On Monday, October 9th, at approximately 12:47 am a patrol officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a tan 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche for a traffic violation in the 2900 block of Hamilton. The vehicle was occupied by two females. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 58 year old Vickie Austin. When officers asked Austin for her driver’s license she stated she did not have one.
As officers were doing an inventory of the vehicle prior to having it impounded due to the driver not having a valid driver’s license officers located an open purse in the front seat. Inside the purse officers located a metal rod that is common with drug use along with two glass pipes. A further search revealed cubes of a white substance weighing 4.9 grams wrapped in a small plastic bag, another bag containing a white crystal type substance weighing 1.2 grams, multiple pills and over $1,600.00 in cash. The cubes showed a positive field test for cocaine and the white crystal showed a positive field test for methamphetamine. The pills were identified as Alprazolam which Austin was unable to provide a prescription for.
Austin was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with two counts of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and one count of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group three. The stopped occurred within 1000 feet of Hamilton Park which enhanced the charges due to it being a drug free zone.
The passenger was released on scene.
Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department made multiple burglary arrests over the weekend.
The first occurred on Saturday, October 7th, at approximately 11:15 pm in the 1000 block of Central Freeway at Castaway Cove. Officers responded to this location in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival they located 35 year old Steven Rodriguez and 43 year old Lisa Brumley inside one of the cabanas. There was also a pair of bolt cutters located near where they were. Officers were able to view a security video that showed Rodriguez using the bolt cutters to cut a hole in the fence surrounding the property. Officers also located a wheelbarrow near the fence where the hole was cut containing a water pump and a pressure washer valued at over $6,000.00.
Both Rodriguez and Brumley were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with burglary of a business.
The second burglary occurred on Sunday, October 8th, at approximately 8:00 pm in the 1800 block of 10th Street. Officers responded to this location in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival they located 50 year old Victor Palmer and 48 year old Tammy Neal. Palmer advised that the residence belonged to a family member and he came to check on it. He stated that he found the front door unsecured and due to recent burglaries in the area he took a suitcase full of clothing, a vacuum cleaner, a cart of miscellaneous items, two decorative eagles and stereo equipment for safe keeping.
Officers made contact with the home owner and where advised that no one had permission to be in the residence or to take any property.
Both Palmer and Neal were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with burglary of a habitation.
On Monday, October 2nd, at approximately 2:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a narcotics complaint in the 1200 block of Central Freeway to a hotel room at the Motel 6.
Upon arrival officers knocked on the door to the room. 26 year old Dustin Wachs answered the door and gave officers consent to search the room. Upon searching the room officers located a plastic bag containing a white crystalized substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. It weighed 4.56 grams. Officers also located various drug paraphernalia in the room to include additional bags similar to the one that the narcotics was found in and a glass pipe that is consistent with smoking illegal narcotics. Officers also located over $500 in cash.
Wachs was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.
William Dillard Muirhead
On Wednesday, September 20th, at approximately 11:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of Indian Heights Blvd in reference to a check welfare. While officers were responding they were advised that the home owner had called 911 to report someone had made forced entry into their home.
When officers arrived on scene they observed a broken window and could hear someone yelling for help. Officers rushed inside and discovered the victim bleeding from his head. He was pointing across the room to a male who was lying on the floor. Officers were able to detain and identify the male as 46 year old William Dillard Muirhead.
Officers spoke with the victim who stated he heard the distinct sound of broken glass coming from the downstairs part of the residence. He advised that he called 911 for police assistance and while he was on the phone with 911 Muirhead came upstairs and went into his bed room. The victim advised William then began striking him in the face with both of his closed fists. He stated Muirhead continued the assault by taking the top lid of a toilet tank off and striking him multiple times about the head. It was at that time that officers entered the residence.
Muirhead was acting very erratic and was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation. After being cleared from the hospital Muirhead was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with burglary of a habitation.
