LAWERENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Decatur Police Department said a man wanted in a murder-kidnapping investigation in Lawrence County is now also facing charges for shooting at Decatur police during a chase Sunday.
The DPD said Jordan Cesar Hernandez, 35, of Decatur, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after a chase with Decatur officers Sunday. The department said Hernandez was wanted at the time in connection with a homicide in Lawrence County Saturday morning.
The DPD said officers attempted a vehicle stop near Sixth Avenue and East Moulton Street on a vehicle driven by Hernandez. The department said he failed to stop and led officers on a chase, during which the DPD said Hernandez fired shots out of the window toward officers.
According to the DPD, Hernandez eventually crashed his vehicle and fled on foot into the woods near Calvary Assembly on Highway 20. Agencies responded including the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville Police Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Alabama Department of Corrections K9 Unit.
The ALEA said the search began at around 12:32 p.m. Sunday. The agency said all lanes on Highway 20 west of Interstate 65 were closed because of the search but were reopened by 3:51 p.m.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said he was in custody as of 3:24 p.m.
MCSO Spokesperson Mike Swafford said the search near the highway began due to a traffic stop. He said during that stop Hernandez fled and exited the roadway in the area and then fled on foot. Swafford said multiple were called in to help with the search because of the area adjoining several jurisdictions.
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said earlier Sunday that Hernandez was wanted in connection with the death of Dustin Grimes during a robbery on County Road 245 Saturday morning.
The LCSO said Grimes died when he was shot while protecting his wife Saturday during a robbery in the early morning hours at a home on County Road 245. After shooting Grimes, the suspects Hernandez and a woman identified as Auburn Renee Moore stole from the residence before kidnapping Grimes’s wife, according to the LCSO.
Mrs. Grimes escaped the two suspects when they attempted to force her to withdraw money from an ATM in the East Lawrence area. Grimes ran to a nearby convenience store and called the police.
Lawrence County Deputies and Moulton Police Officers arrived at the home where they discovered Dustin Grimes deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Authorities identified the two suspects and obtained warrants for murder, robbery and kidnapping.
According to the LCSO, Moore, of New Hope, was arrested in Decatur on Saturday night in connection to the murder. The MCSO said Sunday that Moore’s arrest was made while the Morgan County SWAT team was serving an arrest warrant at Hernandez’s Decatur home Saturday night.
According to jail records, Moore is being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail for charges of murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.
Decatur police said Hernandez was booked into the Limestone County Jail, where he is being held without bond due to Aniah’s Law.