WFPD Arrest Man for Aggravated Robbery

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Billy Payne

On Monday March 4th at approximately 8:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1800 block of 9th Street to King’s Food in reference to a possible aggravated robbery.

Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that as he was exiting the store when he was approached by a white male who was later identified as 60 year old Billy Payne.  The victim stated that Payne asked for money.  The victim told Payne that he had none to give him and continued to walk away.  Payne followed the victim to the victim’s vehicle at which time Payne displayed a knife and began to wave it around while continuing to approach the victim.  The victim then got into his vehicle, locked the doors and called police.

Officers were able to locate Payne in the parking lot.  He was found to be in possession of a knife.  Payne was placed under arrest and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.  When Payne was searched he was found to be in possession of a usable amount of marijuana.  Payne was charged with aggravated robbery and possession of marijuana.

WFPD Hosts an Active Shooter Training

CRASE LOGO WFPDThe Wichita Falls Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training on Wednesday March 13th at 6:00 pm at the Public Safety Training Center located at 710 Flood St.

The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Along with the CRASE training the WFPD will also cover current Texas State laws pertaining to gun ownership.

The class is free and open to anyone.  If you are interested in attending please click here and fill out the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Coffee with a Cop this Friday.

coffee-with-a-cop1Members of the community are invited to attend the
Coffee with a Cop event this Friday, February 22nd from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at McDonald’s, located at 1412 Holliday St. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and meet the officers that serve the community.
 
We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers. These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

Two Arrested for Aggravated Kidnapping

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Jesse Olvera

On Sunday, February 17th at approximately 11:35 pm Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1700 block of Grandview W. in reference to a disturbance involving a handgun.

Upon arrival officers spoke with the reporting party who stated that 21 year old Justin Harmon and 20 year old Jesse Olvera had called him from his sister’s phone and advised him that he had 30 minutes to be in Iowa Park or they would kill his sister. The reporting party stated he owed Harmon $500.

Harmon and Olvera went to an address in the 1700 block of Grandview W. to find the reporting party to collect Harmon’s money. Harmon and Olvera arrived at the residence and discovered the reporting party was not there, but the victim was. Harmon and Olvera told the victim to get in their vehicle. Harmon and Olvera displayed a handgun. The victim stated she was in fear for her life and got into the vehicle against her will. It was at this time that Harmon called the reporting party.

Officers contacted the Iowa Park Police Department and made them aware of the situation.  Officers with the Iowa Park PD made contact with Harmon, Olvera, and the victim on Magnolia St in Iowa Park. Officers spoke with the victim and she stated multiple times that she was in fear for her life and that Harmon and Olvera had forced her to drive to Iowa Park.

Both Harmon and Olvera were taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Beware of Tax Scams

taxscams+irsIt’s that time of year again and tax time is fast approaching.  With that it mind the scammers will be out in full force attempting to steal your money and identity.

Scammers  will  try  to convince you to pay them money for owed taxes or requesting payment (money up front) for a tax return.  They may even ask for personal information to “verify” your identity so they can complete their offer to help.

Like before, scammers are going to use threats such as you have a warrant for your arrest and the police are coming to get you, or they are watching your house.  These are all false and should be reported to the police and  IRS as soon as possible.

Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.

The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Local McDonald’s to host Coffee with a Cop event.

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On Friday, February 22nd,  officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

All  members of the community are invited to attend. The event will be Friday, February 22nd  from 7:30 am to 8:30 am  at McDonald’s, located at 1412 Holliday St. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about their department and officers.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public occur  during emergencies, or emotionally stressful times. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may even feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers.  These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

 

WFPD Bags BBQ Belt Bandits

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Shawn Hankins

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Michael Lewis

Today at approximately 10:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of 13th to Prine’s BBQ in reference to a possible aggravated robbery.

Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that a white male wearing a grey hooded sweater with tattoos on his neck came into the business and displayed what he believed to be a handgun and demanded money.  The victim advised that they did not have any to give him.  The suspect then fled the scene on foot with another white male who was described as wearing a green jacket.

A witness told officers that two males matching the description of the suspects were seen running into a vacant house near 13th and Burnett. Officers responded to an address in the 1300 block of Burnett and located two subjects matching the suspect descriptions.  One of the subjects who was identified as 39 Year old Shawn Hankins told officers, “I tried to rob Prine’s.”  The second suspect was identified as 44 year old Michael Lewis.  Hankins stated to police that he had rolled up a belt and placed it in his waist band to appear as if it were a handgun.

Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with aggravated robbery and criminal trespass.

WFPD Arrests Man for Threatening His Neighbor With Dogs and a Shotgun

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Michael Scanlin

On Monday, February 4th, at approximately 3:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of Sunset in reference to a disturbance.  Upon arrival officers spoke to the victim who stated that a neighbor, who was later identified as 18 year old Michael Scanlin, threatened to attack the victim with dogs and a shotgun.

The victim stated that he had a heated argument with his neighbor, Scanlin.  Scanlin and another subject went inside Scanlin’s residence only to return outside a few minutes later with their large dogs.  The victim said that Scanlin and his friend walked the dogs into the middle of the street in front of his house while threatening to let them loose on him. The victim said that he had two dogs himself who ran off of the porch and he had to grab them.

The victim advised police that he felt threatened by Scanlin so he grabbed a large flashlight and walked out into his yard to defend himself. That`s when Scanlin ran back across the street to his residence and got a shotgun. Scanlin began waiving the shotgun around threatening to kill the victim.

While speaking with officers Scanlin made the comment that he told the victim to come out to the street and fight.

Scanlin was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with aggravated assault.

WFPD Proudly Celebrating Black History Month

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WFPD Officers Jessie Mathis and Willard Boyd displaying trophies they earned from a regional shooting competition.

The men and women of the Wichita Falls Police Department proudly celebrates Black History Month.   We salute all the brave men and women that came before us for their actions that contributed to the advancement of our nation’s history.

We take this time to remember the service of two of Wichita Falls finest; Officers Jessie Mathis and Willard Boyd.

Officer Mathis was the first African-American Police Officer for the WFPD.  He graduated from the 4th WFPD Police Academy in April 1958.

Officer Willard Boyd graduated from the 5th WFPD Police Academy in October 1958.

Join us as we remember both of these Officers for their fine service and sacrifice to this community.

WFPD Releases 2019 1st 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 1st Quarter FY 2019 (October – December 2018) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 68
Child Safety Seats – 6
Intersection Violations – 83
Speeding – 438
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 19 
Other Violations – 152
Arrests – 6
Vehicles Impounded – 14
Hours Worked – 307.5
Miles Driven – 2,513