Russellville man charged with attempted murder after couple engaged in series of alleged crimes, targeted victims in Lawrence County

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A man has been charged with attempted murder, burglary and aggravated animal cruelty after a series of crimes in the Lawrence County area.

At 3:43 p.m. Oct. 22, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) dispatched deputies to a home on Highway 24 in the Mount Hope area after a vehicle was reportedly shot down. Witnesses told investigators that a man got out of a vehicle on the road, opened fire on the house and in the vehicle to the house before driving off.

The witness gave deputies a description of the suspect and the vehicle involved.

The LCSO says a vehicle matching the description was spotted around 5:15 p.m. in the Hillsboro area. Witnesses told investigators a man exited the vehicle and drove to the home on County Road 374 and forced his way inside, causing property damage. The man allegedly stabbed and killed the owner’s dog.

The sheriff’s office said a neighbor spotted the man on the property and confronted him. The man allegedly threatened the neighbour’s life, got into the vehicle and shot the neighbour. Authorities said the neighbor was not hit in the gunshots.

The neighbor was able to follow the man while he was on the phone with LCSO about the shipment.

Moulton Police assisted deputies in arresting the suspect in the Langton area.

LCSO deputies arrested Todd Lee Hood, 30 of Russellville, and the woman driving the vehicle, Ashley Romans, 35 of Russellville.

Investigators say they found evidence in the vehicle that matched the incidents.

The sheriff’s office believes the victims were targeted by the couple. The first incident on Highway 24 is believed to be an ex-boyfriend of Ashley Romans. The second incident on County Road 374 is believed to be the home of Ashley Roman’s child’s father and grandparents.

Hood is charged with attempted murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, shooting into an occupied house, shooting into an unoccupied vehicle, two counts of reckless endangerment, third degree burglary, second degree criminal mischief and aggravated animal cruelty.

Romans is charged with open container, unlawful possession of liquor and unlawful possession of a firearm.

No bond has been set for any of the alleged suspects.

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