2018 REPORT: HOMICIDES REACH 16 YEAR LOW
Tuscaloosa County experienced the lowest number of homicides last year since 2002. And while that’s great news, other violent crime numbers are increasing.
There were only 10 homicides in Tuscaloosa County in 2018, compared with 18 in 2017. That’s a decrease of nearly 45 percent.
Felony assaults, however, saw a dramatic uptick from 2017. That year, there were 98 felony assaults reported. In 2018, that number climbed to 134.
Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes investigators said they’ve made arrested in or cleared every homicide case they’ve worked on since 2014, and it’s been 16 years since the homicide rate was as low as it was last year.
“This just goes back to the quality of investigators we have working here,” said Capt. Kip Hart with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit. “We could process the evidence and things like that, but a lot of times it takes leads and information from people out in the community who see and know what’s going on to help us get final closure for the families.”
But Tuscaloosa County’s homicide rate for 2018 could climb from 10 to 11 if autopsy results from 14-month-old Taderrius Tykell Ryce prove the infant was killed. Ryce died last month after suffering severe brain trauma.