Earlier this week the Wichita Falls Police Department reported that 57 year old Wayne Alan Watson was in custody in the Tarrant County jail for aggravated robbery. A federal detainer has now been placed on him for multiple bank robberies across the state to include the Legend Bank here in Wichita Falls.
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 WFPD Crimes Against Persons Unit identified the suspect during their follow up investigation of the Legend Bank robbery. The suspect was identified as Wayne Alan Watson of Fort Worth. 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.
Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department have filed warrants on two suspects for recent robberies that have occurred in the City; 30 year old Justin McMinn and 51 year old Gregory Reynolds.
McMinn is wanted for the aggravated robbery that took place at the Quick Stop on January 28th of this year.
The reporting party stated that at approximately 11:15 pm a subject came into the store located in the 2100 block of Holiday Rd and demanded money while waving brass knuckles. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Reynolds is wanted for the robbery that took place at the Subway restaurant on February 1st of this year.
The reporting party stated that at approximately 3:00 pm a subject came into the store located in the 3700 block of Fairway and demanded money. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of either of these subjects you are encouraged to call police at (940) 720-5000 or if you want to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888.
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.
During the search 57 year old Wayne Alan Watson was located and arrested on an aggravated robbery warrant. The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that was reported to our agency back on November 29th of last year.
The victim called to report that a white male had just entered Carter’s, located in the 3200 block of Lawrence, and demanded money. The victim stated the suspect displayed a handgun. The suspect was able to get an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the scene.
Watson was transported to the Tarrant County jail.
Further charges are pending.
On Monday January 29th at approximately 9:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2100 block of 9th Street to Sonic in reference to an aggravated robbery. The reporting party stated two subjects described as a Hispanic male wearing a blue shirt and jeans and a white male with unknown clothing description came to the store and pointed a silver in color handgun at him and demanded money. The victim stated that they took approximately $58.00 from him and fled on foot.
Officers began searching the area and located two subjects walking in the 700 block of Denver that matched the description of the suspects. As officers approached both subjects began to flee. Officers lost sight of the male in the blue shirt but were able to locate the second attempting to hide behind a trash can in the 1900 block of 8th Street. Officers demanded for the suspect to show his hands, when he refused officers deployed their conducted energy device (Taser) and were then able to get the suspect into custody. The suspect was identified as 17 year old Robert Bustamante.
During a search incident to arrest officers located five .38 caliber rounds in Bustamante’s front left pants pocket along with $58 in cash and a grey Under Armour mask. Inside the trash can that Bustamante attempted to hide behind officers located a backpack that contained a silver in color .38 caliber handgun.
Bustamante was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated robbery and evading. The case is still under investigation.
On Wednesday, January 10th, at approximately 8:58 pm, 28 year old Brandon Alexander Gilleland was transferred from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and booked into the Wichita County jail on a Capital Murder warrant.
On October 4, 2016 officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2500 block of Terrace in reference to a subject that had been shot.
Upon arrival officers located 60 year old Roger Aliff on the ground. He had suffered gunshot wounds. Aliff was transported to the hospital where he later died from those wounds.
WFPD Detectives began to investigate and were able to obtain Capital Murder warrants for two individuals; 37 year old Dustin Hord, who turned himself into police on April 28, 2017 and Gilleland.
Gilleland’s bond was set at $1,000,000.00.
On Monday, November 27th, at approximately 4:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1800 block of Polk in reference to a possible disturbance.
While in route to the call officers were waved down at the intersection of Avenue H and Monroe Street in reference to a 30 year old white male on the ground with a large wound to the top of his head. The victim was having difficulty speaking but advised police that he had been assaulted by unknown suspects. Medical personnel responded to the location and transported the victim to the hospital.
As officers began speaking with witnesses they observed a large rock, a black pocket knife and a tree branch that witnesses stated were used in the assault. Witnesses also provided for police a video of the assault that was taken with a phone.
Officers located a subject in the 1800 block of Polk that appeared to be the same subject that officers saw in the video assaulting the victim. He was identified as 20 year old Casey Green. While officers were talking with Green he admitted to assaulting the victim. Green stated that he had been involved in a disturbance with the victim. Green stated that approximately 8-9 minutes after the victim departed two of his friends, an 18 year old black male and a 19 year old Hispanic male, showed up. Green stated they all went looking for the victim then found him in an empty lot in the 1800 block of Polk St. Green stated that the victim fled and that he had thrown a large rock at the victim and it struck him in the back of his left shoulder. Green stated once they caught the victim in the intersection the three of them began hitting the victim with a tree branch and began kicking him in the head and body. Green stated that there was a crowd forming and they told him they were calling the police and that`s when the suspects fled the scene.
Green was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated assault.
The other suspects in the assault were not located. The case is still under investigation.
Earlier today, members of the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 20 year old James Green in New Orleans on an outstanding WFPD Murder warrant for the murder of Clifton Carr back in August of this year.
On August 27, at approx 6:47 pm, officers were dispatched to the shopping center located at 3146 5th Street (Seymour Hwy) in reference to what was believed at the time to be a possible vehicle accident. Clifton Carr had exited a vehicle in the parking lot at that location and walked into the Little Caesars Pizza where he collapsed on the floor. They immediately called 9-1-1. When officers arrived, they discovered that Carr was bleeding from a gunshot wound. Carr was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery, however he later died from his wounds.
Investigation revealed that Carr had been involved in a disturbance in the shopping center parking lot with James Sherman Green III. During that disturbance Carr was shot and Green fled the scene.
On 11-07-17, at approx 4:20pm, two suspects robbed Western Finance, 1800 Kemp Blvd, at gunpoint and fled the scene in a Ford Mustang. Investigation led to one of the suspects being identified as 21 year old Jehcobi Barnes. Later that night, Barnes was located in an apartment complex on Professional Drive and arrested after a brief foot pursuit. Barnes was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, and several warrants. The Mustang was also located and impounded. The case is still under investigation. If anyone has any information about this crime, including the identity of the other suspect, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.
On Wednesday November 1st at approximately 8:15 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police responded to the 2100 block of Ave H in reference to a subject with a warrant for aggravated robbery. Upon arrival officers located a 16 year old male who had two outstanding aggravated robbery warrants. He was taken into custody without incident. Due to his age his name is not being released.
The warrants stemmed from two recent aggravated robberies that took place. On October 22nd at approximately 10:15 pm two suspects where in the 1400 block of Beverly when they pulled a gun on the victim and demanded his wallet. The suspects then fled the scene on foot with the victim`s wallet. The second was on the same night a few minutes later in the 4100 block of Seymour Hwy. Two armed suspects entered the Eskimo Hut and demanded money. They fled on foot with cash, cigarillos and the victim’s phone.
On Friday, October 27th, at approximately 9:30 pm officers with the WFPD arrested 22 year old Justice Smith in connection with the aggravated robberies.
Today, at approximately 10:50 am, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 2100 block of Avenue H in reference to a subject with a warrant. Upon arrival officers located 17 year old Devin Mullins and placed him into custody on an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery.
The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that was reported on Halloween night, October 31st, in the 900 block of Kemp. According to the victim two males entered the Dollar Saver located at 911 Kemp, displayed firearms and demanded money. The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and some cigars. They were last seen on foot going east on 10th Street.
WFPD Detectives have also arrested two other juvenile males in connection to this offense. Their names are not being released due to their ages.