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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
On Thursday, May 17th, at approximately 10:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 block of Broad at the Stripes store in reference to a possible disturbance. A white male wearing a blue shirt and tan pants was reported to be assaulting a female at that location.
While responding to the call officers were advised that City of Wichita Falls workers were following the suspect down Bluff St. Officers located the witnesses and the male suspect, who was later identified as 38 year old John Antee, in the 1600 block of Bluff. Antee was holding a gold beer can in his hand.
The witnesses advised that they were driving down 14th St. when they observed Antee assaulting the female clerk at the Stripes so they followed him and called police. Officers went back to the store where they spoke to the victim. She advised she was working at the store when Antee came in. She saw him grab a beer and put it in his pocket. She told him to put it on the counter. He said he did not have anything and walked out of the store. The victim followed him outside at which time Antee hit the victim on the side of the head.
Antee was placed under arrest and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with robbery.
On April 2nd at approximately 11:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 3600 block of Maplewood to Parks Place Apartments in reference to a possible aggravated robbery. While in route to the call officers were advised that a Hispanic male wearing a blue long sleeve shirt and shorts had just taken some items from the victim’s vehicle and threatened him with a hammer.
Upon arrival officers located two males, one of whom matched the description of the suspect, standing outside. When the Hispanic male saw police he began to walk away. Officers detained the subject who was later identified as 21 year old Alexis Rodriguez-Maldonado.
Officers spoke to the victim who stated that while he was inside his apartment he heard a loud banging sound coming from outside. The victim looked outside through his window and observed Rodriguez-Maldonado inside his vehicle, a blue 2015 Chrysler 200, taking items out. The victim went outside to confront Rodriguez-Maldonado. When he confronted him, the victim stated that Rodriguez-Maldonado threatened to hurt him with a hammer that he had in his hand.
The victim observed Rodriguez-Maldonado take items from his vehicle and run back to his apartment which was directly behind the victim`s apartment. The victim stated while on the phone with dispatch, Rodriguez-Maldonado came back out of his apartment without the stolen items or the hammer. It was at this point that officers arrived on scene.
Officers spoke to a witness who stated that they observed Rodriguez-Maldonado inside the victim’s vehicle. The witness also stated that they observed Rodriguez-Maldonado threaten the victim with a hammer.
Officers arrested Rodriguez-Maldonado and transported him to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with aggravated robbery.
On Wednesday March 14th at approximately 4:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 1600 block of 11th Street to the URHCS in reference to a Crime Stoppers tip that they received regarding a subject with an aggravated robbery warrant.
Upon arrival officers located 51 year old Gregory Reynolds. A records checked confirmed that Reynolds had an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery. He was taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.
The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that took place at the Subway restaurant, located in the 3700 block of Fairway, on February 1st of this year.
The reporting party stated that at approximately 3:00 pm a subject came into the store and demanded money. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
On Tuesday, March 6th, at approximately 10:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2004 black Chevrolet Suburban at the intersection of Brook and Kell West. The driver, later identified as 48 year old Steven King, refused to stop and began to accelerate in an attempt to evade police.
A short vehicle pursuit ensued down Speedway to Kell East. King continued to flee east on Kell to Harding Street. King eventually exited the vehicle near Holliday creek and began running on the trail that runs along the creek. The vehicle continued to roll through a fence and came to a rest in Holliday creek.
Officers continued to pursue King and observed him through down a handgun, which was later recovered. Officers were able to catch up to King in the 900 block of MLK. After a brief struggle officers were able to get King into custody.
King was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with evading, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence and duty upon striking a fixed object.
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.