WFPD Arrest Two on Narcotics and Weapon Charges

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Gregory Beeson

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Dustin Pittman

On Friday, September 22nd, at approximately 1:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a subject in the 1200 block of Loop 11 who they knew to have an outstanding warrant for their arrest sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Cadillac.  Officers detained the subject who was identified as 28 year old Gregory Beeson.  In the vehicle with Beeson was 28 year old Dustin Pittman.

Beeson was placed under arrest for the warrant.  A search incident to an arrest revealed that Beeson was in possession of two plastic bags that contained a crystal like substance that rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine.  The substance weighed 4.2 grams.  He was also found to be in possession of numerous pills that were identified as Alprazalom, which he did not have a prescription for.

Officers also spoke with Pittman and when asked if he was in possession of anything illegal Pittman advised that he had a handgun in his pocket.  Officers located a .380 handgun in Pittman’s pocket.  A records check confirmed that Pittman was a convicted felon therefore, he was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm.  A search incident to an arrest revealed that Pittman was also in possession of a plastic bag that contained a crystal like substance that rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine.  The bag and content weighed 4 grams.

Both Beeson and Pittman were transported to the Wichita County jail where Beeson was charged with his outstanding warrants as well as manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.  Pittman was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.

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National Coffee with a Cop event to be held at local McDonald’s.

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On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 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. The event will be held at the McDonald’s at 4035 Southwest Pkwy from 8 am until 9:30 am

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for members of the community to ask questions and learn more about their department. It allows for relaxed interactions where citizens can feel comfortable voicing concerns or asking questions. So come on out drink some coffee and strike up a conversation with the police officers.

WFPD Arrest Two on Narcotic Charges

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Shannon Mitchell

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Christopher Payne

On September 21st at approximately 2:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed two subjects looking over the back fence of a residence in the 1400 block of Monroe.  Due to recent burglaries in the area officers spoke with the subjects who identified themselves as 36 year old Rodney Payne and 42 year old Shannon Mitchell. Payne’s true identity was later discovered to be Christopher Payne.

Both subjects were carrying backpacks and consented to a search at which time officers located 3.6 grams of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia to include digital scales on Payne and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, 11.5 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia to include small plastic baggies and a digital scale on Mitchell.

Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail.  Payne was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one, failure to identify and possession of drug paraphernalia along with an active warrant that he had.  Mitchell was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

edgett 31On 09-19-17, just before 9pm, Officers were dispatched to a possible theft at the Family Dollar on Brook. Their investigation led to a traffic stop at 11th/Holliday where the driver was identified as 31 year old Cheyenne Edgett. Records check confirmed that Edgett had a warrant out for her arrest. During the arrest, she was found to be in possession of 0.3 grams of Methamphetamine. Edgett was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1.

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotic Arrest

IMG_1454On Tuesday, September 12th, at approximately 8:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu in the 2800 block of US 287.

The driver was identified as 39 year old Eva Valasquez and the passenger was identified as 25 year old Andrea Benavidez.

During the course of the stop officers located a .380 caliber handgun along with 66.41 grams of methamphetamine.

Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.

Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information

Cyber-Security-2The Wichita Falls Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit is wanting to make sure everyone is aware of a recent cyber attack against one of the leading consumer credit reporting agency and steps that you can take to help ensure that your identity is protected.

According to Equifax, “on July 29, 2017, Equifax discovered that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm which has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted. Equifax also reported the criminal access to law enforcement and continues to work with authorities. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.”

To see if you were possibly affected click here and follow the instructions.

For further information regarding this you can visit the Equifax information page by clicking here.

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