Roanoke man charged with robbery, attempted murder

Chambers County Sheriff's Officers arrested a man accused of robbing and attempting to murder a Lafayette man Wednesday morning.

Marvin Dallas Lynch of Roanoke, Ala. was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree robbery, attempted murder, second-degree theft and the unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle, according to a sheriff's office press release.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred around 9 a.m. that day on property off of Highway 77, owned by D.H. Edmondson.

According to Chambers County Investigator Tony Ward, Edmondson drove out to the land to check on his barn there, because he had had problems with scrap metal thefts in the past.

He found Lynch there, loading items from the barn into his truck. When Edmondson asked him what he was doing, Lynch hit the 71-year-old man in the back, knocking him to the ground, Ward said.

Lynch then took a .22 caliber rifle from Edmondson's truck and began shooting at him, Ward said. Edmondson was able to roll under the truck to get away.

Ward said Lynch got into his truck and drove off. Edmondson pursued him for a while and was able to ram his truck into the suspect's black Chevrolet truck before he drove away. Investigators believe he was trying to drive back to Roanoke.

At around 10:30 a.m., sheriff's officers located the suspect's truck on County Road 158, about ten miles away from where the incident occurred. After a short pursuit, Lynch stopped his truck and fled into a wooded area off of County Road 237.

Lynch, 28, was taken into custody after a brief search. He is being held at the Chambers County Jail with no bond.