On Wednesday July 31st at approximately 10:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department located a stolen red 2008 Chevrolet HHR in the 5000 block of Lake Park DR. When officers attempted to conduct a stop on the vehicle the driver refused and began to evade officers in the vehicle.
During the course of the pursuit officers were able to position themselves to deploy spike strips. The vehicle hit the strips but continued to evade until the driver struck a divider on Central Freeway. The suspect, who was later identified as 30 year old Anthony Steine, exited the vehicle and began to run from officers. Officers caught up to Steine and placed him into custody in the in the 1700 block of 5th Street.
Steine was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with theft and evading. He also had an outstanding warrant that was served as well.
On Tuesday July 30th officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department arrested 22 year old Emilio Mendoza for aggravated assault.
At approximately 2:00 pm officers were dispatched to the area of Cypress and Langford in reference to a possible aggravated assault. Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that Mendoza struck her vehicle, a Chrysler 300, multiple times with the vehicle that he was driving. She described the suspect vehicle as a white sedan. The victim also stated that Mendoza pulled along side her and pointed a handgun at her. Mendoza left the scene prior to officer’s arrival.
A record’s check revealed that Mendoza lived in the area of the 1300 block of Central Freeway East. When officers responded to that area they located Mendoza in a white 1998 Chevrolet Lumina that had front end damage to the driver’s side. Upon searching the vehicle officers located a 9mm magazine.
Mendoza was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated assault.
LT Walter Tommy Collins
Lieutenant Walter Tommy Collins was shot and killed while assisting other officers responding to a call involving a man firing a rifle at construction workers.
He and two other officers were wounded by the gunfire. Lieutenant Collins was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to three 99 years prison terms.
Lieutenant Collins had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother.
On Monday, July 22nd, at approximately 8:47 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of 8th in reference to a possible burglary. Upon arrival officers located a male subject who was later identified as 37 year old Freddy Flores near a storage shed in the backyard of the complex. When officers arrived Flores began to walk away and appeared to be signaling a second suspect. Officers were able to detain Flores.
Officers spoke with a witness who stated that they observed Flores and a second suspect kick in the door to the shed and attempt to take a large item which was later determined to be a dehumidifier. Officers began speaking with the owner of the property who stated that the second suspect who was identified as 27 year old Tommy Romine was in their office and he had admitted to stealing an air conditioner. Officers located the stolen air conditioner in one of the apartments.
Both Flores and Romine were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident. Flores was charged with burglary of a building and Romine was charged with burglary of a building as well as burglary of a habitation.
The City of Wichita Falls recently suffered a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred on the Southside of the city at numerous apartment complexes. The suspects were targeting unlocked vehicles and taking various items to include checks, passports and debit/credit cards.
Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department immediately began investigating the burglaries and were able to develop multiple leads. Warrants for 23 year old Anthony Bowen and 23 year old Destiny Dunbar were issued. Detectives had information to believe that the suspect were in a stolen 2010 Hyundai Elantra and may be in the Archer County area. Detectives began reaching out to surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Early this morning at approximately midnight the two suspects were located in Seymour, Texas and taken into custody for their warrants.
WFPD Detectives began to interview both Dunbar and Bowen at which time they were able to gather information that could lead to the clearing of anywhere between 25 and 50 vehicle burglaries that occurred within Wichita Falls.
Both Dunbar and Bowen were transported to the Archer County jail where they were booked in on the burglary warrants.
WFPD Detectives were able to recover the stolen 2010 Hyundai Elantra along with numerous credit/debit cards and checks.
Additional charges are pending.
The WFPD would like to remind you to Lock Your Car, Take Your Keys, and Hide/Remove Your Belongings! A large majority of the vehicles burglarized are being left unlocked and thieves are checking door handles stealing everything from stereos and electronics to purses and guns. It only takes a few seconds to remove a weapon from your vehicle and secure it elsewhere so that it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands.
WFPD Crime Prevention Specialist Officer Jeff Hughes says, “Most of the guns that are being reported stolen from a vehicle burglary are from unlocked vehicles. These guns are falling into the hands of the thieves and being used in other, more violent crimes. My advice would be to never leave an unsecured gun, or any other valuable item, in a vehicle. By removing them, you eliminate the criminal’s opportunity.”
Whether you are home for the night, out shopping, or just running a quick errand, please remember to Lock, Take, and Hide!!!
So far, over 10,000 Wichita Falls residents have joined the Wichita Falls Police Department on Nextdoor.com to get to know their neighbors and to take a stand against crime. Are you one of them? If not, please visit http://www.nextdoor.com and sign up. It’s free and simple. Iphone and Android apps are also available.
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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 3rd Quarter FY 2019 (April – June 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 69
Child Safety Seats – 4
Intersection Violations – 63
Speeding – 403
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 15
Other Violations – 171
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 305.5
Miles Driven – 2,500