On 05-04-20, officers were dispatched to a local residence in reference to a sexual assault. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect, later identified as 51 year old Paul Russell, fleeing the scene in a white camaro. Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop but Russell refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit lasted approximately 33 minutes and covered 26 miles. Officers were finally able to get Russell stopped in the 3900 blk of Fairway. Russell was taken into custody at that point without further incident and a handgun was found in the car. Russell was taken to jail and charged with:
Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
On 04-09-20, while investigating a series of vehicle burglaries nearby (Flo and Carlson area), officers observed 18 year old Jaylon Combs Richardson in the parking lot of the Wal-mart on Greenbriar. Combs Richardson was known to have an outstanding active warrant for Robbery. Combs Richardson was on foot and in the company of another male who was later identified as 19 year old Elijah Grant. When officers approached them, Combs Richardson was apprehended without incident. Grant took off running but was caught.
Combs Richardson was found to be in possession of a firearm that was stolen in one of the nearby vehicle burglaries. He was charged with the following:
- Robbery (warrant)
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon
- Theft of a Firearm
- Possession of Marijuana
Grant was found to be in possession of a firearm that was taken a few days ago in a non-related vehicle burglary. He was charged with the following:
- Evading Arrest
- Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
- Theft of a Firearm.
During this pandemic quarantine, law enforcement agencies across the country are seeing a rise in domestic violence calls. Our agency has a zero tolerance for domestic violence which means that victims will be cared for and offenders will be arrested. Violence is never the answer. We should be working together, not against each other. Here are some resources that are available:
To report a domestic violence emergency, call us by using 9-1-1. We are still here for you!
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
First Step, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer emergency shelter, counseling, empowerment programs, and many forms of advocacy. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the First Step Administrative office is closed to walk-ins but they can still be reached at (940) 723-7799. If you are looking for services, please call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-658-2683. They can still do services such as counseling over the telephone.
There is also a National Domestic Violence hotline available. The number is 1-800-799-SAFE. They can also be reached online at https://www.thehotline.org/help/. Callers to The Hotline can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, online instructional materials, safety planning, and more local resources. There is also an online chat feature on the website offering the same services as the above mentioned phone line.
On Friday, February 28th, at approximately 11:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2700 block of Central Fwy, Walmart, in reference to a disturbance. As officers were responding they were advised that a Hispanic male was attempting to break into the gun cabinet that is located in the sporting goods section of the store. Officers were also advised that the suspect was armed with a baseball bat. At one point officers were told it was a possible active shooter situation.
When officers arrived they located several subjects inside the store that appeared distressed and were telling officers that the suspect was at the sporting goods section. Officers immediately responded to that area where they located a Hispanic male, who was later identified as 38 year old Ken Esparza from San Antonio. Officers observed Esparza holding a bat. The gun cabinet glass was broken and a firearm had been removed. When officers went to place handcuffs on him he began to resist, however they were able to get him into custody without further incident. Esparza first gave officers a false name, but after further investigation they were able to determine his true identity.
Esparza was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, theft of a firearm, resisting arrest, and failure to identify. There were no reported injuries.
** BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIS WANTED SUBJECT **
Thomas Henry Banks, age 24, is wanted for AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. If you have any information about Banks, or know his whereabouts, please call us at 940-720-5000 or call anonymously Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers @ 940-322-9888.
Your information can help bring this fugitive to justice!
All WANTED subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.
Jonathan Morris, age 29, was arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred on Sunday, February 2, in the 2400 blk of 10th Street where a Wichita Falls man was shot multiple times. Morris is currently being held in the Wichita County Jail and bond was set at $300,000.00.
On 02-05-20, Officers were dispatched to the Zoom-In Food Store on Seymour Hwy in reference to a subject, Krystal Gillespie, refusing to leave. In officers presence, Gillespie was barred from the location but still refused to leave. She put her hands behind her back and told officers that they would have to take her to jail. She was placed under arrest for Criminal Trespass.
After the arrest, Gillespie became aggressive and began thrashing her body and tried to pull away from the officers several times. Once under control, she was placed in the patrol car and transported to jail. There, she became aggressive again and began fighting with jail staff biting one of them in the process.
Gillespie was charged with Assault on a Public Servant, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Trespass.
The WFPD Crimes Against Persons Unit have arrested 17 year old Shane Diaz and 18 year old Jiovani Morales in connection to the murder that occurred on January 26 in the 3500 blk of Cumberland. With these arrests, all 4 suspects are now in custody. 18 year old Shaundre Ransom and 17 year old Zaeveion Denson were arrested on February 1st.
Not only did the investigation lead to the arrest of these 4 individuals, but it also led to the recovery of the victim’s personal belongings as well as the murder weapon.
All four suspects are currently being held in the Wichita County Jail.
Early this morning, Saturday February 1st, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department arrested 18 year old Shaundre Ransom and 17 year old Zaeveion Denson in connection with the murder of Carolyn High.
On January 26th WFPD officers responded to a call just before 3:45 p.m. in the 3500 block of Cumberland Avenue where they discovered High’s body lying in a driveway.
The WFPD Crimes Against Persons Unit was called to the scene to begin their investigation.
On January 31st WFPD officers executed two search warrants. Subsequent interviews and follow up investigations lead to two arrest warrants being issued for Ransom and Denson for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity/ Capital Murder.
Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.
On 01-29-20, at approx 1:40 am, officers responded to nightclub in the 1400 blk of Iowa Park Rd in reference to a disturbance.
Investigation revealed that 35 year old Randal Burham had been asked to leave and eventually was escorted out of the club. When Burham got into his vehicle, he tried to run over the employee that escorted him out but hit a concrete pillar instead. He backed up and struck a parked car before unsuccessfully trying to hit the employee again. As he backed up to leave, Burham struck another parked car. Officers located Burham sitting in his car a short distance away and he was arrested and transported to jail.
He was charged with Aggravated Assault and 2 counts of Duty on Striking an Unattended Vehicle – Hit & Run.