KPD Investigates Aggravated Robbery at Dollar General

March 30, 2017

The Killeen Police Department is investigating an aggravated robbery of a Dollar General store.

Killeen Police responded to the Dollar General, located at 3107 E. Stan Schlueter Loop on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 10:02 p.m., after receiving a 911 call telling them the store had just been robbed.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they learned that two male suspects entered the store and demanded money from the clerk.  At least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.  The men then fled the store on foot.

The suspects are described as follows:

1st Suspect is a black male, approximately 5’07” wearing a black hooded shirt, gray pants and white shoes.

2nd Suspect is a black male, approximately 5’07” with a bushy haircut, facial hair, wearing a gray hooded shirt with a black hat, black pants, and black shoes.

The Killeen Police Department Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate this Robbery and information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this robbery to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637.  Text HELP to 274637 for help with the tip or text STOP to 274637 to stop the tip.  Message and data rates may apply. All information is anonymous and confidential; if your tip leads to the arrest of the person involved in this case you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Crash on Interstate Highway 14 – UPDATE

Update:

March 30, 2017

The pedestrian involved in this incident, Darrell Kees, 44 of Katy, Texas, succumbed to his injuries this morning at Baylor Scott and White Hospital.  He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Barfield at 5:17 a.m.  The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this incident.  Investigators are still looking for the driver of the third vehicle involved in this incident.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Killeen Police Department at 254-501-8800 or Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477).

 

March 20, 2017

Killeen Police investigate a late night crash on Interstate Highway 14.

Killeen Police responded to a 911 call in reference to a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11:22 p.m.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a white male lying on the ground near the Trimmier Exit off ramp; he was immediately airlifted to the Baylor Scott and White Hospital in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a white Ford F350 was traveling westbound in the middle lane on IH-14 when the driver noticed a pedestrian attempting to cross northbound on the interstate.  As the driver attempted to change lanes to the outside lane, the left side of her vehicle struck the pedestrian.  A white Chevy Sonic and an unknown vehicle were also traveling westbound in the outside and exit lanes, when the pedestrian was seen in the roadway near the exit ramp.  The pedestrian was struck first by the Chevy Sonic and subsequently struck by the unknown vehicle, which fled the scene. The occupants of the vehicles reported no injuries.

The current condition of the 44 year-old male pedestrian is critical but stable.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and information will be released as it becomes available.

Officers are asking anyone who has information about this crash or the unknown vehicle that fled the scene to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637.  Text HELP to 274637 for help with the tip or text STOP to 274637 to stop the tip.  Message and data rates may apply. All information is anonymous and confidential; if your tip leads to the arrest of the person involved in this case you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Petco Foundation Awards Grant to Killeen Animal

 

Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Killeen Animal Services.

Killeen Animal Services announces it has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support funding that will be utilized to aid the shelter’s ongoing spay and neuter program and the health and care of the animals in need that can be entered into the adoption program.

Killeen Animal Services is a nonprofit municipal organization serving the citizens of Killeen, Texas.  Killeen Animal Services provide a full range of services that begin with the initial capture or owner surrender of animals located within the corporate limits of the city.  Through various programs Animal Services strives to return lost pets to their original owner seek new owners for abandon or stray animals or coordinate with rescue organizations to manage the placement of as many future pets as possible to their new homes.

The Petco Foundation investment will provide a bridge to help new pets owners make responsible choices as they bring home their new family member.  New owners that reside in the Killeen City limits will be issued a voucher to cover the cost for spaying or neutering their new pet and the first rabies vaccination.  This program will help bring the shelter’s name in a positive venue.  Name recognition increases attention and draws more potential pet owners to the shelter.  The program aids the new owners fiscally while supporting the cities spay, neuter and rabies program in a more positive manner to promote adoptions.

The Petco Foundation’s support for our organization, with this grant will allow the animal shelter to provide Citizen’s of Killeen with a way to have their animals spayed or neutered and receive their rabies shot with minimal fiscal impact.

For more information about Killeen Animal Services or the Petco Foundation, visit, http://www.killeentexas.gov/index.php?section=35 or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

The Killeen Animal Shelter was formed in 1975 to meet the needs of the City of Killeen for both animal welfare and the public health. Since opening their doors, they have remained true to their mission in helping all animals in need, regardless of species or breed. At the shelter, they care for and find permanent, loving homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals through adoption and rescue. Their mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical needs, and comfort to all strays animals that were abandoned, neglected or injured and brought to us by the community.  Our ultimate goal is to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for lost or stray animals.  We also seek to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation.

 At the Petco Foundation, they believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, they have invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With their more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, they inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through their Think Adoption First program, they partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, they’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find new loving families, and they’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

For further information about the voucher program at the Killeen Animal Services contact shelter manager, Mr. Ed Tucker at 254-526-4455 or by email – etucker@killeentexas.gov.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

 

 

KPD Investigates a Motorcycle Fatality

Killeen Police Department investigates a fatal motorcycle crash on Rancier.

