The Walker County Sheriff's Office has arrested two individuals in separate burglary cases and has obtained arrest warrants for several others.Sgt. Ray Capps, a sheriff’s investigator, obtained …
The Walker County Sheriff's Office has arrested two individuals in separate burglary cases and has obtained arrest warrants for several others.
Sgt. Ray Capps, a sheriff’s investigator, obtained felony burglary warrants for the arrest of Justin Maurice Woods, 29, of Oakman, for the burglary of Jim Woods’ home in the Providence community.
On Thursday, May 31, during the department's large-scale drug round-up, Capps received information from a citizen that Woods was staying in the Warrior River Apartments in Cordova and was there at that time sitting in a maroon car. One of the arrest teams conducting the roundups immediately went to the apartments and passed by Woods on the road leaving the apartment complex.
Investigators attempted to stop him, and he refused, leading them on a high-speed chase from Cordova, down the Cordova-Parrish Highway into Parrish. From there, Woods turned onto Highway 269 and continued fleeing into the Jasper city limits.
He then wrecked his vehicle at 31st Street West and Seventh Avenue and was taken into custody, with assistance from Robbie, the Sheriff’s Office tracking and apprehension K-9 dog.
Woods was charged with the third-burglary, two counts of first-degree theft of property, possession of heroin, second-degree theft of property, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and certain persons prohibited to possess a pistol.
He is being held on a $150,000 cash bond. Ryan Paul Sproul, 26, of Nauvoo, was already in custody as an accomplice to the same burglary.
“Mr. Woods picked a bad day to run from my deputies because we were certainly out in full force that day. I want to thank the citizen that helped us locate him, as cooperation from the public helps us to more effectively ferret out crime and capture criminals,” Sheriff Jim Underwood said.
GROUP OF FOUR COMMITTING ARMED ROBBERY, BURGLARY, & DISTRIBUTION OF DRUGS
Todd Michael Harrison, age 25, of Curry, is currently in the county jail for first-degree robbery, third-degree burglary, discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle, distribution of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a forged instrument, possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree theft of property stemming from multiple incidents.
Tasha Marie McGuff, 30, of Old Tuscaloosa Road, is an alleged accomplice of Todd Harrison on multiple cases. She is currently wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for first-degree robbery, third-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft of property on two separate cases.
James Chadrick Durham, 28, of Oakman, is another alleged accomplice of Harrison and McGuff in the burglary case. Durham is currently wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for third-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft of property.
Chase Ashton Harrison, 23, of Old Tuscaloosa Road, is also an alleged accomplice of Harrison and McGuff in the armed robbery. He is currently in the county jail for first-degree robbery, menacing and possession of burglar’s tools after Deputy Slade Reeves captured him on Blackwell Dairy Road behind the hospital.
A citizen contacted the sheriff’s dispatch after noticing Harrison and another individual both riding bicycles, in the rain, around 3:30 a.m. in the morning.
The burglary charges stem from a report filed with the Sheriff's Office regarding a burglary at a residence on Cordova Cut-off Road. According to the report, on May 9, Todd Harrison, Durham, and Stevie Burr came to the residence while the victim was gone, in a vehicle driven by Harrison.
The three suspects then broke into the victim's storage building and took a welder, nail gun and a chainsaw. As the offenders started to leave the residence, with the stolen property, their vehicle broke down in the victim's driveway. The offenders then called McGuff to come and pick them up. When McGuff arrived, the offenders loaded the stolen property into her vehicle, but for some unknown reason, they left Burr behind. At that time, Burr broke the rear window out of the vehicle they had arrived in and went to the door of the victim's residence, where the victim’s two sons were at home.
After making contact with the victim's sons, Burr told them what had just occurred and who all was involved. Capps worked the burglary case and obtained the felony warrants.
The armed robbery charges resulted from a report that was filed, alleging that on April 24, a Mr. Morgan and Mr. Phillips were following Todd Harrison, Chase Harrison, and Tasha McGuff back to their residence to purchase a Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle.
The three suspects pulled over at Burrows Crossing and Mill Creek Road, claiming that their vehicle was having issues. When Phillips approached to help, Todd Harrison pointed a pistol at his head and demanded Phillips’ wallet which contained $800.
At the same time, Chase Harrison pulled a knife on Morgan, who was sitting in his vehicle, refusing to let Morgan exit the vehicle. McGuff was the driver of the suspect’s vehicle, and she remained in the driver’s seat as the getaway driver.
Once Todd Harrison obtained the wallet, both suspects ran back to their vehicle while discharging rounds from a handgun in the direction of the victims. One round struck the driver’s side front wheel and tire of the victim’s vehicle that Morgan was still sitting inside of. The suspects were not initially identified at the time the crime occurred.
However, the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division began working to investigate Todd Harrison for selling drugs and that led to information that implicated him in the robbery. Sgt. Darrell Mote, a Sheriff’s Office investigator, worked the armed robbery case and was able to identify Harrison’s other accomplices to the robbery and then obtain the felony warrants for their arrest.
On April 27, Sgt. Ralph Williams utilized a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from Todd Harrison at the Domaine Trailer Park on Arrow Road.
On April 29, Todd Harrison and Tasha McGuff were at a gas station at the intersection of Curry Highway and Airport Road attempting to sell methamphetamine. Williams and Deputy Jason Bridges took Harrison into custody at that time for unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and first-degree possession of a forged instrument (involving a counterfeit $100 bill).
While in jail, all of the other warrants were obtained and executed for the robbery, burglary and distribution of a controlled substance. Todd Harrison is being held, in the county jail, on a high cash bond, due to him being a danger to the community and substantial evidence of drug dealing activity.
Underwood said, “This group of criminals has been busy violating the law all across this county. I’m proud of my narcotics and criminal investigators working together and sharing information with each other. It only took three days from the time Mr. Harrison was developed as a suspect in the robbery, to the time he was located and placed in jail on the drug charges. Those drug charges removed Harrison from the community and gave time for Sgt. Capps and Sgt. Mote to gather evidence, conduct interviews, and prepare photo lineups, to develop a good robbery and burglary case so that we could keep him in jail.”