On Friday, September 22nd, at approximately 1:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a subject in the 1200 block of Loop 11 who they knew to have an outstanding warrant for their arrest sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Cadillac. Officers detained the subject who was identified as 28 year old Gregory Beeson. In the vehicle with Beeson was 28 year old Dustin Pittman.
Beeson was placed under arrest for the warrant. A search incident to an arrest revealed that Beeson was in possession of two plastic bags that contained a crystal like substance that rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine. The substance weighed 4.2 grams. He was also found to be in possession of numerous pills that were identified as Alprazalom, which he did not have a prescription for.
Officers also spoke with Pittman and when asked if he was in possession of anything illegal Pittman advised that he had a handgun in his pocket. Officers located a .380 handgun in Pittman’s pocket. A records check confirmed that Pittman was a convicted felon therefore, he was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. A search incident to an arrest revealed that Pittman was also in possession of a plastic bag that contained a crystal like substance that rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine. The bag and content weighed 4 grams.
Both Beeson and Pittman were transported to the Wichita County jail where Beeson was charged with his outstanding warrants as well as manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one. Pittman was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.
On August 7th at approximately 3:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department initiated a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Central Fwy on a 2017 Toyota Camry for speeding. When officers approached the vehicle they were able to smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Officers had the driver, 28 year old Jeffery Swain, and passenger, 34 year old Deena Sullivan, exit the vehicle.
While outside of the vehicle Swain told officers that there was a green duffle bag in the vehicle that contained marijuana. Officers searched the vehicle and located in the trunk a duffle bag that had 13 vacuum sealed bags with a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana. Officers also located in the passenger area and console of the vehicle additional marijuana. Total weight was 16.7 pounds of marijuana.
Officers also located marijuana candies and cannabis oil with a total weight of 171.20 grams.
Both Swain and Sullivan were placed into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with possession of controlled substance penalty group 2 >= 4G < 400G and possession of marihuana > 5 LBS <= 50 LBS.
On June 15th at approximately 4:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 3200 block of Harrison in reference to a check suspicious person call. Officers were advised that three males wearing all black were in the area Martin Plaza Park.
When officers arrived they located three males matching the description given in the call at the intersection of Harrison and Berkley. One of the subjects was identified as 18 year Xavier White. A records check revealed that he had numerous warrants for his arrest. He was placed into custody and during a search incident to an arrest officers located a loaded .45 caliber handgun in the front of his waistband with a fully loaded magazine and an additional loaded magazine in his pants pockets.
Officers also identified 18 year Kwamain Martinell as one of the other subjects. He gave officers consent to search him and when he went to stand up a .380 caliber handgun fell out of his pants. Officers discovered that it was loaded with one round and that he had additional live rounds in his pockets.
Neither subjects had a license to carry permit therefore they were both arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
The third subject, a juvenile male, was clear of warrants and when officers were unable to locate a parent or guardian to release him to they transported him to the teen shelter.
On May 2, 2017 at approximately 8:20 pm, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 500 blk of Kemp Blvd for a large disturbance. The officers arrived on scene and determined that the disturbance was due to the mistreatment of a dog by the suspect, Anthony Tyrone Wills. The on scene investigation determined that Wills became frustrated with the animal due to it defecating in the house. Wills assaulted the dog causing internal injuries and broken bones. Wills was arrested at the scene for cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a felony. The dog was turned over to Animal Control Services at the scene.
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 11th at approximately 8:30 pm, officers were on patrol near the intersection of Britain and Avenue E when they observed a vehicle fail to signal a turn. The officers stopped the vehicle and made contact with the occupants. The passenger willingly identified himself as Luis Chavez-Hernandez. A warrants check of Hernandez showed him to have an active warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody at the scene. A search of his person incident to arrest turned up a small plastic baggy containing a white powdery substance. The substance tested positive as Cocaine. Hernandez was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 less than one gram. The charge was enhanced due to being close a city park which is a drug free zone.