Stalking suspect, inmate accused of assaulting officer

COLUMBIANA – An Alabaster man who was recently arrested and charged with aggravated stalking received an additional charge after he allegedly assaulted someone while in jail.

Justin Tal Carpenter, 31, who lists an address on Smoke Tree Lane, was charged with assault in the second degree by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. According to his warrant, Carpenter allegedly assaulted and injured a female corrections officer with the intent to prevent her from “performing a lawful duty.”

Carpenter

At the time of the incident, Carpenter was booked into the Shelby County Jail on charges of aggravated stalking, probation violation and the violation of a domestic violence protection order enforcement act from the Alabaster Police Department.

He was booked on Jan. 27, after he allegedly “repeatedly followed and harassed” an Alabaster woman in 2017, telling her “If you snitch on me and I go to prison, it will be 100 times worse” and “You’ll pray for peace or death.”

His probation violation and violation of a domestic violence protection order enforcement act charges stem from a previous aggravated stalking charge, which involved the same victim.

Second degree assault is a Class C felony. If convicted, Carpenter could face up to 10 years in prison.

As of Monday, Feb. 5, Carpenter remained at the Shelby County Jail. His second-degree assault charge increased his bond amount from $102,000 to $117,000. Carpenter’s case was assigned to Shelby County District Court Judge Daniel A. Crowson Jr. He is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on March. 1.