WFPD Employee Spotlight

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“WFPD Family” Employee Spotlight

We would like to introduce you to Officer Patricia Duncan-Ferguson!

Officer Duncan-Ferguson is a graduate of Hirschi High School and attended Vernon College & Midwestern State University.

Officer Duncan-Ferguson began her career with the Wichita Falls Police Department in 2001, graduating from the 54th police academy. During her time with the department, Officer Duncan-Ferguson has worked in all areas of patrol and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section – Crimes against Property Unit.

Officer Duncan-Ferguson is also a 12 year veteran of the Crisis Negotiation Team.

In her time off she enjoys traveling, singing with her church band and spending time with her family & new granddaughter.

Officer Duncan-Ferguson says that she enjoys being able to solve cases and getting to see the smile on someone’s face when she can tell them that their property has been recovered.

Thank you Officer Patricia Duncan-Ferguson for your service to our city!

Don’t Be a Victim – Lock Your Car

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The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you to please LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE – LOCK your car, TAKE your keys, and HIDE (or remove) your belongings.

Criminals are notorious for targeting unlocked cars that have items such as purses/wallets, electronics, and weapons sitting out in plain view.

LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE only takes a few extra seconds and could save you a lot of money and headache later.

Don’t be a victim!

2 Arrested for Multiple Charges Including Weapons/Theft

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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.

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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.

Traffic Stop Leads to Financial Crimes & Drugs

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On 01-14-20, Officers observed a reported stolen vehicle traveling north in the 4300 blk of Boren Ave.  When the vehicle stopped at the stop sign at Boren and Call Field, the two female occupants got out of the vehicle and switched positions (driver/passenger) and took off again.  The vehicle was stopped in the 3100 blk of Lawrence Rd and the occupants were identified as Taleasha Solomon, age 34, and Trinity Noland, age 35.

During an inventory of the stolen vehicle, several other stolen items were located including a checkbook and more than 50 stolen credit cards.  In addition, a purse was found under the center console, between the two occupants, that contained a pipe, several syringes, and a white powdery substance inside of a plastic baggy.  The white powder field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Solomon and Noland were arrested and charged with the following:

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle – SJF
  • Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information – F/1
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 < 1g – SJF

 

 

Vehicle Burglars Arrested

Ethan HartOfficers had been working a rash of vehicle burglaries on the west side of town involving 3 suspects wearing hoodies with their faces covered. On 11-30-19, in the late evening hours, officers had received some information, via video, that the suspects had been seen in the area of McNiel/Seymour Rd checking on car doors. While officers were searching the area, they were flagged down by a citizen who saw the suspects around Berwick/McNiel. Officers were able to locate two of the suspects, both juveniles, on Berwick just east of McNiel. Both juveniles matched the description from the video. The third suspect, later identified as 17 year old Ethan Hart, was located hiding in the backyard of nearby residence. All 3 suspects were found to be in possession of items that had been taken from vehicles in the area. Hart was also found to be in possession of a handgun. All 3 suspects were arrested for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. Hart was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, and Criminal Trespass.

WFPD Arrest Man for a Stolen Vehicle and Evading

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Anthony Steine

On Wednesday July 31st at approximately 10:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department located a stolen red 2008 Chevrolet HHR in the 5000 block of Lake Park DR.  When officers attempted to conduct a stop on the vehicle the driver refused and began to evade officers in the vehicle.

During the course of the pursuit officers were able to position themselves to deploy spike strips. The vehicle hit the strips but continued to evade until the driver struck a divider on Central Freeway.  The suspect, who was later identified as 30 year old Anthony Steine, exited the vehicle and began to run from officers.  Officers caught up to Steine and placed him into custody in the in the 1700 block of 5th Street.

Steine was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with theft and evading.  He also had an outstanding warrant that was served as well.

WFPD Arrest Two on Burglary Charges

crime-arrestOn Monday, July 22nd, at approximately 8:47 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of 8th in reference to a possible burglary.  Upon arrival officers located a male subject who was later identified as 37 year old Freddy Flores near a storage shed in the backyard of the complex.  When officers arrived Flores began to walk away and appeared to be signaling a second suspect.  Officers were able to detain Flores.

Officers spoke with a witness who stated that they observed Flores and a second suspect kick in the door to the shed and attempt to take a large item which was later determined to be a dehumidifier.  Officers began speaking with the owner of the property who stated that the second suspect who was identified as 27 year old Tommy Romine was in their office and he had admitted to stealing an air conditioner.  Officers located the stolen air conditioner in one of the apartments.

Both Flores and Romine were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident.  Flores was charged with burglary of a building and Romine was charged with burglary of a building as well as burglary of a habitation.

WFPD Arrest Two in Recent Rash of Vehicle Burglaries

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Anthony Bowen

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Destiny Dunbar

The City of Wichita Falls recently suffered a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred on the Southside of the city at numerous apartment complexes. The suspects were targeting unlocked vehicles and taking various items to include checks, passports and debit/credit cards.

Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department immediately began investigating the burglaries and were able to develop multiple leads.  Warrants for 23 year old Anthony Bowen and 23 year old Destiny Dunbar were issued.  Detectives had information to believe that the suspect were in a stolen 2010 Hyundai Elantra and may be in the Archer County area.  Detectives began reaching out to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Early this morning at approximately midnight the two suspects were located in Seymour, Texas and taken into custody for their warrants.

WFPD Detectives began to interview both Dunbar and Bowen at which time they were able to gather information that could lead to the clearing of anywhere between 25 and 50  vehicle burglaries that occurred within Wichita Falls.

Both Dunbar and Bowen were transported to the Archer County jail where they were booked in on the burglary warrants.

WFPD Detectives were able to recover the stolen 2010 Hyundai Elantra along with numerous credit/debit cards and checks.

Additional charges are pending.