WFPD Arrest Man for Aggravated Assault

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Emilio Mendoza

On Tuesday July 30th officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department arrested 22 year old Emilio Mendoza for aggravated assault.

At approximately 2:00 pm officers were dispatched to the area of Cypress and Langford in reference to a possible aggravated assault. Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that Mendoza struck her vehicle, a Chrysler 300, multiple times with the vehicle that he was driving. She described the suspect vehicle as a white sedan.  The victim also stated that Mendoza pulled along side her and pointed a handgun at her.  Mendoza left the scene prior to officer’s arrival.

A record’s check revealed that Mendoza lived in the area of the 1300 block of Central Freeway East.  When officers responded to that area they located Mendoza in a white 1998 Chevrolet Lumina that had front end damage to the driver’s side.  Upon searching the vehicle officers located a 9mm magazine.

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

WFPD Arrest Suspect on Two Counts of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and Burglary

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Steven Oliver

On Wednesday June 5th at approximately 10:50 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a check welfare at a residence in the 1200 block of 35th.  Officers were advised that the suspect had forced his way into the residence and threatened the victim inside with a firearm.

When officers arrived they approached the door of the residence when they heard a male voice tell them not to open the door.  Multiple rounds were then fired out the door. Officers set up a perimeter around the house and attempted to make contact with the suspect.

At approximately 11:18 pm officers were able to make contact with the suspect and get him detained.  He was identified as 23 year old Steven Oliver.

Oliver was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and burglary of a habitation.

No one was injured in this encounter.

WFPD Make Second Arrest In Aggravated Robbery at Local Apartment Complex

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Meredith Lopez

On Monday, June 3rd, at 3:00 pm Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department served an aggravated robbery warrant on 25 year old Meredith Lopez.  The warrant was in connection with a May 16th aggravated robbery that took place in the 5300 block of Professional Drive that resulted in one male victim being shot. Lopez was already in custody at the Wichita County jail for an unrelated drug arrest that took place on May 31st when the warrant was served.

This is the second arrest in this case.  On May 16th Detectives with the WFPD charged 20 year old Khiry Taylor for aggravated robbery.

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Khiry Taylor

On Thursday May 16th at approximately 3:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 5300 block of Professional Drive at Tealwood Apartments in reference to a shots fired called.

Upon arrival officers located a 21 year old male that had been shot multiple times.  The suspect had fled the scene prior to officers arrival and was described by witnesses as a black male in his early twenties, 5 foot 6 inches, long hair on top and short on the side, wearing a red shirt and dark color shorts and carrying a blue bag.  The victim was transported to the hospital by AMR. WFPD Detectives arrived on scene and began their investigation.

At approximately 4:40 pm as WFPD Officers were continuing their investigation into the shooting they conducted a traffic stop on a red Nissan Altima in the 1900 block of Old Windthorst Road.  Upon approaching the vehicle, which was occupied by three individuals, officers detected the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle.  The occupants were removed and identified.  The backseat passenger was identified as Taylor.  A search of the vehicle revealed over an ounce of marijuana which Taylor advised was his.  He was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to the Wichita County Jail.

After further investigation into the shooting WFPD Detectives were able to develop sufficient probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant on Taylor for aggravated robbery.  The warrant was served on Taylor at the Wichita County jail.

WFPD Arrest Suspect in Shooting

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Khiry Taylor

On Thursday May 16th at approximately 3:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 5300 block of Professional Drive at Tealwood Apartments in reference to a shots fired called.

Upon arrival officers located a 21 year old male that had been shot multiple times.  The suspect had fled the scene prior to officers arrival and was described by witnesses as a black male in his early twenties, 5 foot 6 inches, long hair on top and short on the side, wearing a red shirt and dark color shorts and carrying a blue bag.  The victim was transported to the hospital by AMR. WFPD Detectives arrived on scene and began their investigation.

At approximately 4:40 pm as WFPD Officers were continuing their investigation into the shooting they conducted a traffic stop on a red Nissan Altima in the 1900 block of Old Windthorst Road.  Upon approaching the vehicle, which was occupied by three individuals, officers detected the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle.  The occupants were removed and identified.  The backseat passenger was identified as 20 year old Khiry Taylor.  A search of the vehicle revealed over an ounce of marijuana which Taylor advised was his.  He was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to the Wichita County Jail.

After further investigation into the shooting WFPD Detectives were able to develop sufficient probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant on Taylor for aggravated robbery.  The warrant was served on Taylor at the Wichita County jail.

WFPD Make Arrest in Capital Murder Case

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Byron Rickard

On May 1st at approximately 3:30 pm Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department served a Capital Murder warrant on 42 year old Byron Rickard for the murder of 91 year old Ruby Ditto. When the warrant was served Rickard was currently in custody at the Wichita County jail on an unrelated charge.

