Car burglary turned robbery thwarted by armed victim


HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — A man told police dispatchers he encountered a stranger inside of his work truck. The caller held the man at gunpoint until police arrived. This occurred Tuesday morning at 5:57 a.m. on the 20th block of Inverness Center Parkway.

Hoover police responded to the robbery call, and when they arrived officers were able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

The victim told officers that he opened the rear passenger door of his truck and was surprised by a male was sitting in the front passenger seat armed with a knife. The suspect, identified as 33-year-old William Victor Shadden, demanded the victim to give him money and keys to the vehicle.

The victim tossed the keys to the vehicle toward Shadden and pulled out his concealed carry firearm, and in return, the suspect dropped their knife.

Several of the victim’s coworkers witnessed the incident and assisted in detaining Shadden until police arrived.

At first, Shadden gave officers a false name but was later positively identified through his fingerprints. Once his identity was learned, officers discovered Shadden had two outstanding warrants for his arrest including one for breaking into a vehicle in Jefferson County.

In total Shadden, who was transferred from the Hoover City Jail to the Shelby County Jail Wednesday, is held on a total bond of $25,000. He is charged with first-degree robbery ($15,000), unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle ($5,000) and obstructing justice using a false identity ($5,000).

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