Florence Police catch, arrest man after lengthy search

FLORENCE, Ala. – We have been following a developing story out the Shoals for much of Wednesday.

Florence police say a series of events unfolded over a three-hour period overnight – which culminated in a lengthy search within the confines of the Lakeside Highlands subdivision.

Brock Allen Gooch (Image: Florence Police)

 

With guns drawn, Florence police zeroed in on the location the man they were searching for was found.

24-year-old Brock Allen Gooch argued with police as they led him away from the boat dock he was hiding under.

Florence police say at 6:41 they received a 911 call of an alleged rape on Shoals Boulevard.

According to investigators, the female victim was very upset and couldn’t identify who the man was who assaulted her.

Florence police are still unclear how the victim got in the residence, early reports indicated she may have been kidnapped.

A resident in the subdivision called police when they spotted a man running through a field near the scene of the rape.

For three hours police searched through-out the Lakeside Highlands subdivision, before converging on the boat dock Gooch was found under.

Authorities also say Gooch may have been in a brief pursuit with Muscle Shoals police overnight as the driver of a stolen vehicle.

Police say Gooch has been initially charged with attempting to elude. He could be facing more charges once police are able to speak with the victim. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

As investigators continue to unravel the details in the rape case, numerous other Shoals law enforcement agencies are ready to serve arrest warrants.

Even though Gooch has a $1,000 bond he likely won’t be getting out of jail right away. Sheffield and Cherokee Police Department’s are holding active arrest warrants on him. If he does make bond at the Lauderdale County Detention Center, he would be transported to those agencies to face charges there.

Also in Colbert County, Brock Gooch is a main suspect in numerous car thefts in Muscle Shoals. One of the most recent played just last week on Shoals Area Crime Stoppers. A duo stole two cars from the North Alabama Auto Auction near the fairgrounds. One of the thieves drove a car right through the front gates.

According to court records, since 2011 Gooch has been arrested several times on charges related to theft and burglary.