On Monday, October 29th, at approximately 4:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a silver Chrevrolet Malibu in the area of Southwest Pky and Barnett Rd. The vehicle was occupied by the driver who was identified as 29 year old Brandie Allen. The front seat passenger first identified herself as 26 year old Anna McLaughlin but it was later determined that her real name was Anna Pierce.
A records check revealed that both subjects had warrants for their arrest. Both subjects were placed into custody for the warrants.
Due to the fact that the warrant Allen had for her arrest was a narcotic related warrant a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search officers located inside the center armrest of the vehicle a clear plastic bag that contained a white crystal like substance that rendered a positive result when field tested for methamphetamine. The total weight of the substance was 12.3 grams.
Both Allen and Pierce were transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were booked in on their outstanding warrants and for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one. Pierce was also charged with failure to identify.
The Wichita Falls Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit would like to inform people of the dangers of a re-packaging Identity Theft scam.
An individual(s) will compromise the victim’s identity and begin to purchase items in their name. Often times they will have the items that were fraudulently purchased shipped to the victim’s address. The suspects will then track the packages and when they are delivered/left at the victim’s home the suspect(s) will then simply go up and take the packages. Often times the victim will never know their identity has been compromised until it is too late.
If you believe that you are the victim of identity theft or have any information regarding possible suspects involved in identity theft you are encouraged to contact the WFPD at 720-5000.
You can get a free credit report by going to FTC.gov – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports?utm_source=takeaction
You can also file an identity theft report at https://www.identitytheft.gov/?utm_source=takeaction
This is a serious situation which occurs on a daily basis all over the United States. Take it seriously and check your information.
It’s almost Halloween and that means kids will be out Trick-or-Treating. Here are some safety tips to help make the night more enjoyable for everyone:
On Tuesday, October 23rd, at approximately 12 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 1600 block of 32nd in reference to a subject with an aggravated robbery warrant. Upon arrival they located 30 year old Dekendra Manuel. The warrant was confirmed and she was placed into custody.
The warrant steams from an aggravated robbery call that WFPD officers were dispatched to on July 5th of this year at approximately 2:15 am in the 300 block of North Scott at the Haystack. Upon arrival the victim stated that Manuel became upset with her for filming someone who was there. Manuel attempted to take the phone away from the victim. When Manuel was unable to get the phone the victim stated that Manuel struck her in the head with a beer bottle and began to assault her. The victim suffered lacerations to her head that required medical treatment. Manuel fled the scene prior to officers arrival.
Manuel was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident and was booked in on the aggravated robbery warrant.
On Monday, October 22nd, at approximately 2:10 pm an officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a subject who he knew to be 35 year old Justin Randall in the 1600 block of 12th Street. The officer knew Randall had recently been listed on the Crimes Stoppers Texoma’s Most Wanted list. A records check on Randall revealed that he had 11 outstanding warrants for his arrest, to include multiple assault charges.
When additional officers arrived on scene they attempted to take Randall into custody for his warrants at which time he began to fight with officers. After a physical struggle officers were able to get Randall into handcuffs. As he was being placed into a patrol vehicle Randall kicked one of the officers in the chest. While transporting Randall to the Wichita County jail he kicked out one of the backseat windows of the vehicle.
Once at confinement Randall was booked in on the 11 warrants and was also charged with resisting arrest, assault on a public servant and criminal mischief.
Around 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 1927 Wichita Falls Police Motorcycle Officer Hugh S. Fuller was en route to a vehicle accident at Ninth and Broad streets. Just one block from the accident scene he struck the side of a motorist making a turn in the intersection of Ninth and Bluff streets. The motorist was en route to the hospital to see his seriously ill wife. He accompanied the injured officer to the hospital. Officer Fuller died one hour later at 3:00 p.m. at Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital. He was 20 years old.
Officer Fuller had been a night patrolman and had transferred to the motorcycle unit several weeks earlier. He had been a well known motorcycle racer since he was a teenager and had won many awards. Officer Fuller’s wrecked motorcycle was placed in the lobby of the police station for many years.
Officer Fuller was survived by his wife, Sallie, and his parents. They had a daughter born on August 5, 1927 who died two days later. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls.
May we never forget.
Recently, some local residents have received a phone call from someone claiming to be a “detective” from our agency. The “detective” is phishing for information and the caller ID is showing 940-720-5000, which is our non-emergency number. However, we want you to know that no legitimate call will ever come from our agency showing that number. If you receive a similar call, please do not give the scammers any information and hang up the phone.
If you feel that you have already been a victim of this scam, please call our Financial Crimes Unit at 940-761-7762.
The 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 4th Quarter FY 2018 (July – September 2018) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 81
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 231
Speeding – 426
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 13
Other Violations – 147
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 8
Hours Worked – 350.5
Miles Driven – 2,721
The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats for the fiscal year starting at October 2017 and going through September 2018
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 322
Child Safety Seats – 17
Intersection Violations – 769
Speeding – 1,809
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 45
Other Violations – 527
Arrests – 9
Vehicles Impounded – 34
Hours Worked – 1,386.1
Miles Driven – 10,948
The WFPD is currently participating in FY 2019 Comprehensive STEP Grant, which runs from October 1, 2018 through September 30th, 2019.
Come on out tomorrow October 5th from 8 am to 9:30 am to Frank & Joe’s Coffee House located at 2919 Bob Ave in Parker Square to celebrate national Coffee with a Cop week. Meet officers with your department, drink coffee, ask questions and build relationships.