LAWERENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A man wanted in connection to a murder-kidnapping investigation in Lawrence County is now facing charges for shooting at police, the Decatur Police Department (DPD) said.
According to the police department, 35-year-old Jordan Cesar Hernandez was arrested and charged with attempted murder after a chase with Decatur officers Sunday. At the time, Hernandez was wanted in connection to a Saturday homicide.
Officers said they attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Hernandez near 6th Avenue and East Moulton Street. He allegedly failed to stop and led officers on a chase, during which DPD said Hernandez fired multiple shots out of the window toward officers.
Hernandez eventually crashed his vehicle and fled on foot into the woods near Calvary Assembly on Highway 20. Multiple agencies responded, including the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, the Huntsville Police Department, ALEA state troopers and the Alabama Department of Corrections K9 Unit.
ALEA told News 19 that the search began at around 12:32 p.m. Sunday. The agency said all lanes on Highway 20 west of Interstate 65 were closed due to the search, however, reopened around 3:50 p.m. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) said he was in custody at 3:24 p.m.
MCSO spokesperson Mike Swafford clarified that multiple agencies were called to help with the search due to the area adjoining several jurisdictions.
On Sunday, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) said that Hernandez was wanted in connection with the death of Dustin Grimes during a robbery on County Road 245 Saturday morning.
Grimes died when he was shot Saturday during a robbery in the early morning hours at a home on County Road 245.
After shooting Grimes, who was said to have been protecting his wife, the suspects — Hernandez and a woman identified as Auburn Renee Moore — stole from the residence, then kidnapped Grimes’s wife, LCSO alleged.
His wife 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 dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Authorities were able to identify the two suspects and obtained warrants for murder, robbery and kidnapping.
According to LCSO, Moore was arrested in Decatur on Saturday night while the Morgan County SWAT team was serving a warrant at Hernandez’s home.
Moore is being held without bond at the Lawrence County Jail for charges of murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.
Hernandez was booked into the Limestone County Jail, where he is being held without bond due to Aniah’s Law, Decatur police said.