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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   Media Release No.  219 Monday,  November 18, 2013,  9:21 A.M., CDT



Contact: Sergeant Johnny Williams Jr.  
                      Public Information Officer
                      Telephone No. (205) 254-6567







Robbery and Attempted Murder Investigation Arrest

The Birmingham Police Department reports that a suspect was arrested and charged in connection with a robbery and attempted murder investigation.  The incident occurred on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at approximately 1:45 a.m., in the 800 block of 24th Street South.

Officers from the South Precinct responded to the incident location to investigate a call of a person shot.  Officers arrived to find the victim suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to UAB Hospital for treatment of his injury. Officers learned that the suspect had forced his way into the victim’s apartment at gunpoint. The suspect shot the victim and took valuables from the apartment before fleeing.

Upon further investigation, BPD Robbery detectives were able to identify the suspect as the person responsible for the robbery and injury of the victim.  Warrants were obtained for the suspect’s arrest and area law enforcement agencies were notified.

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, South Precinct officers developed information on a possible location of the suspect.  The officers proceeded to the 4100 Block of Messer-Airport Highway and located the suspect.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The victim is recovering from his injuries.

The suspect has been identified as: Mario Covington, B/M, 33, of Birmingham, Alabama. An Attempted Murder warrant and a Robbery warrant have been obtained against the suspect. The suspect is in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail.

A photo of the suspect may be obtained at the B.P.D. Headquarters, located at 1710 1st Avenue North.


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