Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- Piedmont police are on the lookout for a male suspect who allegedly robbed a convenience store late last Friday night. Not too unique of a case, except this - what appears to be - 5-foot-ten, 210-pound white man was wearing a gorilla mask, dark-colored shorts and a green sweatshirt while he performed the crime. The robbery occurred at the Discount Food Mart with witnesses telling police that the suspect had a handgun and fled the scene with some cash. He was last seen running south on Anniston Avenue, but police were unsure of whether or not he got into a vehicle.
- Police have filed formal charges against 26-year-old Christopher Rian McGhee who allegedly forced two young children into a bathroom during a home invasion in Tarrant this past Tuesday morning. Tarrant police had received a call from the two children - ages 9 and 10 - who said they were hiding in a bathroom after a gunman had broken into their house and was still there. While the dispatcher kept the older child on the line, police headed to the house and set up a perimeter. Officers forced entry into their home and discovered the suspect a few hours later after a police K-9 sniffed him out in a crawl space. McGhee was taken into custody, treated at a hospital for a bite from the dog and then taken to police headquarters and then Tarrant City Jail. His charges included first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, unlawful possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a credit or debit card and possession of burglary tools. He will be held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $785,000.
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