Suspect breaks into homes, steals police car while fleeing Irondale PD


IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) -– 12:37 PM UPDATE: Police have identified the suspect as 36-year-old Dannie Wade Buchanan, Jr. of Moody, Alabama.  He is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree robbery, and first-degree theft of property.

Buchanan was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and held without bond.

The 67-year old female victim is still in the hospital with non-life-threatening, but serious injuries.  Her son tells CBS 42 that she had a lot of injuries to the head and face and that she is still very swollen.  He said that the assault happened in his mother’s kitchen, and that the suspect was trying to steal her car.

Neighbors like Connie Webb think that Buchanan was not familiar with the neighborhood, because he didn’t seem to realize there is only one way in and out.

“He ended up going down the road and getting trapped,” she explained.  “He had break through the cemetery gate, but he ended up in the woods, stuck.”

The neighbors who own the property near the cemetery said that the suspect also knocked down several centuries-old headstones.

Buchanan eventually barricaded himself inside of another neighbor’s home.  That man managed to escape.  Buchanan was taken into custody by 2:00 am Friday morning.

Irondale Police are investigating after a suspect invaded homes and stole cars in an attempt to flee from police.

Officials say a male suspect stole a car in Moody after being involved in a domestic violence incident. The suspect drove the vehicle to Creekview Lane in Irondale where he wrecked the vehicle.

The suspect then broke into a house and assaulted a female in her 70s. When police arrived, the suspect came out of the home and stole a police cruiser and then drove to a second home nearby.

Authorities say the suspect broke into that home and barricaded himself inside. Police were able to eventually talk the suspect out of the home and took him into custody.

The female victim who was assaulted was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was also transported to the hospital after police say he attempted to cut his wrists. His injuries are not life-threatening.

WIAT will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available.

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