Man wanted in 2016 armed robbery jailed

Published 7:45 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

A 26-year-old Selma man wanted for a 2016 armed robbery is behind bars after being arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to sell his mother’s car to a junkyard.

According to an arrest report, Terrence Ford was booked into the Dallas County Jail Wednesday for first-degree robbery under a $100,000 bond.

An incident report states police were called to a junkyard on Kings Bend Road around 11 a.m., where an employee told them Ford and a friend brought a stolen vehicle to the junkyard.

According to the report, the vehicle was a gold 2001 Toyota Camry that belongs to Ford’s mother. The report states she told officers she wanted to press charges against Ford and his friend, who was later released with no charges.

Ford and his friend were both taken to the police department for questioning. After interviews, the friend was released, and Ford was charged on a felony warrant. The report states Ford’s mother told a detective over the phone that she no longer wanted to press charges.

According to court records, Ford had an arraignment hearing Thursday morning in District Judge Bob Armstrong’s courtroom. His bond was also reduced to $10,000. Ford’s attorney is listed as Alston Keith Jr., and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Court documents show the 2016 robbery happened on Aug. 22, 2016, on the 1200 block of Doherty Avenue. Police were called to a home in reference to an assault victim.

The victim told officers two black males approached him with a baseball bat. The victim said he got into an argument with the two men over a lawnmower, and he was then attacked.

According to court documents, Sgt. Ray Blanks said the victim told officers that he turned to walk away from the two men, and he was struck across the head with the bat.

The victim suffered a severe injury to the back of his head. He was initially treated by EMTs with Care Ambulance and then transported to Vaughan Regional Medical Center. He was later taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment for the head injury.

Two days later, the victim was interviewed by a detective. During the interview, he said he was approached by Ford and another man, Christopher Jones. He said Ford hit him multiple times with the bat and Jones hit him with his fists. He said his lawnmower, weed eater and cell phone were stolen.

The victim was able to identify both men from a photo lineup. It is unclear if Jones was ever arrested in the case.