Man arrested after alleged robbery leads to police chase on I-65 – Shelby County Reporter
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Man arrested after alleged robbery leads to police chase on I-65 – Shelby County Reporter

Man arrested after alleged robbery leads to police chase on I-65

Posted at 16:14 Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Author: NOAH WORTHAM | Editor in Chief

ALABASTER – Michael King is now facing multiple charges after allegedly committing a robbery and fleeing from police during a chase that involved multiple police departments and ended in Birmingham.

The Alabaster Police Department arrested King Bessemer, 30, on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree criminal action, second-degree assault, attempted evasion and unlawful possession of a pistol. King is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, Alabaster officers received a call to a closed gas station. Initial information showed that a vehicle had been stolen at this location. After arriving at the scene, the officers found the injured person. The victim explained how she was giving King a ride home when the assault allegedly took place. King then allegedly took the vehicle and headed north on Interstate 65.

Court records show that King was allegedly armed with a semi-automatic handgun and also caused serious physical injury to the victim while committing the alleged theft.

Pelham officers located the vehicle still traveling north on Interstate 65 and attempted to stop King. King allegedly continued northbound on I-65 when officers from Hoover and Vestavia Hills responded. King was eventually arrested on Oxmoor Road in Birmingham.

King faces first-degree felony charges after allegedly causing the victim’s $22,000 2022 Nissan Sentra to explode.

First-degree robbery is considered a Class A felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $60,000 fine.

First-degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault, attempted escape and unlawful possession of a pistol are considered Class C felonies, with each misdemeanor punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

APD expressed gratitude to the Hoover Police Department, Pelham Police Department, Homewood Police Department and Vestavia Hills Police Department for their assistance in apprehending King.