Police: Suspects caused ‘debilitating’ injury in robbery

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Three Alabaster men were arrested on Nov. 7 and charged with felony counts of robbery and assault after police said the suspects allegedly caused “debilitating” injuries to a man during an armed robbery.

Berryhill

Berryhill

Alabaster police arrested 19-year-old Joshua Crosier, 22-year-old Justin Crosier and 24-year-old Alexander Berryhill and charged each with felony counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.

Joshua Crosier

Joshua Crosier

Police have an arrest warrant signed for a fourth suspect in the case, Donald James Crosier, said Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney.

Justin Crosier

Justin Crosier

Rigney said the incident happened on Nov. 5 in the 1100 block of First Avenue West when the 34-year-old homeowner confronted the suspects while they allegedly were attempting to steal an Xbox 360 and a shotgun from the house.

After the homeowner made contact with the suspects, the suspects allegedly physically assaulted the homeowner, Rigney said.

“He was not shot, but he was assaulted with a shotgun,” Rigney said. “I believe he was just released from UAB Hospital. He has a severe injury that will be debilitating.

“Once we were able to interview the victim, we were able to identify and locate those three suspects and sign a warrant on the fourth suspect,” Rigney said.

As of Nov. 13, Joshua and Justin Crosier had been released from jail on bonds totaling $45,000 apiece. Berryhill was being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $45,000.

If convicted of the crimes, the suspects each could face 30 or more years in prison.