Happy Halloween from the WFPD

WFPD HalloweenThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween.  Here are some safety tips to help make the night more enjoyable for everyone:

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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

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Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

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Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

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Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

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Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

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Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

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Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

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Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

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Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

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Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

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Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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WFPD Arrest Subject for Aggravated Assault

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Casandra Fleeks

On Thursday, October 26th, at approximately 2:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 900 block of Humphreys in reference to a possible aggravated assault.  Prior to their arrival officers were advised that a female had stabbed the victim multiple times.

Officers located the victim, a 25 year old black female, in the 300 block of Bailey with visible open wounds on her shoulder and chest. The victim advised she was dropping off 38 year old Casandra Fleeks at a residence on Humphreys when a verbal argument began. Fleeks demanded to be dropped off in front of the residence rather than down the street. The victim attempted to help Fleeks out of the vehicle due to her being highly intoxicated. The victim advised Fleeks pulled out a silver in color pocket knife, opened the blade and began swinging it at her. The victim started backing away from Fleeks when she was struck with the knife on the left shoulder. Officers observed an open wound on the victim’s shoulder.  According to the victim Fleeks continued swinging in the victim`s direction striking her in the chest and the right hand with the knife causing open wounds.

Officers located Fleeks in the 900 block of Humphreys and placed her into custody.  She was transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with aggravated assault.

The victim’s wounds were non-life threatening.

Halloween Safety: Sex Offender Compliance Check

halloween-safetyThroughout the year the Wichita Falls Police Department conducts local sex offender compliance checks to ensure all offenders are in compliance with their court orders.  This includes home visits.  The purpose of the check is to confirm that all registered sex offenders are in compliance with their court orders, to include residing at their reported address. There are currently 188 registered sex offenders inside the Wichita Falls city limits. Some of these offenders are currently on probation and the Probation Department performs their checks as well.

You can find a list of registered sex offenders in your neighborhood at http://bit.ly/1pZsjJG

Be safe this Halloween by planning your child’s route and knowing where they are at all times.

Man Arrested For Burglary, Property Recovered

turkett 44In August, a burglary occurred at a business in the 2000 blk of E. Scott. During the burglary, a trailer containing approx. $5000 worth of property including a zero turn mower, was stolen. Detectives worked the case and were able to identify 44 year old Cory Turkett as the suspect. Detectives were also able to recover the trailer and the property.

All this tied to a later trailer theft that occurred in September in the 2900 blk of Sheppard Access Rd. During the investigation of the previous case, detectives learned that Turkett was trying to sell a trailer that matched the trailer stolen from Sheppard Access Rd.

Detectives with the Property Crimes Unit and the Tactical Unit were able to set up a meeting with Turkett to purchase the stolen trailer. During the meeting, Turkett was arrested and the trailer was recovered.

Further investigation led to the recovery of a stolen trailer and 4-wheeler utility vehicle that had been stolen from a location in Vernon, TX.

Virtual Kidnapping Scam Hits Local Couple

download.pngOn 09-08-17, a local husband and wife had separately been contacted by “kidnappers” alleging that the other had been kidnapped. The kidnappers were making monetary demands and the couple, who could not reach each other, were frantically trying to meet those demands. Both were found safe and no kidnapping had ever taken place.

Investigation discovered that they had become victims of a scam known as a “virtual kidnapping”. In this scam, victims are contacted over the phone by scammers who are attempting to manipulate them into believing their loved ones have been kidnapped – in an attempt to quickly extort ransom payments.

Be aware and do not fall for this type of scam. If you receive such a call, contact your relative immediately to ensure his or her safety and then call police.

Deadline to Apply to be a Wichita Falls Police Officer is Friday, September 9

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“A career in Law Enforcement will provide you with years of opportunity for personal and professional development, community involvement and the ability to have a positive role in the safety and security of your fellow citizens.” -WFPD Training Unit

CLICK HERE TO APPLY – ONLINE APPLICATION

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT

Application Deadline-09/09/17

Testing Date- 09/23/17

For more information, please visit wfpdnow.com or wfpd.net/hire

WFPD Officers Respond to Hurricane Harvey Area

PicMonkey CollageOur thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by Hurricane Harvey and it’s aftermath. Two of our own, Captain Scott Vaughn and Officer Joseph Anderson, have responded to the area as part of the Incident Management Team to provide support and render aid to those in need. We would like to thank them for their service and pray for their safe return.

We also just received word that Officer Reginald Lewis is being called up by his Naval Security Forces Unit to respond to the DFW area to assist with Harvey evacuees. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayer as well.

Murder Warrant Issued For James Sherman Green III

WANTED GREENUPDATE: The suspect and driver of the suspect vehicle are still actively be by sought by police. The two female witnesses mentioned in the original post below have been located and interviewed. However, video obtained by police show several other unknown people in the area of the incident that left without speaking to us. We are asking anyone that was one scene during or after this incident that have not yet been interviewed to please come forward.

UPDATE 2:  The suspect vehicle has been located.

On 08-27-17, at approx 6:47pm, officers were dispatched to the shopping center located at 3146 5th Street (Seymour Hwy) in reference to what was believed at the time to be a possible vehicle accident.  Clifton Carr (03-17-97, age 20, B/M) had exited a vehicle in the parking lot at that location and walked into the Little Caesars Pizza where he collapsed on the floor.  They immediately called 9-1-1.  When officers arrived, they discovered that Carr was bleeding from a gunshot wound.  Carr was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery.  At 3:55am this morning, Carr passed away.
Investigation revealed that Carr had been involved in a disturbance in the shopping center parking lot with James Sherman Green III (07-01-97, age 20, B/M) over a drug transaction.  During that disturbance, Green shot Carr and fled the scene.  It is believed that Green fled in a dark blue sedan driven by an unknown female.

An arrest warrant for Murder has been issued for James Sherman Green III in reference to this incident.  Green should be considered armed and dangerous.

In addition to Green and the unknown female driver, we are also searching for 2 female witnesses that were possibly in the vehicle with Carr when this incident took place.  Both females left the scene prior to speaking with police.

If anyone has any information about this case or any of the people involved, they are asked to contact us at 940-720-5000 or call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.