KPD Investigates Murder on Phoenix Drive

June 9, 2018

Killeen Police Investigate a Murder on Phoenix Drive.

On Saturday, June 9, 2018 at approximately 2:44 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Phoenix Drive after receiving a 911 call about a cardiac victim not breathing.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a non-responsive, 29 year old female suffering from multiple wounds. Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown pronounced the female deceased at 3:20 p.m. and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

This case is currently under investigation and information will released when it becomes available. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Murder, 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 or Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Tina Amerson
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Seek Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

On Friday, June 1, 2018, officers responded to a residence in the 3800 block of Kevin Shaw Drive in reference to a burglary of a habitation that had occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, May 29th.

The residents were out of town during the time of this burglary, however images of suspects were recovered from the home’s security system.  The homeowner’s video appears to reveal that, at approximately 1:02AM, three light skinned black male suspects exited a dark colored sedan that had parked down the street, and approached the victim’s house ultimately entering the garage and taking several items of property.

 

 

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Burglary Unit, are asking anyone who has information about this Burglary 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 Burglary, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Killeen Police Department Investigates a Fatal Motorcycle crash on Bridgewood Drive

On Friday, June 1, 2018, at 9:52 p.m., Officers responded to a 911 call in reference to a crash involving a car and a motorcycle, in the 5200 block of Bridgewood Dr.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on Bridgewood Dr., when the driver of a 2014 Jaguar backed without safety onto the roadway from a private driveway; resulting in the motorcycle to colliding with the back right quarter panel of the vehicle.  The impact caused the rider of the motorcycle to be ejected and collide with a parked vehicle in the southbound lane of Bridgewood Dr., with the rider eventually coming to a rest in the roadway.  The victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The operator of the motorcycle, 54 year-old Haywood J. Stricklen, was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical authorities at 10:37 p.m.

This crash continues to be investigated by the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Shooting on Sissom Road

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, at approximately 8:33 a.m., officers were notified that a female suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest was dropped off at Metroplex Hospital.  The 31 year-old victim was subsequently airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting incident occurred in the 800 block of Sissom Road.   The victim and a female suspect were involved in a verbal altercation about the use of a vehicle, when the suspect produced a handgun.  The two females began to struggle over the keys and the handgun, when the handgun discharged, striking the victim.

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On Friday, June 01, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and a complaint was returned charging 38 year-old Nazeema Nicole Augustin with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. Augustin was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set her bond at $100,000.  Augustin will be transported to the Bell County Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Participates in Operation Chill

This summer, Killeen Police Officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice “tickets” to good kids in Killeen. For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven® is working with local police to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to children and youth through its popular Operation Chill® community-service program.

During 2018, up to 1.4 million Slurpee coupons will be issued to almost 1,100 law enforcement agencies; more than 1,100 of those will be distributed in Killeen, most during the summer months and back-to-school season.

Officers will be looking for kids who might be helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community.  Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smiling kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

“We are always looking for ways to help our officers build strong relationships in the community,” said Chief Charles Kimble. “Operation Chill makes it easy to interact with kids in a positive way.”

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Robbery at a Local Restaurant

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, officers responded to a 911 call at approximately 11:00 a.m. in reference to a robbery at the Wiso Phat Burger restaurant located at 421 Liberty Street.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told two males approached two employees, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. The suspects then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The first suspect is described as a heavy-set black male, approximately 6’1”-6”2” and was last seen wearing a bright orange and yellow headscarf.  No information was provided on the second suspect.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, 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.  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 Aggravated Robbery, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police investigate a Robbery at the Splawn Ranch Travel Center

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, officers responded to a 911 call at approximately 1:14 a.m. in reference to a Robbery at the Splawn Ranch Travel Center located at 10640 S. Ft. Hood Street.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told a male entered the store, displayed a knife and demanded money. The male then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male with a dark colored beard, in his 20’s, approximately 5’09” and weighing approximately 160 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a beanie, a black jacket, black pants and gray shoes.  The suspect fled in a small light colored 4-door SUV with a sun roof and luggage rack on top, and a spare tire on the rear hatchback.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, are asking anyone who has information about this Aggravated Robbery 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 Aggravated Robbery, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

CORRECTION – Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Root Avenue

CORRECTION – April 25, 2018

The name of the deceased is 35 year-old Otto Owen-Palacios Hernandez. 

On Monday, April 23, 2018 at approximately 6:32 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Root Avenue after receiving a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a non-responsive male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown pronounced the victim, Otts Hernandez deceased at 7:53 p.m. and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Homicide, 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 or Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous.  If your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Special Projects/Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department