Reduced bond denied for attempted murder suspect

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 25-year-old Alabaster man remains in the Shelby County Jail without bond after a Shelby County District Court Judge denied the suspect’s request for a lower bond in late June.

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Judge Daniel Crowson denied the bond reduction request from Issai Serrano, who lists an address on Meadowlark Place in Alabaster and is facing one count of attempted murder of a police officer and one count of probation violation. Serrano currently is being held in jail on a $20,000 bond on the attempted murder charge and no bond on the probation violation charge.

Serrano’s attempted murder charge came when he allegedly attempted to run over Alabaster police officer Tim Crocker with a pickup truck while allegedly fleeing officers following an incident on the afternoon of June 20, during which officers were involved in a shooting.

Following the incident, suspects fled the scene and were detained by the Hoover Police Department near the intersection of Morgan Road and South Shades Crest Road later the same afternoon after Hoover police officers spotted a truck matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle.

In Serrano’s request for a lower bond, his attorney claimed “an Alabaster police officer discharged his weapon three times, without justification and without the defendant being an imminent threat to the officer’s life or the life of any other party.”

Serrano’s attorney claimed “the Alabaster police officer involved in this case is trying to justify the unnecessary shooting that took place on 6/20/2018 by pressing attempted murder charges against the defendant.”

The request also said Serrano “is a U.S. citizen and his family has legal status in the United States,” and said the suspect has “significant ties to the Shelby County, Alabama, area,” including attending school here and working with a local roofing company.

Because the incident included an officer-involved shooting, the case is being handled by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Major Crimes Task Force.

Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Roger Hepburn previously said he was unsure if there would be any other arrests in the case, and said he was unable to provide further information on the incident because it is still under investigation.

When he was arrested on the attempted murder count, Serrano was serving a two-year probation sentence for a first-degree marijuana possession charge he pleaded guilty to in 2016. He also pleaded guilty to a second-degree marijuana possession charge on June 8, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and complete a court-referred substance abuse program.

Serrano is set to appear in District Court for a preliminary hearing on July 25, according to court records.