UPDATE Aug. 16: Midfield Police have made an arrest in the beating and attempted robbery case that happened in the parking lot of Midfield Plaza, according to police chief Frank Belcher. Police have officially charged Stantrell Whitfield with robbery. He is in Midfield’s custody and will be transferred to Jefferson County Jail in Bessemer.
According to police, originally Whitfield gave police the wrong information to evade arrest on outstanding warrants from Jefferson and Shelby counties. Additional charges to come.
MIDFIELD, Ala (WIAT) — Midfield police say a 74-year-old woman was beaten during an attempted robbery in the parking lot of the shopping center off Phillips Drive. Police say she was headed to her car after grocery shopping when it happened.
According to police a bystander saw what happened and pulled the 32-year-old suspect off the woman and pinned him to the ground until police arrived and arrested the suspect. John Goodgame witnessed part of the attack after hearing the woman scream. He says he stayed by her and the bystander’s side until police arrived.
“Tears where coming to my eyes when I was walking up to this. That could’ve been my mama or my grandmama. That’s all I can say about that.” said Goodgame.
Midfield police say the suspect is expected to face attempted robbery and assault charges.
“We don’t want anyone to put themselves in harms way trying to stop a crime. We definitely like for them to call us, but you know in this situation it turned out the best way it could.” said Bell.
Bell hopes the bystanders actions will send message to other would-be criminals in the area.
“We definitely need the community involvement to stop crimes like this from happening. If the criminals knew that the community wouldn’t put up with it, they wouldn’t even commit the crime.” said Bell.
Paramedics evaluated the woman at the scene and she is expected to be ok. The suspect is currently in the Midfield City Jail. Bell says he will be transported to the Jefferson County Jail once warrants are obtained against him.