Officers responded to a 911 call about a crash in the 1400 block of Rancier Avenue, which involved a Hyundai Tiburon and a Suzuki motorcycle on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 11:19 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon was traveling westbound in the inside lane on Rancier Avenue and a 2016 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling eastbound  in the outside lane on Rancier Avenue.  The driver of the Hyundai failed to yield right of way when the driver attempted to turn left onto Alexander Street causing the motorcycle to collide with the vehicle.  The driver of the Hyundai fled the scene on foot before the officers’ arrival.

The 48 year-old male motorcycle rider was transported to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights and subsequently transported to Baylor Scott & White where he succumbed to his injuries.  Justice of the Peace Donald Engleking pronounced 48 year-old Derrick Roy Evans of Killeen, deceased by at 2:20 a.m.

This crash continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Asking Community’s Assistance in Identifying a Robbery Suspect

The Killeen Police Department is asking the community’s assistance in identifying a Robbery suspect.

Killeen Police responded to the 7 Day Food Store, located at 1408 E. Rancier Avenue, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 7:19 a.m., after receiving a 911 call telling them the store had just been robbed.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they learned that an armed male suspect entered the store and demanded money from the clerk; he then fled the store on foot.

The suspect is described as a light skinned black male, approximately 6’ tall and was wearing a gray hooded shirt, a green jacket and blue pants.

 

Detectives are asking if you can identify the suspect in the surveillance video to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3tips App for IOS and Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Make an Arrest in Death of an Infant

UPDATE – March 25, 2017

Killeen Police make Arrest in Death of an Infant

The investigation revealed that the suspect, Zachary Kadetz, had intentionally caused the injuries to the infant.  The Bell County District Attorney’s Office issued a complaint charging 21 year-old Zachary Kadetz with Injury to a Child.  Kadetz was arrested on March 24, 2017 and Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned him and set his bond at $1,000,000. 

 Killeen Police investigate death of an infant.

Officers responded to the 2900 block of Zephyr Road at 8:08pm, on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after receiving a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive and not breathing three month old male infant.  Upon the officer’s arrival, they immediately began performing CPR until Killeen Fire Department Paramedics arrival.  Once the paramedics arrived, they immediately transported the infant to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights and was subsequently transported to McLane Children’s Hospital.  On February 24, 2017, Justice of the Peace David Barfield pronounced the infant deceased at 3:35pm and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The name of the child will not be released at this time.

This case is currently being reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division Special Victims Unit continue to investigate this death and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Shooting at Liberty 6 Motel

Killeen Police investigate a late night shooting at Liberty 6 Motel.

Killeen Police were dispatched to the Liberty 6 Motel located at 526 E. Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard, on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 11:04 p.m., in reference to shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found all parties had fled the scene.  A female gunshot victim was later located at Metroplex hospital and was subsequently transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital. The 23 year-old victim is listed in stable condition.

The suspects are described as a black male wearing all black clothing and a black female wearing all white clothing.

This case continues to be investigated and information will be provided as it becomes available

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this shooting to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS and Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information given is anonymous and confidential, and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this shooting, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Convenience Store Robbery

Killeen Police make Arrest following Robbery at the Fast Times Convenience Store.

Officers responded to the Fast Times Convenience Store located at 3300 E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard, at 6:57 p.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, after learning the store had just been robbed.   As the officers were responding to the Robbery, they were advised of the description of the suspect; an officer who was in the vicinity of the store saw the suspect standing on Veterans Memorial Blvd.    As the officer stopped out on the suspect, a confrontation followed that ended when the officer tased him.  The suspect was able to break away and led officers on a foot chase.  Officers were able to apprehend the male suspect a few blocks away and he was transported to the Killeen City Jail.

The case is currently being reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Conducts a Death Investigation

Killeen Police conduct a Death Investigation on Green Avenue.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Green Avenue on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 6:18 p.m., after receiving a 911 call in reference to a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male juvenile lying on the floor with a gunshot wound.  The officers immediately started to perform first aid until paramedics arrived. The 13 year-old victim was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

The name of the victim has been withheld since he is a juvenile.

Detectives continue to investigate this case and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Looking for a Person of Interest

 

The Killeen Police Department’s Homicide Unit is asking for the community’s assistance in locating Arsenio Joseph Griffin.  He is a person of interest regarding the Homicide that occurred on Tucker Drive on November 9, 2015. 

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The Killeen Police Department is investigating a parking lot shooting on Tucker Drive.

Officer responded to a report of shots fired in the 2800 block of Tucker Drive on Monday, November 9, 2015, at 5:20pm.  As the officers were responding, they were told that a man had been shot in the parking lot of 2814 Tucker.  The officers arrived to find a 31 year old black male suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim, Robert Byrd Jr., was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased by medical authorities at 8:28pm.  Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Arsenio Joseph Griffin to contact Crime Stoppers at 526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the app P3 tips on IOS and Android phones.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this Homicide you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department