Crime Stoppers January 26: Birmingham man killed two days before Christmas

Nathaniel Oakes

It{}was right before Christmas when Nathaniel Oakes was shot and killed. It happened at his home after a witness said suspects broke in. Detectives are reminding the public that if you know who was at that door, you can speak up. You will remain anonymous.

"I'm Birmingham{}Police Chief A.C. Roper.

Nathaniel Oakes was killed when he walked through his front door. He was 29 years old.

Sunday December 23, police were called to the 600 block of 27th Street{}SW.{} When they got there, they went inside and found Oakes lying on the floor. He had been shot several times.

The officers searched his house and saw it appeared to have been ransacked. A witness says several suspects broke in and ambushed Oakes when he walked through the front door. Several neighbors recalled hearing screams and gunshots, but not one of them called police.

We are certain the suspects have either told someone what happened or someone else has been able to put the pieces together and has a good idea of who fired the fatal shots. So now we're reminding you: there is a way to share what you know without risking your life.

You can call Crime Stoppers. Just dial 205-254-7777. You'll remain anonymous, and Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court to testify. Plus, there' s a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

Oakes needs real justice. Since know one will know it was you who called, you can get in touch with Crime Stoppers, and justice can be served.

With Crime Stoppers, I'm Police Chief A.C. Roper."

In addition to telephone tips, encrypted tips can be submitted online by going to and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link. Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES.

If you provide information to Crime Stoppers, detectives will never ask for your name, and they will never see your phone number. Instead, you will be assigned a private code number. If your tip is the first to lead to an arrest, you then use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call its 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.