Mobile Police make second arrest in home invasion and shooting

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Mobile Police say they’ve arrested Paris Dixon, the second suspect in a brazen mid-day home invasion. A  mother was shot defending her 15-year-old daughter in that home invasion on Lakeview Drive West on Sunday, August 26.

Dixon was wanted on a total of 13 warrants. Seven of those are for failure to appear burglary third degree, two warrants for failure to appear attempted burglary third degree, one warrant for failure to appear burglary second degree, and one for burglary third degree. Dixon has two additional warrants for the Lakeview Drive West incident. Those charges are burglary first degree and assault second degree.

Mobile Police arrested 25-year-old Brandon Williams the day after the home invasion. He was charged two counts of burglary and one count of assault. Last Thursday morning, a judge set bond at $50,000 for each charge.

Mobile Police released a statement from the family: 

My family and I would like to thank the Mobile Police Department and Investigative teams for their quick and effective work on this case and in apprehending these suspects.  We would also like to thank the Trauma Unit of USA Health Systems University Hospital, along with all of the nurses, surgeons, and other personnel for their care and their skill, not only on the day of the shooting, but the entire time my wife was in the hospital.

Many hundreds of people have reached out to me and to my family in the last week with genuine offers of love, prayers, and help, and we are profoundly grateful for each one.  My wife and daughter are alive today, and they recovering from the trauma of this invasion, physically and emotionally.  A road of recovery still lay ahead for all of us, but we will make it through.

Many other people have come before me in similar circumstances, and have suffered even more.  I have read the stories of victims who have lost their loved ones to violence, yet have found the grace to forgive those responsible. I would be doing a great disservice to those families if I did not find the grace to let go of my anger toward the ones who did this to mine. I believe that there is an enemy, a force behind these two young men, who wants to steal, kill, and destroy. But that enemy has not stolen our lives, and we will not allow it to steal our peace, our joy, or our love for life, each other, and for other people. These men need to pay the consequences for their actions, because that is the law, and my hope is that through this, some other mother or daughter’s life has been saved.

But laws and punishment can’t change the heart, and that is where violence like this is born. So I encourage all of you, seek out and support people and agencies that are doing something to change the hearts of troubled people, especially young people. Whether it is a church, a civic organization, or a Boys and Girls Club, invest yourself somewhere in the life of just one young man or woman, with the kind of love and encouragement that helps them make the right choices, the ones that come from the heart.

Last, let me say that I believe that God is good and that He is faithful, no matter the circumstance. But today, my family and I know what it means to be able, as the Bible says, to “declare the goodness of God in the land of the living.” Thank you.

Mark Wyatt

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