Two arrested in Sunoco armed robbery

On Sept. 28 at approximately 6:45 a.m., the Demopolis Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at Sunoco Gas Station on U.S. Hwy 80 West. Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Tommie Reese said that upon Officers arrival they were informed that an unknown black male wearing a mask entered the service station armed with a handgun demanding money from the cashier.

The cashier gave him the money after which he made her sit on the floor before fleeing the store in a vehicle travelling east on U.S. 80. Chief Reese said DPD Officers were able to get a vehicle description from some video footage and from the cashier. It was determined that the suspects fled in a maroon color compact car with a light colored hood, and the vehicle’s tag number started with the number “36.” DPD Officers put out a (BOLO) to all neighboring law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for this vehicle and the suspects. Reese said approximately 20 minutes after putting the BOLO out, the Greensboro Police Department assisted by Hale County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle driving through the intersection of Alabama Hwy 25 and Alabama Hwy 69.

A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and the suspects were detained for the Demopolis Police Department. Investigators from the Demopolis Police Department traveled to Greensboro, Alabama to meet with Greensboro Officers on the traffic stop. DPD Investigators were able to determine that these were the suspects involved in the armed robbery through evidence recovered in the vehicle. Both suspects were transported back to Demopolis where they were charged with One (1) Count of Robbery in the First Degree each.

Arrested were:

Durwood McAlpine, age 25 of Greensboro, Alabama

Demondte Pernell, age 23 of Greensboro, Alabama

Chief Reese said that he is so thankful the cashier was not injured in this ordeal. He thanked and commended Greensboro Police Chief Mike Hamilton and Hale County Sheriff Kenneth Ellis for the assistance provided by their departments and also commended DPD Officers and Investigators for a job well done.

UPDATED: Charges upgraded in Gallion home invasion case; Scruggs charged with Capital Murder

UPDATED: Oct. 28, 1:23 p.m.

Charges against Cordarius Scruggs, who was arrested Wednesday, have been upgraded to Capital Murder and Burglary in the First Degree according to District Attorney Greg Griggers. If convicted of capital murder, Scruggs could face the death penalty.

The charges are the latest in a case which started Monday, when Scruggs shot Marengo County resident Jessie Houston in the head during a home invasion and burglary at Houston’s home. Houston was later discovered when her juvenile son returned home from school Monday afternoon

Houston was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center where she later died.

UPDATED: Oct. 26, 6:15 p.m.



Cordarius Demetrius Scruggs, 19, was arrested on three felony counts at 2:03 p.m. today. The counts include Assault in the First Degree, Theft of Property in the First Degree, and Burglary in the First Degree.

On Oct. 24, Marengo County resident Jessie Houston, 49, was discovered by her juvenile son when he arrived home from school around 3:26 p.m. She was found lying on the floor of her home at 17012 Linc Road in Gallion suffering a gunshot wound to the head, and her car was stolen. Houston was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued statewide for the stolen vehicle, and it was later recovered on U.S. Hwy 11 North in Livingston near Lake Village Apartments.

A person of interest was identified in the case, and Scruggs was questioned around 9 p.m. and later arrested.

Anyone with any information regarding the case is asked to contact the Marengo County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (334) 295-2226 as the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Richard Bates also thanked the Livingston Police Department, Linden Police Department, Demopolis Police Department, University of West Alabama Police Department, and the 17th Judicial Task Force for assistance.


An arrest has been made in a home invasion case that occurred on Monday in Gallion, Ala.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was taken into custody in Sumter county by the Marengo County Sheriff’s Office and transported back to Marengo County for booking. Calls to the arresting agency have not yet been returned. will continue to update this story as details become available.

DPD arrests two in Robertson Bank robbery

Tommie Williams

Tommie Williams

The Demopolis Police Department arrested two suspects Tuesday in connection with the Robertson Banking Company robbery that took place April 22.

The robbery occurred at 11:48 a.m. at the Main Branch of Robertson Banking Company in downtown Demopolis.

The DPD arrested Tommie Lee Williams, 48, of Tuscaloosa and Roderick Moore, 49, of Tuscaloosa charging both with Robbery in the Second Degree.

Both suspects were taken into custody with the assistance of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

Roderick Moore

Roderick Moore

Moore and Williams were transported to the Demopolis Police Department for processing before being moved to the Marengo County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

Reese praised both his officers and those of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department and Tuscaloosa Police Department for their work on the case.

DPD makes robbery arrest from 2011 case

ronald jason richardsonOn Jan. 27 the Demopolis Police Department made an arrest on a Robbery case that occurred in 2011. In July 2011, a suspect entered the Smoke and Chew Store on Highway 80 West, where he presented a gun to rob the clerk.

Based on the new evidence DPD arrested Ronald Jason Richardson, age of Demopolis, for Robbery First degree. Richardson was processed and transported to the Marengo county Detention Center.

Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese gave praise to the Criminal Investigation Division for resolving this case. He also said that this shows that his department will not give up on a case.