Stay Home & Stay Safe

stayhome_4x

We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our citizens who have been following the recommended Federal, State, and Local guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. We are asking for your continued support and compliance as our community moves forward in an effort to stop this virus from spreading and taking lives.

1) Please follow all mandated provisions of the Shelter in Place order that takes effect tonight at 11:59pm.

2) Stay home and stay safe. When necessary, only leave your homes for defined essential activities as specified in the order.

3) Practice social distancing with a minimum 6ft gap.

4) Wash your hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds.

5) Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.

6) If you are sick, seek medical care and take the proper precautions to prevent spreading germs

Remember that compliance here is key. If we all do our part, we will save lives!

We are all in this together and we will get through this together!

SCAM ALERT – PHISHING SCAM TARGETING LOCAL CITIZENS

PLEASE SHARE – LOCAL SCAM ALERT

Unfortunately, during times of crisis, phishing scams tend to rise as scammers attempt to prey on unsuspecting victims.

It has come to our attention that some of our citizens have been receiving FAKE emails from someone posing as our mayor, Stephen Santellana, asking them to purchase gift cards to be given out as surprise gifts to dedicated staff.

The scammer goes on to instruct the recipient to go to Best Buy or CVS to purchase 5 gift cards in the amount of $100 each ($500 in total) from either Wal-Mart or EBAY and then send them pictures of the cards once they are purchased.

PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM! THESE EMAILS ARE NOT FROM OUR MAYOR!

Be very cautious if you receive one of these emails or ones similar to it. These types of emails are always scams. Most of them are written using poor grammar containing multiple misspellings. Do not open them, reply to them, or click on any links contained within them.

If you feel that you have been a victim of this scam, please contact us at 940-761-7792. You can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission at

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

WFPD COVID-19 Update

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all of us in some way, either directly or indirectly. That being said, the Wichita Falls Police Department wants you to know that we are still here for you!

Within the last several days there was a report of someone trying to steal a customer’s grocery items in a food outlet parking lot, and a report of a person selling toilet paper at a very high price out of his vehicle in another parking lot.

In our continual effort to keep our citizens safe, WFPD will step up patrol of retail food outlet parking lots during this time of COVID-19 emergency, similar to the holiday season patrols by our Motor Unit of the shopping areas.

Additionally, we are paying heightened attention to local businesses that were mandated to close during this time, particularly those located downtown. Our normal Patrol duties regarding calls for service will continue with no change.

Please report any suspicious activity in the noted areas to WFPD and allow us to keep you safe. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency, please call 940-720-5000.

We are all going through this together and will get through this TOGETHER!

Information on COVID-19 is updated continually at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

and locally at:

https://tx-wichitafalls3.civicplus.com/2088/COVID-19

In Memory: WFPD Special Officer Robert “Bob” Fennell – EOW March 20, 1938

003

On March 20, 1938, Special Officer Bob Fennell of the Wichita Falls Police Department died after his throat was slashed by a subject that he had ejected from a local nightclub.

Earlier in the night Officer Fennell had confiscated three knives and two razors from women who were at a local nightclub. He had ejected one of the women and her escort from the club. A short time later the man returned, approached Officer Fennell from behind, and slashed his throat with a razor.

Officer Fennell drew his pistol as he fell, but was unable to fire at the subject who continued towards him. The nightclub’s owner picked up Officer Fennell’s gun and shot the subject three times, killing him.

Officer Fennell had been appointed a special officer by the Wichita Falls police chief several weeks earlier. He had previously served with the Burkburnett Police Department and Electra Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.

We Are Here For You!

COVID-19 Update_Twitter

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all of us in some way. That being said, the Wichita Falls Police Department wants you to know that we are still here for you!

If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency, please call 940-720-5000.

We are all going through this together and will get through this TOGETHER!

Please remain safe by heeding the warnings and using proper precautions: stay home if possible, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently (at least 20 seconds), and do not touch your face.

Information on COVID-19 is updated continually at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

and locally at:

https://tx-wichitafalls3.civicplus.com/2088/COVID-19

Crime of the Week

Crime Stoppers

 

Crime of the Week

Release on

March 16, 2020

Crime Stoppers could use your help in solving a burglary of a habitation. The crime occurred between March 5th and March 6th 2020 in the 1000 block of Harlan Ave. Unknown suspects broke into the victim’s home and stole a handgun along with the victim’s wallet.

Police have very little information about this crime and could use your help.

If you have any information about this crime or any other felony crime, call us twenty-four hours a day at 322-9888, or if you are calling long distance, call 1-800-322-9888. You never have to give your name, and if your information leads to the arrest and board approval, you could earn up to $1,000.00.

 Crime Stoppers, citizens, police and the media working together to make our community a safer place to live. Together, we can make a difference.

WFPD Arrests San Antonio Man on Multiple Charges to Include Aggravated Assault

DocumentFragment_10764151

Ken Esparza

On Friday, February 28th, at approximately 11:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2700 block of Central Fwy, Walmart, in reference to a disturbance.  As officers were responding they were advised that a Hispanic male was attempting to break into the gun cabinet that is located in the sporting goods section of the store.  Officers were also advised that the suspect was armed with a baseball bat.  At one point officers were told it was a possible active shooter situation.

When officers arrived they located several subjects inside the store that appeared distressed and were telling officers that the suspect was at the sporting goods section.  Officers immediately responded to that area where they located a Hispanic male, who was later identified as 38 year old Ken Esparza from San Antonio.  Officers observed Esparza holding a bat.  The gun cabinet glass was broken and a firearm had been removed.  When officers went to place handcuffs on him he began to resist, however they were able to get him into custody without further incident.  Esparza first gave officers a false name, but after further investigation they were able to determine his true identity.

Esparza was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, theft of a firearm, resisting arrest, and failure to identify.  There were no reported injuries.

WANTED SUBJECT

banks

PLEASE SHARE

** BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIS WANTED SUBJECT **

Thomas Henry Banks, age 24, is wanted for AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. If you have any information about Banks, or know his whereabouts, please call us at 940-720-5000 or call anonymously Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers @ 940-322-9888.

Your information can help bring this fugitive to justice!

All WANTED subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.