WFPD Make Second Arrest in Connection to April’s Burglary of a Habitation on Polk

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Katherine Sanders

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.

WFPD Arrest Local Man on Multiple Charges to Include Burglary

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Reginald Pope

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.

Officers catch car burglar

tatum1On May 1st, a witness observed a red Camaro parked at a business located in  the 2800 blk of Jacksboro Hwy.  The vehicle appeared to have been damaged and ransacked.  The witness gave an accurate description of the suspect which enabled the responding officers to locate him walking in the 2600 blk of Jasper.  The victim vehicle owner was contacted and gave a description of some of the property missing from inside the vehicle.  The suspect, identified as Steve Randall Tatum, was searched and the stolen property described by the victim was found in his possession.  Tatum was arrested for burglary of a vehicle and transported to jail.

Woman Arrested After Pouring Gasoline on Boyfriend

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Tawana Brown

On 04-25-17, WFPD patrol officers were flagged down by a male victim at the intersection of Lakefront/Cove. The victim told officers that he was in his nearby residence asleep on the bed when the suspect, 38 year old Tawana Brown, started pouring gasoline on him. He told officers that Brown was standing by the bed with a lighter telling him that she was going to kill him and had also chased him with a crowbar as he was trying to escape. Officers noted that both the victim and the bed that he had been sleeping on smelled of gasoline. Brown was located at the residence in the 5000 blk of Lakefront and arrested for Aggravated Assault Family Violence.

Witness Alerts Police When They See Child’s Hand Sticking Out of the Back of a Moving Truck

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Dustin Sisk

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Hannah Maland

On Saturday, April 15th, at approximately 4:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 5100 block of Greenbriar in reference to a check welfare.  Officers were advised of a yellow Penske moving truck that was in the area that had what appeared to be a child’s hand sticking out of the cargo area. The reporting party stated that they were behind the truck on US 287 and followed it to Walmart in the 5100 block of Greenbriar.

Upon officers arrival they located the vehicle and identified the driver of the vehicle and his wife as 32 year old Dustin Sisk and 24 year old Hannah Maland.  When asked if there was anyone in the cargo area of the vehicle Sisk stated that their two sons, ages 5 and 7, were back there due to there not being enough room in the cab.

Officers observed in the cargo area of the truck several heavy items that could have fallen on the children.  Officers did not see any food or water and the reported temperature at the time was 84 degrees.  The only source of ventilation was an opening approximately four to six inches.

Both Sisk and Maland were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with two counts of Endangering a child.  During the course of the investigation officers also located less than two ounces of marijuana in the center console.  Sisk stated that it was his.  He was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Child Protective Services were notified and they took custody of the two children who were found unharmed.

Local Man Arrested for Burglary: Caught with Toy Gun

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Francisco Esparza

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.

Suspect arrested for possession of Methamphetamine.

murraycollageOn April 1st, at 1:06 pm an officer observed a subject standing in the front yard of a residence in the 900 blk Stratford.  From prior encounters, the officer knew the subject to be David Michael Murray and that he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.  The officer made contact with Murray and placed him under arrest for the warrants.  A   search of Murray’s person revealed approximately 0.4 grams of Methamphetamine in his possession. Murray was arrested for the outstanding warrants and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1, under 1 gram, Methamphetamine.

Suspect Charged with Aggravated Assault on Repo Man

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Christopher Smith

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.

Suspicious Person Arrested on Weapons Charge


Joshua Jones

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)

Woman Arrested For Multiple Charges Including Biting Officer After Traffic Stop

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Hazel Walden

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)