Capital Murder Suspect Arrested

The WFPD worked together with officers from the Euless Police Department in apprehending a capital murder suspect, Pedro Angel Rodriguez, in Wichita Falls on 02-25-21. Rodriguez was wanted for a capital murder that occurred in Tarrant County. The Gang Task Force along with other officers in the WFPD Special Operations Unit located Rodriguez leaving a residence on the 2500 block of 9th street at about 5:00 pm yesterday. Rodriguez fled from the officers in a vehicle until he crashed at the intersection of Seymour Road and Lebanon. The officers arrested Rodriguez after a foot pursuit. As a result of the arrest for the Capital Murder warrant, Rodriguez was also charged with Evading Arrest/Detention, Possession of Marijuana under Two Ounces, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Great teamwork between the WFPD and the Euless Police Department! 

COUNTERFEIT CHECK OPERATION BUSTED – TWO ARRESTED

On 02-25-21, our Financial Crimes Unit, along with a DPS Special Agent, executed a search warrant in a room at the Motel 6 on Central Freeway. The search warrant yielded multiple counterfeiting items including IDs, computer equipment, date stamps, blank check forms, and a large check writing machine. Investigation has linked this operation to multiple victims.

Jermaine Green, age 39, and Robin Kolker, age 40, were arrested and charged with Fraudulent Possession/Use of Identifying Information (50 or more items) which is a 1st Degree Felony. Their bonds have been set at $100,000 each!

Excellent work!

Wichita Falls Crime Mapping

Do you want to know what is happening in your neighborhood? Would you like to be able to filter that activity by date, date range, and type of activity? If so, we have great news for you! You can and it’s absolutely FREE!

All you have to do is visit https://www.crimemapping.com and select Wichita Falls Police from the drop down menu and you are on your way!

You can also sign up to RECEIVE ALERTS!

BEWARE – PHONE PHISHING SCAM ALERT

We have been made aware of a phone scam that has made it’s way to our city. During this scam, the caller states that they are calling from ONCOR and threatening to turn off the victims power within the hour for non-payment if the bill is not immediately paid over the phone. Please do not fall for this scam. This is not ONCOR.

If you have billing questions or disputes with ONCOR, or any other utility company, always reach out to them yourself to ensure that you are speaking to the correct people.

If you feel that you have already been a victim of this scam, please call our front desk at 940-761-7792 to file a report over the phone.

WFPD Gets New K-9…Meet Lock

We here at the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to introduce the newest member to our department, K-9 Officer Lock.

K-9 Officer Lock will be assigned to his partner Officer Bartow with the Gang Task Force Unit and will be assisting in the detection of illegal narcotics (marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin), the location of evidence that has been abandoned or hidden, the tracking of individuals sought by police and the search and rescue of lost or missing persons.

We would like to again thank the Southwest Wichita Falls Rotary Club for the donation to purchase K-9 Officer Lock and the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association for their donation to help cover the cost of the training and kenneling.

*** MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER ***

Last night, at approx 11:24pm, officers responded to a residence in the 2100 blk of Grant St in reference to a stabbing. The victim, 45 year old Katherine Acuna, was pronounced dead on scene. Following an investigation, the boyfriend of the victim, 45 year old Narciso Caso Espinosa, was arrested for the murder and booked into the Wichita County Jail.

Scam Alert

Recently our department has received several reports in which victims said that they were contacted by phone by someone posing as a “DEA Agent”. Victims are told that their Social Security Number has been associated with drug running, sex trafficking, etc. and that there is a warrant for their arrest. Victims are then asked to purchase gift cards from different locations so that the warrant can be cancelled.

What You Can Do to Avoid a Scam

Block unwanted calls and text messages. Take steps to block unwanted calls and to filter unwanted text messages.

Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email, or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.

If you get an email or text message from a company you do business with and you think it’s real, it’s still best not to click on any links. Instead, contact them using a website you know is trustworthy. Or look up their phone number. Don’t call a number they gave you or the number from your caller ID.

Resist the pressure to act immediately. Legitimate businesses will give you time to make a decision. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information is a scammer.

Know how scammers tell you to pay. Never pay someone who insists you pay with a gift card or by using a money transfer service. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone.

Stop and talk to someone you trust. Before you do anything else, tell someone — a friend, a family member, a neighbor — what happened. Talking about it could help you realize it’s a scam.

If you were scammed or think you saw a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

STEP Holliday and 1st quarter Comprehensive STEP Stat totals

The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices, and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the Holiday Season Stats and 1st Quarter as provided below.

Holiday season TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats (December 1st through December 31st):

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 5

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 4

Speeding – 114

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 0

Other Violations – 17

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 0

Hours Worked – 71.5

Miles Driven – 578

1st Quarter FY 2021 (October 1st thru December 31st) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 12

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 17

Speeding – 343

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 2

Other Violations – 63

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 3

Hours Worked – 215

Miles Driven – 1656

Now Hiring

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2021.TEST DAY IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2021.

Are you between the ages of 21-44 and looking for an exciting career with competitive pay & benefits?

Do you enjoy serving others?

If so, then we are looking for you!

How To Apply

  1. Fill out the application found here: https://bit.ly/3eZ3C1o

2) Once your application has been successfully submitted, download and print out the WFPD Personal History Statement Packet found here: https://bit.ly/36wQPzj

3) Fill out the Personal History Statement Packet completely and follow all instructions

4) Bring your COMPLETED Personal History Statement Packet with you on testing day (TBD)NOTE: You must have your completed Personal History Statement Packet with you on the day of testing to be considered for employment!

For more information on our hiring process, please visit www.wfpd.net/hire If you have a question that cannot be answered via our webpage, please call 940-720-5059.

Now Hiring Police Officers

WFPD Sgt. Charlie Eipper is joined by the Boys Head Basketball coach at Hirschi High School, Coach Donald Hedge. Sgt. Eipper and Coach Hedge have a conversation about recruiting and specifically on their common desire to see more men and women of our black community serving as officers on the WFPD team. If you have a passion to serve in this capacity, apply today at www.wfpdnow.com/jobs