A Bessemer man was arrested in Canoe Thursday afternoon, Jan. 27 by the Escambia County Sheriff’s office following a 911 call claiming the man had broken into a nearby home.
Fred Clay Reed, 42, was taken into custody after the Sheriff’s office received a call from a resident at 950 Godwin Road at approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday stating a white male wearing a mask and armed with an ax had forced his way into her home and stolen her purse.
The 85-year-old victim told deputies the intruder threatened her and demanded money. After a brief struggle the victim reported she was able to escape the intruder and exit the residence at which time the suspect also exited the home and fled into a nearby wooded area.
The Sheriff’s office, as well as canine units from Fountain Correctional Facility and Century Correctional Facility and deputies from the Escambia County Florida Sheriff’s office along with officers from the Atmore and Flomaton police departments and an investigator with the District Attorney’s office responded to the scene and began setting up a perimeter while the dogs gave chase.
According to a press release from the Escambia County Alabama Sheriff’s office, the suspect reappeared near Highway 31 and Old Atmore Road at which time a motorist sighted the man and called and reported the incident.
Deputies were on the scene within minutes and took the suspect into custody without incident.
Reed was charged with burglary in the first degree, robbery in the first degree and theft of property in the second degree. Canine units were able to locate and recover the victim’s purse which contained an undisclosed amount of money. Reed was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.
Officials with the Escambia County Alabama Sheriff’s office said “the suspect was a convicted felon, with an extensive past criminal history and had recently been released from prison in 2008” and “would like to thank the public for their assistance and quick response in the apprehension of this convicted felon.”