On March 21st at approximately 12:58 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 5200 block of Professional Drive in reference to a disturbance.
Upon arrival they observed two males in a verbal argument. Officers separated the two subjects and identified one as 31 year old Christopher Smith. The other subject was a tow truck driver and was there to repossess Smith`s 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.
Officers spoke with the victim who stated he backed up to Smith`s vehicle to repossess it and placed the wheel locks on the back tires of Smith`s vehicle. He then stated Smith came running outside and jumped inside the pickup and started the engine. The victim went on to tell officers that Smith began throwing the vehicle into drive and then reverse, in an attempt to get his vehicle off the wheel locks. While doing this, Smith slammed into the back of the tow truck multiple times.
The victim stated he put his tow truck in park and began to step out. While stepping out, Smith put his vehicle into reverse and struck the back of the tow truck. The victim stated when this happened, he felt a pain in his left knee and hamstring. The victim also stated when Smith`s vehicle rammed the back of the tow truck, the vehicle “Went way up in the air”.
Officers also spoke to witnesses who stated Smith almost hit some bystanders who were on the sidewalk. Smith`s vehicle ended up on the sidewalk and the grass in front of apartment building 5274.
Officers arrested Smith and transported him to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with Aggravated Assault.
On 03-15-17, at approx 11:30 am, Officers responded to the 2100 blk of Clarinda in reference to a suspicious person possibly breaking into vehicles. Officers made contact with the reporting party who advised that she had found a white male in a black coat, carrying a backpack and duffle bag, inside her vehicle while it was in her garage. When she confronted him, he walked off eastbound. While checking the area, officers were waved down by another citizen who stated that there was a strange man sitting in the backyard of another residence a few houses away. Officers located him and he matched the description given by the original reporting party. The male was identified as 25 year old Joshua Jones. Investigation found Jones, not an LTC holder, to have 2 handguns in holsters strapped to his chest/midsection, both with the serial numbers obliterated. Jones was arrested and charged with the following offenses:
- Unlawful Carrying of Weapons (x2)
- Tampering with Identification Numbers (x2)
On 03-13-17, at approx 5:15pm, WFPD officers were dispatched to the 1500 blk of Singleton to back a Game Warden on a traffic stop. The Game Warden had stopped the vehicle for driving erratically and identified the driver as 25 year old Hazel Walden. Following an investigation, the Game Warden arrested Walden and put her in the front seat of his truck for transport. Walden became combative and began smashing her head into the side window. WFPD officers on scene offered to transport Walden since they had a unit designed for prisoner transport. After being moved to the police car, Walden continued to be belligerent by banging her head on the side window and center partition glass. Officers secured the seat belt on Walden and began driving her to the jail. During the transport, Walden again became combative and began kicking the center partition and screaming. The transporting officer pulled over and requested an officer with leg restraints. Other officers arrived to assist and removed Walden from the back seat. She continued to actively resist and ignore commands. During the struggle, Walden bit a uniformed WFPD officer on his arm. Leg restraints were deployed and Walden was transported to jail where she continued to resist and had to be restrained by jail staff. Walden was booked in on the following charges:
- Assault on a Public Servant (WFPD)
- Resisting Arrest (Tx Parks & Wildlife)
- Driving While License Invalid (Tx Parks & Wildlife)
- Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Under 15 (Tx Parks & Wildlife)
On Wednesday, February 22, at approximately 6:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4200 block of Hughes in reference to a possible aggravated sexual assault.
Upon arrival officers spoke with one of the victims who stated that just after midnight while he and a friend were sleeping he was awoken to being hit on the head. The victim stated that a subject, later identified as 33 year old Drew Mathis, was standing over him with a handgun. The victim stated that he saw Mathis sexually assault his friend. After the assault Mathis and the second victim left the residence together.
Through a records check officers learned that Mathis was associated with an address in the 600 block of Sunset. Officers went to the address to locate the second victim and check on their welfare. There was a vehicle in the driveway that was registered to the second victim.
After officers knocked on the door and announced their presence the victim eventually came out. Officers saw the door close immediately behind them and heard the sound of the door being locked.
Officers set up a perimeter on the residence. At approximately 8:15 am Mathis exited the residence without incident and was taken into custody. He was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation and aggravated sexual assault.
