Of all the questions that cross parents’ minds when they hear about child abductions, the most common question may be, “how can I stop this from happening to my child?”
TIPS FOR PARENTS TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFER WHILE IN PUBLIC
- Keep children with you at all times while shopping
- Accompany and supervise children in public facilities, including restrooms
- Have a plan in case you become separated, including a pre-designated spot to meet
- Teach children to look for people who can help, such as a uniformed security officer
- Remind children to remain in the area where they become separated
- Never dress children in clothing that displays their first or last names
- Use the word ‘no’ as a safety term
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ATTEMPTED ABDUCTIONS
Parents should learn when and where kids are most vulnerable in order to better protect them. In an analysis of attempted abductions, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that many:
- Involved a suspect driving a vehicle
- Occurred between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Occurred when the child was traveling to or away from school
- Involved girls and children between the ages of 10 and 14
TEACH CHILDREN TO TAKE ACTION
NCMEC’s review revealed one extremely important fact: 83% of children who escaped their would-be abductors did something proactive. They walked/ran away, yelled, kicked, or pulled away.
This means the best thing a child can do if someone tries to abduct them is take action instead of being passive or polite.
Use this information to set up a safety plan for your kids – and don’t forget to include teens in these conversations! You can:
- Point out places they can go for help when walking to places like school and the park
- Remind them to travel and stay with a group
- Warn them about accepting rides or changing plans without your permission
- Teach them the tricks would-be abductors use, such as offering money or asking for help
- Encourage them to tell a trusted adult whenever anything or anyone makes them uncomfortable
When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child’s best resource! And as always, please contact the police if you experience or notice anything or anyone acting suspiciously around children.
Sunday night at approximately 11:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 4200 block of City View in reference to a possible aggravated assault.
Upon arrival they spoke with the reporting party who stated that two black males, one wearing a backpack and the other a football jersey, had just robbed his tenant. When he went to confront them one of the suspects fired two rounds from a handgun striking his white Chevrolet pickup. Officers were able to locate what appeared to be a bullet hole near the rearview mirror on the driver’s side.
Officers then spoke to the resident who stated that earlier that night a friend came over to borrow some money. The victim stated that when the friend came into the residence two other subjects came in with her. One of the subjects, later identified as 21 year old Zacharei Kelly, pointed a handgun at the victim and then told the second subject, later identified as 19 year old Kyreese Williams, to grab the victim’s money, cigarettes and phone. The suspects also demanded that the friend who came to borrow money give them her car keys. When she refused, Kelly struck her in the head with the handgun and took the keys to her white Dodge Durango. Both suspects then left the residence and attempted to drive away in the vehicle only to get it stuck on a log that was in the driveway. The suspects then fled southbound on foot in the 4200 block of City View.
Officers set up a perimeter around an over grown field where the suspects were seen running into. They were able to locate both suspects along with a handgun and backpack. Both Kelly and Williams were transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated assault.
WFPD Crimes Against Persons Detectives worked together and were able to get a confession related to the Aggravated Robberies that occurred in May. 19 year old Omar Manzanares Mendoza confessed to the following robberies: 7-11 East Hatton Rd. on 5/21/16, Stripes Callfield Rd on 5/21/16 and 7-11 Central Freeway on 5/24/16. A warrant was issued for the following robberies and Mendoza was arrested and transported to jail on Friday 9/16/16.
On 09-18-16, WFPD officers were dispatched to Academy Sports in reference to a reported theft of a Yeti cooler. Officers were told that the suspects had left the scene in a U-Haul van with Arizona plates. While searching the area, officers located the van in the Home Depot parking lot occupied by one subject, 27 year old Brandon Green. A second subject exited Home Depot wearing a wig. He was identified as 26 year old Michael Devoust. Investigation revealed that Green and Devoust were together and the van contained several stolen items from Academy Sports, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart – including the above mentioned Yeti Cooler. Officers were able to return the stolen merchandise to the respective stores. Both subjects were arrested and transported to jail. They were charged with Theft < $2500.00. In addition, Green was found to be in possessions of two baggies of Methamphetamine (> 5 oz). He was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1.
On Thursday, September 15th, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 1600 block of 35th Street in reference to a subject with an outstanding warrant for their arrest. Upon arrival they located 27 year old Tony Watkins. A records checked confirmed that Watkins was wanted for Attempted Burglary of a Habitation. The warrant stemmed from a burglary that WFPD Detectives were investigating.
On September 8, 2016 WFPD officers responded to the 4700 block of Taft in reference to a possible burglary of a habitation. Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that at approximately 12:30 pm when they were walking into their apartment they observed a black male standing in their living room. The victim stated that when the suspect saw her he fled the scene. The victim followed the suspect and observed him get into a silver Cadillac CTS four door sedan.
Watkins was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.
On Saturday September 10th officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 1200 block of North 5th Street in reference to a possible burglary of a vehicle in progress. Upon arrival they located a male, later identified as 31 year old Michael Donahue, being held down by several subjects. Officers saw what appeared to be dried blood on Donahue’s hand. Donahue was also in possession of a red and white bag that contained clothing.
Once officers began to investigate they learned that one of the victims saw Donahue inside of his red 2016 Chevrolet pickup. When the victim confronted Donahue and asked him what he was doing Donahue attempted to run. The victim, along with several other subjects, held Donahue down until police arrived.
Officer later learned that another vehicle had been burglarized in the 1300 block of North 5th Street where a red and white bag with clothing in it had been taken.
As officers began to place Donahue under arrest for burglary of a vehicle he began to fight with them. Donahue began to spit on the officers as well as kick at them. Donahue also began to threaten to kill the officers.
Officers were able to eventually get Donahue into custody at which time they transported him to the hospital so that the injuries to his hand could be treated. Once cleared by medical personnel Donahue was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with burglary of a vehicle, resisting arrest, assault on a public servant and retaliation.
**WFPD Official Press Release**
Suspect in Friday’s Shooting of 2 Teens ARRESTED
On 09-04-16, at approx 1:22pm, following a citizen tip, officers made a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle matching Friday’s description in the 4700 blk of Southwest Parkway. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 20 year old Kody Lott. Lott was arrested on scene for a separate charge (Prohibited Weapon) and transported to the WFPD station for questioning about the shooting, where he confessed to the murder of Lauren Landavazo and the shooting of Makayla Smith. Lott is currently in the Wichita County Jail on the following charges: Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Prohibited Weapon.
The WFPD would like to thank everyone involved in this case from the officers working it to the media and citizens that helped disseminate and share information leading to this arrest.
On August 31st at approximately 2:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were responding to a possible criminal mischief report in the 100 block of Martin Luther King Blvd. While searching for the suspect a black male later identified as 31 year old Bryan Ray, who was walking in the area, picked up a large rock and threw it at one of the marked WFPD patrol vehicles striking the windshield. When officers began to approach Ray he stopped in the middle of the road, clinched his fists and asked the officers if they wanted to fight.
When officers asked Ray for his name he fled the area on foot. Officers began to pursue him at which time Ray stopped to pick up rocks and began throwing them at the officers. At one point Ray charged after one of the officers and began to swing his fists at him. It was at this point that officers successfully deployed their taser allowing them to take Ray into custody without further incident.
Officers transported Ray to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with four counts of assault on a public servant and evading.
There were no reported injuries.
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