Opelika man arrested for attempted murder

Opelika man arrested for attempted murder

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – Opelika police arrested a man on several warrants including attempted murder, robbery in the first-degree and discharging firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Demarcus Benford, 28, was arrested on April 18 at 2:22 p.m. in the 300 block of Pleasant Circle, according to Opelika police.

The warrants were signed on April 14 and arise from an incident that occurred in the Pleasant Circle area. On the same day, a 30-year-old male victim reported being robbed at gunpoint of his cellphone and some cash.

During the robbery, the suspect shot at the victim multiple times, striking the victim's vehicle and two occupied residences in the area.

No one was injured during the shooting. Benford was positively identified as the offender and subsequently charged.

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