Dallas County fugitive arrested in Montgomery

Published 8:19 am Thursday, May 13, 2021

A wanted fugitive from Dallas County was picked up Tuesday afternoon by the Montgomery Police Department.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, Richard Surles was arrested around 4:38 p.m. Tuesday. Surles was charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree robbery from two incidents last month.

Jackson said that Surles was arrested at a hotel in Montgomery by the Montgomery SWAT Team with assistance from Central Alabama CrimeStoppers and Jackson.

“They received a tip through Central Alabama Crime Stoppers, contacted me and I sent them mugshots of Surles,” Jackson said. “The Montgomery SWAT team approached him, he threw away a gun. They arrested Surles and recovered a gun.”

Surles was brought to Dallas County Jail. His bond was set at $1 million and the DCSO arrest records showed he later made bond.

Dallas County Investigators report that Surles approached a victim, produced a 9mm handgun and demanded money and a cell phone.  A scuffle ensued and Surles fired one shot at the victim, causing a minor injury.

At a later date, Surles approached the same victim again in an attempt to intimidate him. After the second encounter, Surles shot at the victim multiple times.

Over the last few years, Surles’ arrest record in Dallas County includes a third-degree burglary charge and unlawful drug possession.


“I’m glad one of Selma’s most wanted gunslingers has been captured,” Jackson said.