Officer Esquibel and Officer Arias competed in the Texas Police Games last week in Ft Worth. Officer Esquibel finished 1st in his age and weight class in powerlifting for the 4th year in a row and Officer Arias finished 4th in men’s singles and 2nd in men’s doubles tennis. Congratulations guys! Way to go!
On 06-15-18, at approx 0049hrs, officers were dispatched to the area of Corwin and Madisen in reference to a male and female banging on doors. Officers located them in the 1000 blk of Corwin and found the male to have lacerations to his chest and arm. The male victim stated that he arrived home to his residence in the 1100 blk of Corwin when he was met by his roommate, 68 year old James Blanchard, and a verbal argument started. The victim said that the argument turned violent and Blanchard grabbed a knife and began slashing him. During the altercation, Blanchard stabbed the victim in the arm and plunged the knife into the victim`s chest. The victim retreated out the front door where he pulled the knife out of his chest and fled on foot. Blanchard was located and arrested for Aggravated Assault Family Violence and transported to jail. The victim was treated at the hospital for his injuries, which appeared to be non-life threatening.
- Adult Seatbelt Citations – 265
- Child Safety Seats – 11
- Intersection Violations – 12
- Speeding – 7
- Other Violations – 91
- Arrests – 5
- Vehicles Impounded – 7
- Hours Worked – 220
- Miles Driven – 1,509
The Wichita Falls Police Department saw a 57% decrease in reports of vehicle burglaries with 37% fewer cars being broken into compared to two weeks ago. However, of the vehicles that were recently broken into only one vehicle showed signs of forced entry and of those broken into two handguns were reported stolen.
Due to the immediate and relentless response by the WFPD multiple arrests have been made regarding recent vehicle burglaries and the recovery of stolen firearms.
Even though the current statistics show a decrease in vehicle burglaries the main focus of the WFPD is still on reminding people of the dangers of leaving their vehicles unlocked and more importantly not to leave firearms unsecured.
The simple act of locking your vehicle will go a long way in preventing you from becoming the victim of a burglary. Even if your vehicle is parked inside your garage at night, locking it is still the recommendation of the police department. And at no time is it a good idea to leave a firearm in your vehicle unsecured. The last thing that any responsible gun owner would want to see happen is to have their firearm stolen and used in the commission of a crime where someone is hurt or killed.
On Sunday, June 3rd, at approximately 1:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a 2005 white Ford Explorer stop in the area of Longview Drive and Wrangler Drive. The driver exited the vehicle and officers recognized him as 27 year old Francisco Rodriguez. Officers knew Rodriguez to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. They observed Rodriguez walk up the driveway of a residence in that area and attempted to enter a vehicle that was parked there. He did not make entry into the vehicle but quickly got back into his and drove away.
A marked WFPD patrol car got behind Rodriguez in order to initiate a traffic stop at which time Rodriguez began to accelerate and attempted to evade officers. He went southbound on Central Freeway and then exited the Freeway by the Travel Center. He tried to continue east in the north alley of North 8th Street, however he lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole.
Francisco and a female passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers were able to locate Rodriguez hiding in a pile of trash, however the female was able to get away.
Officers located a holster for a Sig Sauer handgun on Rodriguez. When officers began to search the vehicle that Rodriguez fled from they located a Sig Sauer handgun on the ground by the driver’s door. A records checked showed the handun to have been stolen. Inside the vehicle they located magazines for the handgun along with two bags of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine that weighed 2.3 grams and two bags of a substance that field tested positive for marijuana and weighed .22 ounces.
The vehicle Rodriguez was driving was impounded and he was taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with evading in a vehicle, evading on foot, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, violation of court order and multiple warrants.
On 05-29-18, at approximately 4:24pm, WFPD Officers with Organized Crime Unit received information that fugitive Stanley King was at Zoom Zoom’s on MLK. Officers arrived on scene and located King, placed him in handcuffs, and detained him. While his warrants were being confirmed, King took off running westbound down MLK. When King started running, a phone and a firearm fell from his person. King stopped running at the intersection of MLK/Oriole and was arrested. A search incident to arrest revealed king was in possession of 31.7 grams of methamphetamine. King was transported to jail and charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Escape, Possession of a Firearm by a felon, and his outstanding warrants.
