Decatur Police announce four arrests in violent crime spree that left two dead

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Decatur Police say they deployed all available resources from Friday into Saturday morning, as a spree of violent crimes claimed two lives.

They identified one murder victim as Antonio Hernandez, 27. A friend who was with him before his death said a group of males robbed them then shot Hernandez "for no reason." Investigators say he suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Decatur Police identified the second victim as Joshua Davis, 25, of Lacey's Spring.  Police say Davis was found by a passerby Saturday morning in Wilson Morgan Park.  Davis suffered a gunshot to the head.

Police arrested four people:

  • 16-year-old Cedric Lamont Cowan, charged with four counts of robbery and one count of murder - bond set at $300,000
  • 16-year-old Cortez Ocie Mitchell, charged with four counts of robbery and one count of murder - bond set at $300,000
  • 17-year-old Amani Juan Goodwin, charged with four counts of robbery and one count of murder - bond set at $300,000
  • 20-year-old Joseph Cowan, charged with capital murder - no bond

The murder charge for the group is for the death of Antonio Hernandez. Joshua Davis was not identified until Sunday night and police are still investigating his death.

Police say a number of homes were barraged by bullet holes in their windows and doors, and they expect a number of charges for shots fired into occupied dwellings.

Investigators say witnesses and victims of the robberies gave the same description for the suspects and their getaway car.

Police emphasize they anticipate additional charges. The investigation is far from over.