Nancy Pierce, the student was suspended from school Aug. 27, and Vigor High School Principal Gerald Cunningham has recommended him for expulsion. She said the school board would then decide on the expulsion.
Pierce said MCPSS will not add any additional safety precautions at this time, but stated incidents of this type remind teachers, staff and principals to be extra vigilant.
Amber Alert child found in Eight Mile
Prichard police located a 9-year-old boy in Eight Mile, Ala. Aug. 31 after he was allegedly abducted from his mother at gunpoint, officials said.
According to Prichard Police Department spokeswoman Melanie Baldwin, the Fairfield Police Department issued a nationwide Amber Alert at approximately 12:30 a.m. Aug. 31 and notified PPD that the child may be in the Eight Mile area.
PPD located alleged suspect 53-year-old Tanya Felix, who Fairfield police identified as the boy’s grandmother. Baldwin said Felix was taken into custody but upon the recommendation of the Fairfield Police Department, was not arrested due to the ongoing investigation.
The Department of Human Resources was notified and took the child for safekeeping, Baldwin said.
Baldwin also added that PPD will assist the Fairfield Police Department in any other aspects of the investigation and will assist in executing any arrest warrants, if requested.
Police arrest man in back-to-back robberies in Oakleigh
Mobile police arrested a man in relation to back-to-back robberies Aug. 28 in the Oakleigh Garden District.
According to officials, Mobile police responded to a report of an individual robbery at the 200 block of Charles Street, where the victim stated he was returning home from the store and had just exited his vehicle when 20-year-old Justin Phillips, pulled out a gun and demanded money.
The victim complied and Phillips allegedly fled on foot heading east on Charleston Street, MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains said.
While responding to the report of the robbery at Charles Street, Rains said police were then advised of an additional robbery at the intersection of Charleston and Marine Streets where the same man approached two victims, pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victims complied and the man again fled the scene on foot.
Investigation revealed Phillips was responsible for the robberies, police said.
Phillips was located, arrested and charged with three counts of first degree robbery in relation to the cases, Rains said.
Man arrested for burglaries, sexual assaults
Police arrested a man Aug. 28 after he allegedly entered the homes of a woman and a young girl on separate occasions and sexually assaulted them, the MPD said.
According to MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains, 19-year-old Dennis Loper II unlawfully entered a residence and made sexual contact with a juvenile female in January 2014. Rains said Loper fled the scene when the girl woke up however, on the same night, Loper entered a nearby house and fled after being confronted by the homeowner.
In August 2014, Loper unlawfully entered another home and made sexual contact with a woman. Loper again fled the scene when the woman woke up, Rains said.
Loper was identified as the suspect in the crimes when he as captured on surveillance video attempting to gain entry into a residence he previously burglarized. He was located, arrested and charged with three counts of second degree burglary, second degree attempted burglary, first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, according to Rains.
MCSENT makes spice arrests
The Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team arrested two men and a juvenile male Aug. 27 for trafficking the synthetic drug spice, police said.
According to MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains, 18-year-old Mario Abston Jr., Ladreedrick Yates, 20, and an unidentified juvenile male were arrested and charged with trafficking illegal drugs (spice).
At approximately 3 p.m. Aug. 27, MCSENT executed a search warrant at a residence at the 1600 block of Victory Avenue, where officers seized three handguns, an altered shotgun, an assault rifle, U.S. currency, tactical gear and over 160 packs of spice, Rains said.
Rains also added that the drugs seized by police have an approximate street value of $7,000.
Anyone with information about the use or sale of illegal drugs or guns is asked to call Mobile Police Intel at 251-208-7000 or text to CRIMES (274637) and include the keyword CRIME 411.