Police identify suspect in robbery

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2007

DIXONS MILLS &8212; Officials are still in pursuit of a second suspect wanted on two charges of armed robbery in connection with a robbery and police chase, in which shots were fired on July 5.

The suspect is 29-year-old Brian Keith Williams of Foley. Currently, the Marengo County Sheriff&8217;s Department has an all-points bulletin out on Williams and are looking for help from other agencies to locate him.

Williams&8217; information has been turned over to the National Crime Information Center so that if he is stopped anywhere in the country for any kind of violation, he will be arrested and taken into custody.

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One suspect, Jesse Hayes Chandler, is already in custody on charges of two counts of robbery and attempted murder of a police officer. He has been held at the Marengo County Detention Center since his arrest on July 7.

The two suspects were seen driving a Navy blue Ford Escape leaving Walker&8217;s Grocery at around 10 p.m. the night of July 5. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the store.

Officer Tony Gary of Linden Police sighted the vehicle just south of Linden and was in pursuit of the vehicle when shots were fired from the suspect&8217;s vehicle.

Sheriff Jesse Langley said the chase continued up Highway 69 and then onto Highway 80 east towards Faunsdale. Backup units were called from Demopolis Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff&8217;s Department, Perry County Sheriff&8217;s Department, Hale County Sheriff&8217;s Department, Tuscaloosa Sheriff&8217;s Department and Tuscaloosa Police Department.

After backup units responded, the chase came to a standstill when the Escape wrecked at the intersection of Alabama Highway 25 and County Road 12, where the two suspects abandoned their vehicle and continued to flee on foot.

According to Interim Police Chief Scott McClure of Linden, there were approximately 30 units securing the perimeter, which was right outside of Demopolis City Limits into Hale County, but they were not able to locate the suspects even with the aid of search dogs from Tuscaloosa Police.

The search continued well into the night, but was unsuccessful. Sheriff Langley said the search was called off at about 3 a.m. on July 6.