Gaines Street Attempted Robbery

The attempted robbery was around 8:30 a.m in front of an empty house in the 100 block of Gaines street.
Its a situation neighbors say is unusual for their community.

"Its very very quite laid back neighborhood, the whole community, well the block or two here that i know about here is just very quite and laid back, day and night nothing ever happens, about the only thing you hear out here is mufflers from trucks and cars going by and that's about it, " says neighbor Jim Helms.

But it seems more than that happened on Gaines street this morning.

One alleged victim says that he was approached by a man this morning asking for money.
He was so shaken up from the incident he wouldn't speak on cameras.
The suspect was knocked down by the victim then ran towards Madison avenue.
Officials say its important for the community to always keep an eye out for each other.

"We want people to watch each other, watch your neighbors, take care of each other. One of the main reasons is neighbors living in a neighborhood, they tend to know each other better and each others comings and goings, their patterns so it makes it a lot easier to know whats out of place when your in that situation," says Community Watch Program Coordinator Corporal David Schwab.

"If something happens and they know about it, they will let you know. The gentleman over there across the street came over and told me about somebody walking along the street that looked strange so we looked out, the guy left, hadn't seen him anymore, this is about three or four months ago, " says Helms.

There are a few steps neighbors can take to help keep their neighborhood safe.

"Its great to go and meet your neighbors. One of the great ways to do that would be any kind of community organization. Some neighborhoods have homeowners associations or some neighborhoods have set up community watch programs," says Schwab.

Investigators are still looking for a suspect. so neighbors say, they'll be more cautious.

"I'll kind of keep an eye out a little bit more than i normally do because like i said, the neighborhood's so quite," says Helms.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.


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