Virtual Kidnapping Scam Hits Local Couple

download.pngOn 09-08-17, a local husband and wife had separately been contacted by “kidnappers” alleging that the other had been kidnapped. The kidnappers were making monetary demands and the couple, who could not reach each other, were frantically trying to meet those demands. Both were found safe and no kidnapping had ever taken place.

Investigation discovered that they had become victims of a scam known as a “virtual kidnapping”. In this scam, victims are contacted over the phone by scammers who are attempting to manipulate them into believing their loved ones have been kidnapped – in an attempt to quickly extort ransom payments.

Be aware and do not fall for this type of scam. If you receive such a call, contact your relative immediately to ensure his or her safety and then call police.

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WFPD Arrest Suspect in Aggravated Robbery

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Edwin Taylor

Thursday, August 24th, at approximately 11:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 3600 block of Sheppard Access in reference to an aggravated robbery that had just occurred at the Lone Star Dollar Saver.

According to a store employee a white male wearing all black came into the business and demanded money while displaying a handgun.  The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He was last seen traveling southbound in the 3600 block of Sheppard Access in a black Chevrolet Tahoe.  No injuries were reported.

WFPD Detectives and members of the Crime Scene Unit responded and began their investigation.  They were able to gather evidence that led to an arrest warrant being issued for 30 year old Edwin Leon Taylor of Burkburnett for aggravated robbery.

Officers with the WFPD Gang Task Force received information that Taylor was in the area of Loop 11 and Northwest Freeway at a local hotel.  They setup surveillance and at approximately 11:20 pm Taylor was seen exiting a room.  There was a brief foot pursuit that ended with Taylor being taken into custody.

He was transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident where he was booked in on the aggravated robbery warrant.

WFPD Arrest Suspect for Aggravated Assault

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Lashenda Mitchell

On July 20th at approximately 11:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 800 block of Flood in reference to subject that had been struck in the head with a brick.

Upon arrival they located the victim who stated that 34 year old Lashenda Mitchell came to their residence and began throwing bricks through the window of the residence.  When the victim went outside to see what was going on Mitchell threw another brick striking the victim in the head causing a cut around the victim’s left eye.  Mitchell fled the scene prior to officer’s arrival and went to the area of Juarez and Humphreys where she got into a second altercation.

Officers responded to the intersection of Juarez and Humphreys for a disturbance in which the driver of a 1997 Grey Honda Accord was hitting a 1999 gold Toyota Camry that was parked in the area.  Witnesses at the scene stated that the driver of the Accord struck the Camry multiple times with their vehicle and then exited the vehicle and began breaking the windows of the Camry with a baseball bat.

Officers arrived on scene and located Mitchell at which time they were able to take her into custody without incident.  She was transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with aggravated assault.

Both disturbances are under investigation and further charges could be filed.

WFPD Arrest Local Man for Aggravated Assault

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Carlos Lopez

On July 16th at approximately 6:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Austin in reference to a disturbance. While in route to the call officers were advised that a Hispanic male wearing a yellow shirt and jeans was attempting to stab another Hispanic male.

Upon arrival officers located a subject matching the suspect description.  He was detained and identified as 58 year old Carlos Lopez.  When officers asked if he had a knife with him he told them that he had a box knife.  Officers located a gray handled box cutter in Lopez’ pocket.

Officers then made contact with the victim who stated that he was in the process of moving from one apartment to another when he was approached by Lopez who had a gray handled box cutter with the blade open in his hand and made threats to cut him.

Lopez was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated assault.

WANTED SUBJECT

fuentesUPDATE: On Thursday, July 6, at approximately 8:15 pm Richard Fuentes came to the WFPD and turned himself in on the Aggravated Robbery warrant. He was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 17 year old Richard Alexander Fuentes. Fuentes is WANTED for an Aggravated Robbery that occurred on June 10, 2017, at Auto’s Grocery on Harrison Street. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact us immediately at 940-720-5000 or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888. Fuentes should be considered armed & dangerous.

