On Friday, February 16th, at approximately 2:45 pm in the 1600 block of 31st officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department served an aggravated robbery warrant on 30 year old Justin Mcminn.
The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that was reported to the WFPD on January 28th of this year at the Quick Stop located in the 2100 block of Holiday.
The reporting party stated that at approximately 11:15 pm a subject came into the store and demanded money while waving brass knuckles. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Earlier this week the Wichita Falls Police Department reported that 57 year old Wayne Alan Watson was in custody in the Tarrant County jail for aggravated robbery. A federal detainer has now been placed on him for multiple bank robberies across the state to include the Legend Bank here in Wichita Falls.
On January 17th the Legend Bank branch located at Kemp and Kell was robbed at gunpoint by a white male. The suspect was quickly discovered to be a serial bank robber operating in the Central and North Texas area. Multiple investigators from across the state, as well as federal agencies, were working on the case and sharing information.
Detectives from the WFPD Crimes Against Persons Unit identified the suspect during their follow up investigation of the Legend Bank robbery. The suspect was identified as Wayne Alan Watson of Fort Worth. Further investigation identified Watson as the subject who robbed the Carter’s Department Store, located on Lawrence Road on November 29, 2017.
On Tuesday, February 13th at approximately 5:45 am Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department, in cooperation with The FBI, Texas Rangers, Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office and the Texas DPS SWAT Team, executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Isbell Ct. in Ft Worth, Texas at which time Watson was initially taken into custody for the aggravated robbery at Carter’s.
It was during this search that investigators located evidence that linked Watson to multiple bank robberies across the state to include the Legend Bank.
Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department have filed warrants on two suspects for recent robberies that have occurred in the City; 30 year old Justin McMinn and 51 year old Gregory Reynolds.
McMinn is wanted for the aggravated robbery that took place at the Quick Stop on January 28th of this year.
The reporting party stated that at approximately 11:15 pm a subject came into the store located in the 2100 block of Holiday Rd and demanded money while waving brass knuckles. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Reynolds is wanted for the robbery that took place at the Subway restaurant on February 1st of this year.
The reporting party stated that at approximately 3:00 pm a subject came into the store located in the 3700 block of Fairway and demanded money. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of either of these subjects you are encouraged to call police at (940) 720-5000 or if you want to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888.
On Tuesday, February 13th at approximately 5:45 am Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department, in cooperation with The FBI, Texas Rangers, Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office and the Texas DPS SWAT Team, executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Isbell Ct. in Ft Worth, Texas.
During the search 57 year old Wayne Alan Watson was located and arrested on an aggravated robbery warrant. The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that was reported to our agency back on November 29th of last year.
The victim called to report that a white male had just entered Carter’s, located in the 3200 block of Lawrence, and demanded money. The victim stated the suspect displayed a handgun. The suspect was able to get an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the scene.
Watson was transported to the Tarrant County jail.
Further charges are pending.
On Thursday, February 1st, at approximately 1:40 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a 2017 white Ford Fiesta traveling 75 mph in a 60 mph zone in the 3100 block of U.S. Highway 287. Officers initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as 54 year old Jeffery Carrethers.
WFPD K-9 Turko was deployed and conducted a free air sniff of the Fiesta. K-9 Turko gave a positive alert at the rear passenger door of the vehicle as well as the rear quarter near the trunk. A search was conducted based on probable cause from the K-9 alert. During the search, officers located a blue suitcase in the trunk of the vehicle that contained 18 individual vacuum sealed packages containing a green leafy substance that was later determined to be hydroponic marijuana.
Upon the discovery of the marijuana Carrethers gave a statement that all the marijuana was his. Carrethers stated that he purchased the marijuana in Denver, Colorado and was taking it with him to Dallas, TX.
The total amount of marijuana located inside the vehicle was 13.35 pounds.
Carrethers was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 5 pounds under 50 pounds.
Over the past few weeks The Wichita Falls Police Department has seen an increase in counterfeit bills being reported in the local area. The majority of the bills are 100’s. At this time there are few leads on suspect(s).
A way to prevent from becoming a victim is to gain knowledge. You can do that by learning what security features are incorporated into each bill. The following link is a PDF describing security features on various bills: (https://www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf).
You can also take a free online training course at https://www.uscurrency.gov/training-course and learn more about the money you handle.
If you have any information on this crime you can contact the WFPD at 940-761-7792 or if you want to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.
On Tuesday, January 30th, at approximately 9:20 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1700 block of 9th Street at Walgreens in reference to a possible disturbance. Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that she and her boyfriend, who was later identified as 27 year old Nolan Blair, were in a verbal argument at which time Blair became physical and started to choke the victim. The victim was able to get away and call for help. Blair fled the scene.
Approximately 20 minutes later Blair returned and police were called back. Officers located Blair at which time he became aggressive towards them. As officers were attempting to place Blair in handcuffs he began to actively resist and pull away. Officers deployed their conducted energy devices (Taser) but it was unsuccessful. Blair began to fight with the officers striking one officer in the face with his fist and another in the torso. Officers were able to redeploy their Taser at which time they were able to get Blair into custody.
Blair was transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident where he was charged with assault family violence, resisting arrest and two counts of assault on a public servant.
On Monday January 29th at approximately 9:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2100 block of 9th Street to Sonic in reference to an aggravated robbery. The reporting party stated two subjects described as a Hispanic male wearing a blue shirt and jeans and a white male with unknown clothing description came to the store and pointed a silver in color handgun at him and demanded money. The victim stated that they took approximately $58.00 from him and fled on foot.
Officers began searching the area and located two subjects walking in the 700 block of Denver that matched the description of the suspects. As officers approached both subjects began to flee. Officers lost sight of the male in the blue shirt but were able to locate the second attempting to hide behind a trash can in the 1900 block of 8th Street. Officers demanded for the suspect to show his hands, when he refused officers deployed their conducted energy device (Taser) and were then able to get the suspect into custody. The suspect was identified as 17 year old Robert Bustamante.
During a search incident to arrest officers located five .38 caliber rounds in Bustamante’s front left pants pocket along with $58 in cash and a grey Under Armour mask. Inside the trash can that Bustamante attempted to hide behind officers located a backpack that contained a silver in color .38 caliber handgun.
Bustamante was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated robbery and evading. The case is still under investigation.
On Thursday, January 25th, at approximately 3:00 pm an officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a subject at 8th and Denver for running a stop sign. The subject was identified as 63 year old Donald Spence.
During the course of the stop Spence gave verbal consent for the officer to search his person. The officer located in Spence’s front right pant pocket a large plastic bag that contained several smaller bags of a white crystal like substance, a bag with a green leafy substance and what appeared to be a rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance.
The white crystal like substance rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine. The green leafy substance as well as the green leafy substance that was rolled into a cigarette rendered a positive field test for marijuana. The way that the methamphetamine was individually packaged is consistent with the sell and distribution of illegal narcotics. The total weight for the methamphetamine was 11.5 grams and the total weight for the marijuana was .163 ounces.
Spence was placed into custody and was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and possession of marijuana. Due to the fact that the intersection of 8th and Denver is less than 1000 feet from the Denver Alternative Education school this made it a drug free zone.
Financial scams are on the rise again. Recently there have been several reports of IRS scams demanding payment for alleged owed money. Scammers are calling unsuspecting victims and advising them they have a warrant for their arrest and/or the police are watching their residence planning to make an arrest if they do not pay. This is a scam that targets the elderly and/or unknowing.
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