On April 28th at approximately 4:30 pm Officers with the WFPD responded to a possible robbery in the 200 block of North Beverly.  Upon arrival they observed in the backyard of a residence a female, who was identified as Ditto, being treated by members of the Wichita Falls Fire Department and American Medical Response for a head injury.  Ditto was transported to United Regional Health Care to be treated for the head injuries where she ultimately died from her injuries two days later.

Officers spoke with a witness who stated that early they had seen Ditto speaking with a subject in the backyard.  A few minutes later the witness observed Ditto’s pickup truck leaving the scene.  Shortly after that the witness went outside and observed Ditto on the ground at which time they called 911.

Ditto’s pickup truck was located later that day in the 2100 block of Garfield along with Rickard.  At that time Rickard showed to have a warrant for his arrest for an aggravated assault that had taken place in December of 2018.  Rickard was arrested at approximately 4:15 pm and transported to the Wichita County jail on that warrant.

WFPD Arrest Man for Aggravated Robbery

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Billy Payne

On Monday March 4th at approximately 8:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1800 block of 9th Street to King’s Food in reference to a possible aggravated robbery.

Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that as he was exiting the store when he was approached by a white male who was later identified as 60 year old Billy Payne.  The victim stated that Payne asked for money.  The victim told Payne that he had none to give him and continued to walk away.  Payne followed the victim to the victim’s vehicle at which time Payne displayed a knife and began to wave it around while continuing to approach the victim.  The victim then got into his vehicle, locked the doors and called police.

Officers were able to locate Payne in the parking lot.  He was found to be in possession of a knife.  Payne was placed under arrest and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.  When Payne was searched he was found to be in possession of a usable amount of marijuana.  Payne was charged with aggravated robbery and possession of marijuana.

Two Arrested for Aggravated Kidnapping

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Jesse Olvera

On Sunday, February 17th at approximately 11:35 pm Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1700 block of Grandview W. in reference to a disturbance involving a handgun.

Upon arrival officers spoke with the reporting party who stated that 21 year old Justin Harmon and 20 year old Jesse Olvera had called him from his sister’s phone and advised him that he had 30 minutes to be in Iowa Park or they would kill his sister. The reporting party stated he owed Harmon $500.

Harmon and Olvera went to an address in the 1700 block of Grandview W. to find the reporting party to collect Harmon’s money. Harmon and Olvera arrived at the residence and discovered the reporting party was not there, but the victim was. Harmon and Olvera told the victim to get in their vehicle. Harmon and Olvera displayed a handgun. The victim stated she was in fear for her life and got into the vehicle against her will. It was at this time that Harmon called the reporting party.

Officers contacted the Iowa Park Police Department and made them aware of the situation.  Officers with the Iowa Park PD made contact with Harmon, Olvera, and the victim on Magnolia St in Iowa Park. Officers spoke with the victim and she stated multiple times that she was in fear for her life and that Harmon and Olvera had forced her to drive to Iowa Park.

Both Harmon and Olvera were taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Local Man Arrested for Aggravated Robbery at Target

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Luis Barron

On Tuesday, November 13th, at approximately 9:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4300 block of Kemp to Target for a possible aggravated robbery.  Upon arrival they spoke with a store employee who stated that a subject came into the store and put several items in a shopping cart.  The suspect then displayed a handgun to a store employee prior to walking out of the store without paying for the items. The suspect was last seen walking southbound from the store.

Officers were able to look at security video and observed a suspect vehicle.  A check on the vehicle lead officers to an address in the 4100 block of Weeks Park to the Arbor Creek apartments.  Officers attempted to make contact with the resident.  They observed that the apartment was occupied however no one would open the door, at which time Detectives with the WFPD were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence.

The WFPD SWAT team and Negotiators were called out to assist in the serving of the warrant.  After a brief standoff officers were able to take into custody without incident 31 year old Luis Barron.

He was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated robbery.

Man who robbed local bank found guilty in federal court

Wayne Watson TXDLA jury on Thursday found Wayne Alan Watson guilty of three counts of armed bank robbery, the verdict coming after a three-day trial in the Eastern District of Texas, according to a news release from the court.

Watson was found guilty of robbing the City Credit Union in Gainesville on Oct. 16, the Altra Federal Credit Union in Tyler on Dec. 1  and the Texoma Educators Federal Credit Union in Denison on Dec. 19, according to the court.

Additional robberies in Austin and Wichita Falls in January led to Watson being identified as the serial robber, according to the news release.

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 Wichita Falls Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit identified the suspect during their follow up investigation of the Legend Bank robbery.  The suspect was identified as Watson.  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.

Man Arrested After Stabbing Roommate

blanchard 68On 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.