Tonight at approximately 8:20 PM Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4800 block of Brookdale at the Brookdale Apartments in reference to a possible burglary.
Upon arrival Officers spoke with the victims who stated that they heard a knock at the door. When one of the victims went to open the door he was struck in the head by an unknown suspect. Then three to five suspects entered into the apartment and tied the two victims up. At that time the suspects began taking items from the apartment to include shoes and a video game console. The suspects exited the apartment by way of a window and then fled the scene in a maroon in color Ford Focus.
The suspects were described as Hispanic males between the ages of 16-20, wearing all black clothing. Two of the suspects were wearing masks. One of the suspects not wearing a mask was described as having shaggy hair and a thin mustache. A second suspect not wearing a mask was described as skinny, even haircut and mustache.
During the course of the burglary the suspects displayed a box cutter and an unknown type of handgun.
The victims were unharmed and were able to free themselves.
Although it is early in the investigation, this does not appear to be a randomly chosen target.
If you have any information about this crime you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.
Members of the Wichita Falls Police Department teamed up with Patsy’s House CAC to stomp out child abuse at the Annual Patsy’s House Pinwheels Event.
It was at the Patterson Honda dealership today from noon until 3 PM.
This is an annual fundraiser put on by Patsy’s House. Members of the community were able to come buy and purchase one of 1705 pinwheels at $20.00 a piece. Each pinwheel represents a child who receives support from Patsy’s House due to sexual abuse and or physical abuse in Wichita County. All proceeds go to Patsy’s House.
This event kicks off April being Child Abuse Awareness month.
If you were unable to get buy today to purchase a pinwheel you can still buy one by contacting Patsy’s House at 1411 10th Street or call 322-8890. You can also go online at Pinwheelsforpatsyshouse.com.
Other local agencies were also present to include the Wichita Falls Fire Department, the Wichita County DA’s office, and the Wichita County SO.
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“Fur-ever Friday” Week 21 Update – Jezebel Adopted.
By no fault of her own Jezebel was returned to the shelter by the first adopter. But now Jezi has a new family to love!
On 3/23/15 at approx. 2220 hrs. Officers were patroling the area of Jacksboro Hwy and 32nd Street when they observed a white Crown Vic parked at the Shop-n-Go. Officers knew from previous experience that Ray Guerra had been driving this vehicle and he had a active County Warrant. Officers then observed Guerra inside the store and recognized him from a mug shot they had seen the day before. After a brief struggle Officers were able to place Guerra under arrest. While searching Guerra Officers located 12.5 grams of Methamphetamine and packaging items. Ray Guerra was arrested for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, County Warrant for Bond Forfeiture/Possession of Controlled Substance and two City Warrants. He was transported to jail where he remains at this time. Great work by all Officers involved!
“Fur-ever Friday” Week 29 – Boomer & Sgt. Brian Sheehan. Boomer is a 10 month old Pointer Mix. He is great with other dogs and loves cats. He is also great with kids and is house and crate trained. Boomer has been neutered and will be fully vetted when adopted. Please consider giving adopting Boomer and giving him a home and family of his own. Contact Emily’s Legacy Rescue at (940) 249-4280.
Sgt. Joe Snyder and Smokey…Sgt. Snyder retired from the WFPD in 2012 after 25 years of service. Smokey served the WFPD for 7 years from 1992-1999. The team of Sgt. Snyder and Smokey held certification with the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) and hosted that organization’s annual conference twice.
Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department made two traffic stops approximately 15 minutes apart last night that resulted in numerous felony arrests and the seizure of various types of narcotics and a firearm.
The first took place at approximately 8:00 PM in the area of Airport and Central Fwy. WFPD Officers observed a silver in color Kia Sorento being driven by a subject that the Officers knew from prior dealings. Officers had prior knowledge that the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. When Officers initiated the traffic stop they observed a small bag being thrown from the passenger window. Officers were able to recover the bag which contained a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle was Jose Whitfield (w/m 072085) and the passenger was identified as Malinda Pittman (w/f 011488). As Officers were investigating they discovered Whitfield to be in possession of marijuana. While conducting an inventory of the vehicle Officers located several prescription pills.
Whitfield was arrested for Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Pentaly Group 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3 under 28 grams, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Officers seized .35 ounces of marijuana, 42.5 grams of methamphetamine, and 2.8 grams of prescription pills.
Pittman was arrested on unrelated warrants. Both suspects were transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.
The second stop came approximately 15 minutes later in the area of 22nd and Central Fwy.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a silver in color Chrysler van. It was occupied by the driver, Pedro Suarez (w/m 041485) and passenger Tara Purvis (w/f 012987).
A WFPD K-9 Unit responded to the scene and conducted an open air search around the vehicle. WFPD K-9 Turko alerted to the odor of narcotics within the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located a bag containing a white “ice-like” substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. A firearm was also found in the vehicle close to where the narcotics were located. Both the firearm and the methamphetamine, that weighed 16.2 grams, was recovered.
Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail wiothout incident.
Both Suarez and Purvis were charged with Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Pentaly Group 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams. Due to Suarez being a convicted felon he was also charged with a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.