MCSO: Attempted murder suspect arrested

Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 1:11 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2023 at 4:16 PM CDT
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UPDATE: MCSO said they have located Tawanne Lucas and are currently booking him in the Mobile County Metro Jail.

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Acting on a tip Wednesday, Mobile County sheriff’s deputies who were trying to serve an arrest warrant charging a man with attempted murder surrounded a house on Houston Street.

“They attempted to serve the warrant, could hear movement in the house,” Sheriff Paul Burch said. “Nobody would come to the door.”

The Sheriff’s Office brought in an armored vehicle, the SWAT team and K-9 units. Deputies said they found the suspect’s Tawanne Lucas’ vehicle outside the home and a small amount of marijuana inside the house. But Lucas, himself, was nowhere to be found.

“We believe he got out of the house until we had an adequate number of people here to secure the scene,” Burch said. “‘Cause initially it was just two warrant deputies.”

Burch said that after deputies forced their way in the front door, a woman left out the back. He said she has been taken in for questioning.

Burch said deputies went through the neighborhood trying to find Lucas, 46, but were not immediately able to locate him.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the attempted murder charge stems from a shooting on Orange Street on Sept. 25. Police at the time said one man suffered a non-life-threatening injury and drove himself to Springhill Medical Center.

It is the second time Lucas has been charged with attempted murder. He also faced allegations that he shot a man in November 2020. A grand jury in that case declined to indict him. He has an arrest record involving charges ranging from drug offenses to assault to firearms violations.

“We are still looking for him, actively looking for him,” Burch said. “So if anybody has any information, and we do believe him to be armed.”

If anyone has any information about this suspect, please contact Mobile County Sheriff’s Office (251) 574-8633.

Updated at 2:54 p.m. with information from Sheriff Paul Burch.

Updated at 4:23 p.m. with additional information.

Updated at 6:04 p.m. to correct an error about some of the previous offenses Lucas has been charged with.