Two indicted in Alabaster gas station robbery

Published 1:58 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2017


By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A pair of Birmingham men are facing up to life in prison after they were recently indicted by a Shelby County grand jury on two counts of first-degree robbery.

During its August term, the grand jury indicted 39-year-old Kevin Bray, who lists an address on Ninth Avenue South, and 37-year-old Darryius Tompkins, who lists an address on Seventh Avenue Northwest, on one count of first-degree robbery apiece.

First-degree robbery is a Class A felony, which is the highest non-capital offense outlined in Alabama law, and carries a possible sentence of between 10 years and life in prison upon conviction.

The charges stemmed from the armed robbery of the Med Center Shell station near Shelby Baptist Medical center off U.S. 31 in Alabaster on the morning of June 6.

Bray and Tompkins were arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force on June 12

According to the Alabaster Police Department, witnesses saw the two men enter the store with handgun and take money from the clerk at approximately 7 a.m. on June 6.

No injuries were reported in the robbery, Alabaster Police Department Lt. Grant Humphries said at the time of the arrests.

Both Bray and Tompkins are currently being held at the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $250,000 apiece.

Tompkins is set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court on Oct. 3 for a preliminary hearing, while Bray will appear in Circuit Court on Oct. 2.