Roderick Demetrius Dye, 37, was in the Anniston City Jail Monday under suspicion of shooting a man outside the victim’s home on West 14th Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The exact address home was not listed in the police report.
The 31-year-old homeowner was at Regional Medical Center on Monday, receiving treatment for two gunshot wounds sustained during the burglary, police said.
The victim told police he and a friend were cooking a meal at his home Sunday evening, when Dye entered the house with a gun.
Police said Dye asked the two men if they knew the whereabouts of another man who owed Dye money.
The victim told police that he said he didn’t know where that man was. After the victim’s answer, Dye reportedly shot a round of bullets into the floor and walls of the house and then held the gun to the victim’s head, investigators said.
Anniston police Capt. Richard Smith said Dye demanded the victim pay him the $1,500 he was owed by the other man.
With the gun to the back of the victim’s head, Dye forced the victim out of the house toward Dye’s parked car, Smith said.
The victim told police that he began to physically struggle with Dye when he realized that Dye probably intended to kidnap him.
During that struggle, the victim said he managed to get the gun away from Dye, but not before Dye shot him once in the right thigh and again in the left armpit.
Dye ran to a house on Elston Avenue, a police report states.
Once there, Dye ripped the metal burglar bars off the house’s storm door and kicked in the front door, Smith said.
The 90-year-old woman who lived there called police to tell them a burglar had broken into her house.
Patrol officers responded to the scene around 10:50 p.m., found Dye there and arrested him.
Dye is charged with first-degree assault, burglary and felony possession of a controlled substance, because police said they found him in possession of 10 hydrocodone pills that weren’t prescribed to him.
The victim of the assault at the West 14th Street residence was taken to RMC soon after the incident by a passerby, Smith said.
Police said the victim’s injuries are not life-threatening.
Although the victim managed to get the gun away from the suspect, that gun was misplaced sometime between the struggle in the victim’s yard and when the passerby transported the victim to the hospital.
Investigators were searching Monday for that gun and continuing to gather information about the case.
Police said Dye’s bond and court information were not available Monday.
Contact Star Staff Writer Cameron Steele at 256-235-3562.