On August 5, 2015 at approximately 12:03 pm, Lineville Police Department received a call from an employee at Mapco about a suspicious person outside their store. Lineville Police Department immediately dispatched two officers to that location.
From the time the initial call call and officer arrival, they got details of what had just occurred and the description of the suspicious person, who is now the subject.
Officers began searching the area for the suspect and asked for assistance from City Maintenance and Water Board employees and set up a perimeter from Hwy 9, Hwy 49, Wesobulga St and South St.
Clay County Sheriff’s Department sent a couple of deputies and members of the public even began assisting. After a lengthy search and foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody around Mitchell St. and Jackson Springs Road area.
Those arrested were Darius Lavon Hale, a 19 yr old male from Childersburg, Alabama. Mr. Hale was charged with Theft of Property 2nd and Attempting to Elude. Mr. Hale was taken to the Clay County Jail and bond was set at $7500.
After an investigation, Haley Carin Caldwell was also charged with Theft of Property 2nd and taken to Clay County Jail and her bond was set at $5,000.
After the investigation, we believe the victim, who was a juvenile and his information will not be released, had agreed to sell his phone to the suspects. This agreement was reached through social media. All along, the plan was to steal the victim’s phone and turn around to sell it.
To make things worse, we believe Mr. Hale was armed with a hand gun. This is a perfect example of how dangerous it is to use social media when dealing with people you don’t know. You can never be sure what their intentions may be.
We do want to thank the Clay County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance. We also want to extend special Thanks to City employees, outside the Police Department, as well as member of the public who helped us with the search that led to the arrest. Thankfully, we were able to get the suspect into custody and no one was hurt.