Police in Birmingham released a statement saying they have just arrested a teenager who they allege is responsible for committing at least three robberies this summer, according to a news article from AL.com.
The 16-year-old defendant was wanted on three arrest warrants related to robberies allegedly committed earlier this summer in Birmingham. Two of the alleged robberies occurred at the same Chevron gas station, with the first offense occurring on June 9, and the second occurring around a month later on July 8. Police are also alleging this same teenage defendant robbed a dollar store on Jefferson Avenue in Birmingham on August 1.
Police state they suspect defendant of being involved in another robbery a couple of days after the dollar store robbery, this one at a gas station convenience store on Montclair Road. The fact that three of the robberies occurred on the same block seems to be of aid to police in determining who they believed to be responsible. Police have said they are seeking a warrant in connection with this fourth robbery, but it has not been issued as of the time of this article.
Following his arrest, on these warrants as well as several others police claim were outstanding on defendant, he is being held on $180,000 bond. While it might seem strange that defendant had other outstanding warrants, as our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys can explain, this is actually somewhat common. There are basically two different classifications of arrest warrants. The first are the warrants for a serious felony, which authorities will attempt to execute as soon as they have a warrant in hand. In this context, the term “execute” means serving the warrant and placing defendant under arrest. These are the kinds of warrant we typically see on television shows and in the movies.
While officers are required to always knock and announce their presence before entering a home, and give the occupant at least 30 seconds to open the door, officers can also obtain what is known as a no knock warrant if they can show a judge suspect is likely to injure someone or run from police if they knock first. With a no knock warrant, police can break a door down without any prior warning.
On the other hand, there is another kind of warrant for lesser offenses and failing to appear in court on misdemeanor cases. These warrants are stored in a warrant management system accessible by any police officer, but, unless the police decide to schedule a mass warrant execution, they will simply wait until the suspect gets pulled over or stopped for something else, and then arrest the suspect on the outstanding warrant. If you know or suspect you have a warrant for your arrest, the best thing you can do is to speak with an attorney who can assist you with the process. This can increase your chances of being released on bond, and decrease the chance you are injured by police.
Police arrest teenager linked to at least three Birmingham robberies, August 19, 2015, AL.com, by Adam Ganucheau