WFPD Make Second Arrest in Connection to April’s Burglary of a Habitation on Polk

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Katherine Sanders

On Thursday, May 11th, at approximately 3:30 pm, Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department arrested 25 year old Katherine Sanders on a burglary of a habitation warrant.  The warrant stemmed from the April 17th burglary of a habitation that took place in the 300 block of Polk.

Sanders came to the Police Department to speak with Detectives regarding the burglary at which time she was placed in custody and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.

On April 17th at approximately 12:15 pm officers with the WFPD were dispatched to the 300 block of Polk in reference to a burglary.   Upon arrival officers discovered that the resident, an elderly male, walked into his home interrupting a burglary in progress at which time he was struck in the head by one of the suspects prior to them fleeing the scene.

On May 3rd officers with the WFPD arrested Cocshi Najarian Robinson at a local motel in connection with the burglary.

WFPD Arrest Local Man on Multiple Charges to Include Burglary

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Reginald Pope

On Monday, May 8th, at approximately 8:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of Central Freeway to the Fas Pac in reference to a possible disturbance.  Upon arrival officers were advised that 44 year old Reginald Pope had been involved in an altercation with an ex-girlfriend at this location.  Officers then responded to the female’s residence in the 1300 block of Central Freeway in order to check on her welfare.

When officers arrived at her residence they saw Pope inside.  They also located the female and observed marks on her neck and a cut on her right hand.

The victim stated that she was in the bathroom putting on make-up when she heard the front door open and assumed that it was her boyfriend returning from the store with coffee.  Pope entered the bathroom behind her and started arguing with her about her new boyfriend.  She stated that Pope wrapped his arm around her neck and started choking her while he dragged her backwards out of the bathroom and into the living room.

Once in the living room, Pope threw the victim down on the couch and jumped on top of her while punching her in the face and head.  The victim stated that she tried to reach her phone on the couch to call 911, but Pope took her phone and put it in his pocket preventing her from calling for emergency assistance.  She told officers that when she tried to get up Pope started kicking her in the torso.  It was at this time that she heard officers coming up the stairs to her door and that Pope stopped the assault and sat in the chair telling her to be quiet.

Pope was arrested on multiple charges to include burglary of a habitation, family violence and interference with an emergency telephone call.  He was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.

Arrest made in burglary

cocshiCocshi Najarian Robinson was taken into custody on May 3rd at approximately 9 pm at a local motel.  He was wanted in connection with the April 17th burglary of a habitation that occurred in the 300 block of Polk.  Thank you to the hard work and determination of the investigators and everyone involved in the case.

WFPD Warrant Issued for Capital Murder

UPDATE:  Just before 7:00 pm tonight, April 28th, Dustin Hord came to the WFPD in order to turn himself in.  He was transported to the Wichita County jail by WFPD officers without incident………………………

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Dustin Hord

Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Crimes against Persons Unit has issued a Capital Murder warrant for 37 year old Dustin Hord.

The warrant stems from the murder of 60 year old Roger Aliff back in October of last year.

On October 4, 2016 at approximately 7:00 pm an officer with the WFPD was waved down by a subject who wanted to report a man laying on the ground just outside the entrance to Lucy Park in the 2500 block of Terrace.  When officers went to investigate they located Aliff on the ground bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound.

Aliff was transported to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Hord is described as a white male, 5’7″ to 5’8″ and weighing between 160 to 180 pounds.

If you have any information on the location of Hord you are encouraged to contact the WFPD at 720-5000 or if you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.

Woman Arrested After Pouring Gasoline on Boyfriend

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Tawana Brown

On 04-25-17, WFPD patrol officers were flagged down by a male victim at the intersection of Lakefront/Cove. The victim told officers that he was in his nearby residence asleep on the bed when the suspect, 38 year old Tawana Brown, started pouring gasoline on him. He told officers that Brown was standing by the bed with a lighter telling him that she was going to kill him and had also chased him with a crowbar as he was trying to escape. Officers noted that both the victim and the bed that he had been sleeping on smelled of gasoline. Brown was located at the residence in the 5000 blk of Lakefront and arrested for Aggravated Assault Family Violence.