UPDATE (5:44 p.m.) — Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine said Belfon was arrested Thursday morning during a traffic stop in St. Augustine, Fla. He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding.
It’s been months since police have had a lead, his last known location was in Troy, Ala.
“We’ve been working diligently on it, but it also goes to show you there’s no such thing as a routine traffic stop. I say that because we do quite a bit of traffic safety checkpoints, and those things are important not only from the standpoint of compliance or even deterrence, but certainly looking for those that are a fugitive of the law,” said Chief Prine.
Five people were injured, two adults and three teens. We spoke with Gwendolyn Crawford, whose son, Jakobe Morgan, was injured in the shooting. She said “Hallelujah!” when asked about Belfon’s arrest. She said that she and her son are both relieved he is in custody.
“It’s a huge win for the police department, it’s a huge win certainly for the community. He was a threat to the community, and although we did not catch him here in Mobile. If he was a threat here, certainly he was a threat to the community where he was at,” said Chief Prine.
Belfon is facing five charges of attempted murder in Mobile, and Chief Prine said more charges could be coming. Chief Prine said Belfon will be extradited back to Mobile in the next few weeks.
UPDATE: Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine is expected to give an update on this case in a 3 p.m. news conference.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The man accused of firing shots during a high school football game on Oct. 15 of last year has been arrested.
Mobile Police say Hezekiah Belfon was arrested Thursday, March 31, 2022, in St. Augustine, Florida. Mobile police say he was found during a traffic stop.
Mobile police say he fired a gun into a crowd of people at the stadium. Five people were hurt. The victims include two adults and three juveniles, ranging in age from 15-17.
Belfon turned 20-years-old in January. He was 19 at the time of the crime. Mobile Police also arrested 19-year-old Jai Scott last year and a 17-year-old in connection to the football game violence.
The shooting happened during the Vigor-Williamson game. Mobile police said thousands were in attendance celebrating Vigor’s Homecoming.
Police have been looking for Belfon since October 18th.
Multiple shots were fired during the fourth quarter of the high school football game. Mobile police have said in court the shooting was gang-related.
Police also revealed in court, cameras at Ladd showed the three suspects were seen leaving the stadium after the third quarter and sitting in Scott’s car to smoke. Police said in a court hearing Belfon and the juvenile both took their guns out of the car and brought them inside the stadium after the metal detectors had been taken down.
After this shooting, the Mobile County Public School System announced they were cutting ties with Ladd-Peebles stadium and would no longer host any events at the stadium.