Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office applauds Metro Area Crime Center for early success after closing two cases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is applauding the efforts of its Metro Area Crime Center (MACC) after its efforts resulted in two arrests this week, according to a release from the department.

In the first case, a Birmingham man was arrested for his reported role in a Nov. 6 robbery of the Dollar General on the 1600 block of Center Point Road.

According to the release, an adult male walked into the store around 10 a.m. and asked where the diapers were located. The male retrieved a sack of diapers and reportedly produced a handgun, when he demanded the cashier give him money from the cash register.

The cashier told the man she couldn’t open the register, and asked for the manager, and the suspect left the store empty-handed. Video surveillance from the store and images of the suspect were distributed to detectives working in the MACC at the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives from Vestavia and Trussville Police were investigating unrelated cases, and showed images to witnesses in their cases, who gave the detectives a name.

On Dec. 5, Torsean Darnell Washington, 20, of Birmingham was arrested on charges of Robbery 1st Degree, Failure to Appear on Robbery 1st Degree, and Posession of an Altered Firearm. He remains in Jefferson County Jail on no bond.

The second case involved the robbery of a Family Dollar on the 1600 block of Forestdale Boulevard that occurred around 3 p.m. on Nov. 30. Investigators in the MACC developed information that led detectives to Johndarius Ward, 21, of Birmingham.

Ward was arrested on Dec. 5 on charges of Robbery 1st Degree, but as the investigation continues, police expect to file more charges.

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