On 02-17-17, at approx 12:45am, officers responded to the 1600 blk of 14th Street in reference to a suspicious maroon F150 pickup driving recklessly. Dispatched advised that the vehicle was driving through yards and almost struck a house. Upon arrival, officers observed the vehicle spinning its tires in a driveway. They activated their overhead emergency lights in an attempt to make contact with the driver but the suspect vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. A brief pursuit ensued, approx 4 minutes, around the neighborhood with the suspect vehicle eventually returning to the same driveway in which it started. Officers pulled in behind it preventing it from leaving. The suspect, later identified as 41 year old Antonio Rosales, put the truck in reverse and rammed the police vehicle 3 times as an officer was trying to exit. Other officers were able to approach the suspect vehicle but Rosales would not exit or follow multiple commands. As a result, Rosales was tased and taken into custody. Rosales was charged with the following offenses:
- Aggravated Assault – Public Servant
- Evading Arrest/Detention – Vehicle
- Driving While Intoxicated
On February 15th at approximately 3:40 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to a possible disturbance at a residence in the 1600 blk of 31st St. Upon arrival contact was made with the victim. The victim stated he had been assaulted by the suspect who had fled the area on foot. The suspect, later identified as Clara Glasgow, was located and detained in the 2900 blk of Holliday Rd. As the officer spoke with the suspect he noticed that she was nervous and clinching tightly on a purse in her possession. Glasgow gave consent to search the items in her possession. During the course of the search approximately 0.4 grams of Methamphetamine was located along with some drug paraphernalia. Glasgow was arrested for possession of Methamphetamine and issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On February 15th at approximately 10:30 am an officer observed a red Ford Explorer parked within 25 feet of a stop sign at the intersection of 6th and Denver. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle and the driver was identified as Bryce Roberts. As officers spoke with Roberts they discovered inconsistencies in his story, Bryce was asked to step out of the vehicle. At that time, officers on scene called for a K-9 unit for the vehicle. The K-9 unit arrived and alerted on the vehicle and a search was conducted. During the course of the search, a .22 caliber handgun was located inside the vehicle along with loose pills classified as dangerous drugs and controlled substances. Roberts was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of controlled substance in penalty group 3..
On Thursday, February 9th, at approximately 3:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2700 block of Southwest Parkway to the Wells Fargo bank in reference to a possible forgery in progress.
Upon arrival officers spoke with a bank employee who stated that a subject, later identified as 20 year old Yaw Ferkah-Ahenkorah of Chickasha, OK, came into the bank and attempted to deposit three fraudulent checks totaling $283,000.00. Officers detained Ferkah-Ahenkorah.
Ferkah-Ahenkorah advised police that college friends from the University of Science and Arts gave him the checks to deposit. He stated that he came to the bike trails in Wichita Falls when a friend told him to go deposit the checks at Wells Fargo.
After further investigating it was determined that Ferkah-Ahenkorah had earlier attempted to deposit two other fraudulent checks totaling $440,000.00 at the Wells Fargo bank located on Kell East.
Ferkah-Ahenkorah was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with Forgery.
On 02-06-17, at approx 1:15pm, WFPD officers were dispatched to the area of 14th/Grace in reference to a stolen Chevrolet Pickup. The victim observed a black male driver and a hispanic male passenger steal his truck from a garage in the 300 blk of Indiana. The victim was able to use a second vehicle to follow the suspects. The suspects tried to get away from him but were unable to do so. Both suspects jumped out of the running truck in the 1600 blk of 14th Street and ran into a residence where they were later found by officers, one of them hiding in a closet. The suspects were identified as Justice Smith, age 20, and Joseph Jimenez, age 21. Both were arrested for Theft over $2500 under $30000. In addition, Smith was charged with Failure to ID and Resisting.
Casey Ironshell – 34
On 01-21-17, at approx 9:00am, WFPD officers were dispatched to the Subway on Seymour Hwy in reference to an aggravated robbery where a male suspect pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. After the robbery, the suspect fled the location on foot and ran west toward an adjacent motel. Officers in the area saw a man matching the suspect description and detained him. The suspect was identified as 34 year old Casey Ironshell. Ironshell was in possession of a realistic looking handgun that turned out to be a BB gun and rolls of coins from the Subway. In addition, officers were able to positively identify Ironshell as the robbery suspect by the Subway surveillance video. Ironshell was arrested for the Aggravated Robbery. During the arrest, Ironshell was very uncooperative and resisted arrest. He even broke the back window of a police vehicle. Once Ironshell arrived at the jail, he was charged with the following crimes:
- Aggravated Robbery
- Resisting Arrest
- Criminal Mischief
- Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 – Methamphetamine