Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper explains why you shouldn't be afraid to take a stand.
"I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.
This happened Thursday, October 31. Tywaun Perkins lost his life that night. He was 33 years old.
We need to know who's responsible for taking his life. So please tell us what you know. Even if it's not much, one tip could be the clue we need.
Here's what we know. That night around 8:30 police were called to 74 6th Avenue South because someone had been shot.
When they got there, Perkins was at the Exxon gas station with multiple gunshot wounds. He was dead.
Witnesses say Perkins was pumping gas when a black male came from behind the alley and started shooting with a rifle. Perkins was able to get inside the store, but he collapsed.
So here is what we need. Who is responsible for Perkin's death? I'm sure word has spread about who did it. We just need you to call Crime Stoppers. Tell us what you've heard. Trust me: We will keep you anonymous. Plus: Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court to testify, so there's no need to fear.
Someone needs to speak up and step up for Perkins. He and his family need justice. We're counting on you.
With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."
In addition to telephone tips, you can text a tip by texting the code 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES. Or, you can submit an encrypted tip by going to www.birminghamcrimestoppers.org and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link.
No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.
The cash reward in this case is offered to the first person whose tip leads to an arrest. Even if you receive the cash reward, you still will not have to give your name -- only the code number.
You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime by phone at 205-254-7777 or by texting the word "CRIMES" with your tip to 7777.
To send a tip online, go to www.crimestoppersmetroal.com and click on the "submit an online tip" link.
NOTE: You will remain anonymous no matter which method you contact Crime Stoppers. Each tipster receives a private code number, which you can use to claim a cash reward should your tip lead to an arrest. Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.
Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.