Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:
- Tuscaloosa Police continue to search for a “sexual predator” who raped and robbed a 19-year-old University of Alabama law student in her townhome following the Iron Bowl. The police have released a sketch of the suspect, a 6-foot-tall black male in his early-to-mid 20s. Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Captain Gary Hood told reporters that his unit had investigated 106 sexual assault cases so far this year.
- A Birmingham man convicted of armed robbery during his late teens faces another charge, this time being suspected of capital murder in a drive-by shooting back in June. On November 18th, a Jefferson County jury indicted 18-year-old Moses Siedlik in the slaying of 19-year-old Daniel Wideman, a Gadsden resident with Birmingham ties. Siedlik remains held without bond in Jefferson County Jail.
- Gardendale police are currently holding a Mississippi man in the Jefferson County Jail with charges of armed robbery, stolen property, and attempted murder. The 39-year-old suspect allegedly attempted to steal a man’s car at gunpoint in the Waffle House parking lot, and after fleeing without taking vehicle, he stole another man’s car from the Hobby Lobby on Fieldstown Road. After police started chasing the man, he rammed an officer’s cruiser on the Decatur Highway median in Fultondale.