On Friday, May 25th, at approximately 9:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a white 2002 Chevrolet Tracker traveling southbound on Williams. A records check on the vehicle indicated that it was not properly insured. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Harding and Cleveland.
The driver, and only occupant of the vehicle, was identified as 46 year old Julie Wallace. Wallace advised police that she did not have a valid driver’s license at which time officers had Wallace exit the vehicle. While officers were speaking to Wallace she admitted to having recently purchased narcotics. When asked if they were in the vehicle she stated that they were. Officers searched the vehicle and located six individual baggies inside of the vehicle that contained a white crystal like substance. The substance rendered a positive for methamphetamine when field tested. The total weight of the substance was 174 grams.
Wallace was placed into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where she was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one over four grams.
It’s that time of year again when you wake up to the sound of lawnmowers, gas trimmers and electric hedgers turning neighborhood yards into manicured marvels. The smell of freshly cut grass is carried by the warm winds of a sunny day. The sounds and smells have motivated you to get out in your own yard and do some work. You go to get your tools only to have your summertime bliss evaporate into woe when you discover someone has stolen your tools.
You pick up the phone to call police and file a theft report. Once police arrive one of the questions they ask you is if you know the make, model and serial number of the property that was stolen. Your reply is, “no”. This is not uncommon, but it does make it more difficult for the police to recover your property without having some type of identifying information. Your stolen lawnmower will simply become one of hundreds of other lawnmowers without some type of identifying information that shows it belongs to you.
The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a great tool available to them free of charge: Report It.
Report It is a proactive tool that allows you to easily catalog information about your valuables. This includes serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts. It’s completely internet based, so you never have to worry about losing the data you have saved.
Nobody expects to have their property lost, stolen or damaged, but if it does happen, you’ll need to be able to provide the information to law enforcement and your insurance provider.
You can use Report It to store identifying information of anything of value – think about collectibles, jewelry, electronics, machinery, lawn equipment, and even designer clothes and handbags.
Having identifying information, such as serial numbers, will go a long way in helping the police to get your stolen property back to you so you can get back to enjoying the sounds and smells of summer.
From May 7th to the 20th the Wichita Falls Police Department received 35 burglary of a vehicle reports. During the investigation it was determined that 45 vehicles had been broken into, none of which showed signs of forced entry. There were 12 handguns taken in the burglaries.
The WFPD would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles, and a special reminder to not leave unsecured firearms in your vehicle.
Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.
- Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
- Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
- Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
- Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
- Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.
There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.
The Wichita Falls Police Department is participating in this years TxDOT Click It or Ticket Campaign which runs from May 21st through June 3rd. We will have additional Officers on the street focusing on Occupant Protection for all passengers in vehicles. WFPD has partnered with TxDOT’s Click It or Ticket since 2002. Last year WFPD alone issued 287 seatbelt citations and 10 child safety seat citations during the campaign.
Here Is the Law
Texas law now requires drivers and all passengers in vehicles to be secured by a safety belt.
Any child under the age of 8 must be restrained in an approved child passenger safety seat unless taller than 4 feet, nine inches.
Safety Seat Guidelines
Safety belts are designed for adults, not children. Use a booster seat to lift your child up and prevent severe injuries in a crash.
Please remember the following guidelines when buying the proper seat for your child:
Birth-1 Year, Up to 35 Pounds
- Use a rear-facing seat until your baby reaches the weight limit or height limit of the seat.
- Secure the chest clip even with your baby’s armpits.
- Fasten harness straps snugly against your baby’s body.
1-4 Years, 20 to 40 Pounds
- Use a forward-facing seat for as long as the safety seat manufacturer recommends it.
- Fasten harness straps snugly against your child’s body.
- Secure the chest clip even with your child’s armpits.
- Latch the tether strap to the corresponding anchor if your vehicle has one.
4-8 Years, Over 40 Pounds
- Use a booster seat.
- Fasten the lap belt across your child’s thighs and hips, not stomach.
- Strap the diagonal belt across the chest to rest on the shoulder, not the neck.