Crime

UPDATE: Man shot during Opelika robbery, burglary on Randall Drive

Update: On Thursday, 24-year-old Martez Anthony Simmons was arrested in the Lee County Jail at 5 p.m. for his alleged connection to the April 3 Opelika shooting on Randall Drive.

The Opelika, Ala. resident was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and illegal possession of credit or debit card.

Simmons faces other charges that are not related to the Friday shooting.

Original Story: Police are investigating the Friday robbery and burglary incident on Randall Drive that ended with an Opelika shooting, according to a release.

Opelika Police Capt. Shane Healey said officials are searching for the unidentified attacker who broke into the victim's home in the 3600 block of Randall Drive and robbed the owner at gunpoint around midnight.

After the offender took the victim's wallet and personal papers, he reportedly shot the victim once with a gray handgun, he said.

The victim received treatment at the East Alabama Medical Center for "a non-life threatening injury to an extremity," and he was released from the hospital, Healey wrote.

In the release, Healey said the suspect is about 5 foot 8 tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants and a black sweatshirt with gray sleeves, the police captain said.

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