Officer Hit By Vehicle, Suspect Caught

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Crystal Truitt

On 02-22-17, at approx 2:15am, WFPD officers responded to the 2000 blk of Taft in reference to a suspicious person call. Upon arrival, they made contact with 34 year old Crystal Truitt. Truitt told them that she had called police because someone was after her. A family member showed up on the scene in a white Mazda Tribute and Truitt got into the backseat. While the family member was outside of the car talking with officers, Truitt exited the car and got into the driver’s seat and tried to drive off without the owners consent. Officers approached the vehicle and tried to stop her but she would not comply. An officer was able to push on the brake pedal of the vehicle with his hands while Truitt pressed on the gas. The vehicle moved forward and struck the officer but he was able to roll out from under the vehicle to avoid being completely ran over. Truitt led officers on a pursuit until she finally stopped at Kiowa Casino in Devol, Oklahoma and ran inside. One of the pursuing officers made contact with her inside the casino’s main entrance where she was being hostile and aggressive. The officer deployed his taser and Truitt was taken into custody. She was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer and Evading Arrest in a Vehicle.

The injured officer was taken to United Regional where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Couple Arrested for Meth and Warrants Following Traffic Stop

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Dennis Bass & Anya Vanacker

On 02-21-17, at approx 11:56am, WFPD officers made a traffic stop on a white Oldsmobile Alero for speeding in the 2400 blk of Central Freeway. Investigation revealed syringes loaded with a clear liquid and a clear glass pipe with white residue inside the vehicle. The liquid field tested positive for methamphetamine. The driver was identified as 23 year old Dennis Bass. The passenger, who originally gave a false name and date of birth to the officers, was identified as 22 year old Anya Vanacker.  Bass and Vanacker were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG-1 and transported to jail.  Both subjects also had warrants out for their arrest. At the jail, Bass was found to be in possession of methamphetamine on his person during his intake process.  Their charges were as follows:

Dennis Bass:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG-1 > 1g < 4g
  • Warrant – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Warrant – Speeding

Anya Vanacker:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG-1 < 1g
  • Failure to Identify
  • Warrant – Dangerous Drugs

Can You ID?

On 5/18/16 at approx. 0300 hrs two unknown suspects broke the glass door of Elliott Electric with a tool, entered the business and stole several Milwaukee electric tools. If you have any information about the identity of these suspects please contact Detective Hardi at (940) 761-7762 or call CrimeStoppers at (940) 322-9888 and reference case number 16-050967.

Vernon Fugitive Arrested in Wichita Falls

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Carl Venerable Jr

On 01-30-17, at approx 4:50am, WFPD responded to a residence in the 5000 blk of Bayberry to serve several warrants on Carl Venerable Jr.  Venerable was a WANTED fugitive in connection with a 4th of July shooting that occurred in Vernon, Texas.  When officers arrived, Venerable tried to escape by running out the back door but officers were there waiting for him.  He was arrested and booked in on the following warrants:

  • FELONY:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (Wilbarger County)
  • FELONY:  Retaliation (Wilbarger County)
  • FELONY:  Deadly Conduct (Wilbarger County)
  • FELONY:  Failure to Appear (Wilbarger County)

Major crash in the area of I-44 and 287.

South bound I-44 traffic is being re-routed onto Airport Dr due to a major crash under the US 287 overpass over I-44 ( the construction area).  I-44  will be closed temporarily  in this area as the crash is investigated and the scene cleared.  Please avoid the area or plan a different route of travel.  North bound I-44 traffic is moving freely at this time.