On June 19th at approximately 10:45 am Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 500 block of Lamar at the Juvenile Detention Center where they served arrest warrants for theft of a firearm on two juvenile males that were currently in custody. The juveniles were in custody on other unrelated charges.
The theft of a firearm charge stemmed from a vehicle that was broken into in the 4500 block of McNiel between the evening of June 6 and the morning of June 7th. During that same time frame there were multiple vehicles broken into in and around the 4500 block of McNiel.
Detectives are still investigating and further charges are possible.
The WFPD would like to remind everyone to “Lock, Take, Hide.” Lock your car, Take your keys and Hide your belongings.
The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles.
Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.
- Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
- Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
- Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
- Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
- Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.
There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.
On June 5th at approximately 3:30pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Buick Roadmaster in the 100 block of Whitfield. The driver of the vehicle identified himself as Kiante Green, however officers were familiar with the subject and knew him to be 20 year old Jamel King. A records check on King revealed that he had eleven confirmed warrants for his arrest to include burglary of a habitation. King was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.
The burglary warrant stemmed from a case that officers responded to on October 26, 2016 in the 1300 block of Giddings. The victims stated that sometime that evening between 8:00 pm and 11:30 pm unknown suspects made entry into their residence and stole several items to include a TV, clothing and a phone.
During the course of the investigation WFPD Detectives were able to gather enough probable cause to have two warrants issued; one for Jamel King and a second for 32 year old Wyketa Murray. Murray was arrested on the warrant back on November 23, 2016 when she was seen by officers in the 2500 block of Seymour Hwy. Officers knew Murray to have the outstanding warrant.
On June 1st at approximately 7:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1600 block of 32nd to the Woodview Apartments in reference to multiple burglarized vehicles where various items were stolen to include a firearm, stereo equipment, tools and cash.
While officers were on scene investigating, the suspect in the burglaries, 20 year old Brayden Sims, returned to the property at which time witnesses alerted officers. Officers located Sims next to his truck, a black 2000 Chevrolet 1500. Sims was detained and witnesses on scene identified him as the suspect in the burglaries.
Sims was found to be in possession of a gun holster that was stolen from one of the vehicles. While officers conducted a search of his vehicle they also located a clear bag with a green leafy substance in the center arm rest. The substance field tested positive for marijuana. It weighed .38 ounces.
The stolen items were recovered to include the handgun and Sims was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with ten counts of burglary of a vehicle, possession of marijuana and theft of a firearm.
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.
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.
This morning, at approximately 12:30 am, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 4800 block of Brookdale in references to possible shots fired.
Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that she was inside her apartment with her boyfriend when she heard the sound of glass breaking. When she went to investigate she saw 28 year old Lonisha Jones standing outside of her apartment yelling at her to come outside and making threats to assault her. The victim stated that her boyfriend went outside to confront Jones at which time Jones made attempts to climb through the broken window while continuing to make threats to harm the victim. Jones was heard saying that she was going to come back and shoot up the apartment.
Officers located Jones at Mistletoe Drive and Dennis Boulevard. Jones was placed under arrest and transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with burglary of a habitation.
On March 11, 2017 at around 7 pm the suspect stole a bank bag while at a local grocery store. The bag was inadvertently left in the shopping cart while the victim was at the United Super Market on Iowa Park Rd. The cart was collected and returned to the entry way of the store by an employee. The suspect selected the cart containing the bank bag, concealed it and promptly left the store. The suspect is described as a Hispanic female 55 to 65 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, medium build with brown hair. She was last seen getting into a black in color 4 door sedan which was parked in handicapped parking. If you have any information about this crime call the Wichita Falls Police Department at 940-761-7792.
On April 4th at approximately 5:50 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a possible burglary of a habitation in the 2100 block of Ave E. Officers were advised that the suspect had just walked into the residence, took a rifle and then fled the scene in a beige Chevrolet Impala.
Officers located and stopped the suspect vehicle in the 2100 block of Ave E and identified the driver as 35 year old Francisco Esparza. Officers saw in plain view what appeared to be a rifle laying across the center console of the vehicle. Upon further inspection of the rifle it was determined to be a toy.
Officers spoke to witnesses on scene who advised that they saw Esparza go into the residence after he had been told him that no one was home. The witnesses stated that they saw Esparza exit the residence with the rifle at which time they notified police.
Officers were able to make contact with the home owner who advised that they did not know Esparza and at no time did they give him permission to be in their residence.
Officers placed Esparza in custody and transported him to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with burglary of a habitation. It was also discovered that Esparza was driving on a suspended license and therefore he was also charged with driving while license is suspended.
On 12/31/16 around 6am this suspect vehicle driven by an unknown suspect entered the football field at City View High School. The suspect attempted to drive circles on the field and caused extensive damage to the artificial turf. If you have any information about the identify of the vehicle or suspect please call Crime Stoppers at 322-9888 or Detective Paul Hardi at 761-7762.