Ticket Scam Alert

scam-alertThe Wichita Falls Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit would like to remind people to be cautious when purchasing tickets to special events and recreational parks online.  The old adage, ‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” is always a good reminder.

When purchasing tickets online from a third party and not an official vendor it is a case of “Buyer beware.”  The tickets may be fraudulent and you run the risk of the tickets not being accepted by the venue you are trying to enter.

If you do decide to purchase a ticket from a third party remember that a physical ticket is always better than a digital one.  Fraudulent digital tickets and codes can be easily reproduced.

Be careful in how you make any purchase from an unauthorized ticket seller.  Never give the seller access to your personal financial account information.  And, if you meet in person do so in a public place and bring a friend with you.

WFPD Arrest Suspect for Aggravated Assault

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Lashenda Mitchell

On July 20th at approximately 11:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 800 block of Flood in reference to subject that had been struck in the head with a brick.

Upon arrival they located the victim who stated that 34 year old Lashenda Mitchell came to their residence and began throwing bricks through the window of the residence.  When the victim went outside to see what was going on Mitchell threw another brick striking the victim in the head causing a cut around the victim’s left eye.  Mitchell fled the scene prior to officer’s arrival and went to the area of Juarez and Humphreys where she got into a second altercation.

Officers responded to the intersection of Juarez and Humphreys for a disturbance in which the driver of a 1997 Grey Honda Accord was hitting a 1999 gold Toyota Camry that was parked in the area.  Witnesses at the scene stated that the driver of the Accord struck the Camry multiple times with their vehicle and then exited the vehicle and began breaking the windows of the Camry with a baseball bat.

Officers arrived on scene and located Mitchell at which time they were able to take her into custody without incident.  She was transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with aggravated assault.

Both disturbances are under investigation and further charges could be filed.

WFPD Releases 2017 3rd Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter FY 2017 (April – June) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 107
Child Safety Seats – 2
Intersection Violations – 240
Speeding – 566
Other Violations – 196
Arrests – 9
Vehicles Impounded – 13
Hours Worked – 419.8
Miles Driven – 3,531

WFPD Arrest Local Man for Aggravated Assault

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Carlos Lopez

On July 16th at approximately 6:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Austin in reference to a disturbance. While in route to the call officers were advised that a Hispanic male wearing a yellow shirt and jeans was attempting to stab another Hispanic male.

Upon arrival officers located a subject matching the suspect description.  He was detained and identified as 58 year old Carlos Lopez.  When officers asked if he had a knife with him he told them that he had a box knife.  Officers located a gray handled box cutter in Lopez’ pocket.

Officers then made contact with the victim who stated that he was in the process of moving from one apartment to another when he was approached by Lopez who had a gray handled box cutter with the blade open in his hand and made threats to cut him.

Lopez was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated assault.

Two Arrested for Meth Possession

On 07-11-17, at approx 6:32am, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 blk of N. 8th in reference to a male and female being on the property of a vacant house that they had been evicted from previously. When officers arrived, they found the subjects, 39 year old Angela Everman and 39 year old David Murray, sitting on the back porch. Officers observed a glass pipe with a bowl at one end with burn marks on it next to Everman and Murray was actively trying to conceal two small baggies that contained a clear crystal substance. Both subjects were detained and the crystal substance tested positive for methamphetamine (0.23 grams).

Everman and Murray were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 in a Drug Free Zone (Scotland Park).

At the jail, Everman was found to be in possession of more methamphetamine (0.36 grams).

Children Left Alone In Vehicle, Arrest Made

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Kentea Luckey – 23

On 07-10-17, at approx 1142 hrs, Officers were flagged down in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Greenbriar in reference to children being left alone in a vehicle. Officers located the vehicle and found it to be unlocked and running with 4 small children, all under the age of 6, inside without supervision. Officers could not feel any cool air coming from the a/c and one of the children was sweating. Investigation revealed that 23 year old Kentea Luckey was responsible for the children and he had left them alone for approx 18 minutes while he was inside the store.

Luckey was arrested for 4 counts of Abandoning or Endangering a Child and transported to jail. Luckey was also found to have 4 arrest warrants.

Car Wash Damage Leads To Arrest

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Jonathan Crain – 35

On 07-10-17, Officers were dispatched to the Quick & Easy Car Wash, 2305 Kemp, in reference to criminal mischief. Upon arrival, officers discovered severely damaged vacuums and trash scattered on the property (damage was valued at approx $3500). Video surveillance provided a description of the suspect that caused the damage and officers were able to locate him walking in the 2400 blk of Taylor. The suspect was identified as 35 year old Jonathan Crain. Crain was also found to be in possession of various pills in a baggie with no prescription. He was arrested and transported to jail and charged with:

Felony Criminal Mischief o/$2500
Possession of a Controlled Substance PG3 (2 counts)

Water Park Theft Leads to Arrests

On 07-08-17, just after 2pm, officers were dispatched to the Wayfarer Motel, 600 Central Frwy E, in reference to recovering stolen property. Upon arrival, contact was made with the victim who stated that earlier in the day he had filed a theft report after his backpack was stolen from Castaway Cove Water Park. The victim stated that his bag contained many items, including 3 cell phones, and that one of the phones was pinging in room 244 at the Wayfarer. Officers were able to make contact with the subjects in room 244 and they matched the description of the theft suspects provided by water park personnel. The suspects were identified as Shawn Kea, age 25, and Kaitlyn Stroud, age 23. Investigation led to the recovery of all of the victim’s property (minus some cash). Both Kea and Stroud were arrested for Felony Theft and transported to jail.

WFPD Continues to Encourage Citizens to Lock Their Vehicles

tlhThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles.

Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.

  • Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
  • Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
  • Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
  • Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
  • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

WANTED SUBJECT

fuentesUPDATE: On Thursday, July 6, at approximately 8:15 pm Richard Fuentes came to the WFPD and turned himself in on the Aggravated Robbery warrant. He was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 17 year old Richard Alexander Fuentes. Fuentes is WANTED for an Aggravated Robbery that occurred on June 10, 2017, at Auto’s Grocery on Harrison Street. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact us immediately at 940-720-5000 or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888. Fuentes should be considered armed & dangerous.