Archive | February 2014

Killeen Police Report Increase In Attempted Scams

Killeen Police would like to inform citizens of con artists that have increased their efforts to obtain money from law abiding citizens. There has been an increase of reports to the police department about these types of scams.

An increase this department has seen is a scam where people are receiving telephone calls telling them a family member has been in a serious accident and have been hurt and they need to send money. Another is that a family member is being held and to send money for them to be released. These callers are telling people to send money to another country.

Some things to watch for are letters, faxes, emails and telephone calls from other countries in which you have been named an heir in a will, or your excellent status in the community enables them to contact you for investment purposes. Generally the letter will state that the person writing it is a high-ranking official in the government and there is a surplus in money and they need to put it in another bank outside of their country and for your cooperation they will give you several million dollars. Another form of scam is that someone claiming to represent a long lost relative of yours has died and left you a large sum of money.

Other scams are Lottery scams, Check in the Mail scams and Secret Shopper scams. Citizens are receiving fraudulent checks and money orders in the mail and are asked to deposit these into their bank accounts and send a portion back through Western Union. When these checks are found to be fake the money is then taken from the citizen’s bank account and depleting the account in many instances. Others are asking citizens to send money to fill out loan paperwork. People are receiving phone calls telling them they won a prize for a contest they did not enter. They are then asked to send a service fee to receive the prize. If you did not enter a contest then you didn’t win a contest!

To help prevent you from being a victim you should:

  1. Call the family member immediately who is supposed to be injured or held hostage.
  2. Never give out your personal information to include banking information over the phone.
  3. Do not pay a fee in advance for any money you might have won or inherited.
  4. Shred your personal banking statements and bills instead of just throwing them away.
  5. Contact the police immediately if you are unsure and think this might be a scam.

Remember if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is!

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Announce Temporary Phone Numbers

The Killeen Police Department is having telephone issues at this time. If you have an emergency continue to dial 911 this is not affected. Should you have a non emergency problem please call 254-933- 5525. This number will be answered by the Bell County Communications Office and they will be able to help you until this issue is resolved.

Technicians are working to get this telephone issue resolved but until then this number will be in effect.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Fatal Crash

Killeen Police are investigating a fatal car crash at the intersection of Clairidge Ave. and Canterdury Dr.

 3505 Canterdury Crash

Officers responded to a 911 call telling them a vehicle had just hit a house at the corner of Clairidge and Canterdury Dr. at 9:26pm, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Upon the officers arrival they located a silver 2004 Chevy Tahoe, rolled over onto the driver’s side, in the fenced yard of 3505 Canterdury Dr. The officers located the owner of the residence and found that he was unharmed. They also located the driver of the Tahoe underneath the overturned vehicle and found that he was unconscious and not breathing. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arrived at the scene and pronounced 31 year old Roy Lee Brown of Killeen, deceased at 9:57pm.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Chevy Tahoe was traveling west on Clairidge Ave. at a high rate of speed, when the driver left the roadway colliding with a light pole at the intersection of Clairidge and Canterdury. The vehicle sheared the pole off and continued into the fenced area on the south side of the residence, taking out the fence and hitting the south side of the house. The vehicle then overturned onto its side pinning the driver under the vehicle.

The Chevy Tahoe was reported to be involved in a crash at the intersection of Jasper and Fort Hood St. at 9:21pm; the driver was fleeing the area from that crash just before he was involved in this deadly crash. There were no reported injuries in the hit and run at Jasper and Fort Hood St.

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

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Game Exchange Robbery Suspect

Killeen Police arrest female involved in Game Exchange Robbery.

On Friday, August 2, 2013, at 9:13pm, officers responded to a 911 call telling them the Game Exchange located at 2501 S.W.S. Young Dr. had just been robbed. Upon the officers arrival they learned that two armed black males forced their way into the store when an employee was escorting a female customer out after closing time. The two males forced the employees to the ground after demanding money. The employees heard someone knocking at the back door to the business shortly after the two suspects entered the store; the suspects opened the door to let another black male suspect inside.  Once inside the business the third male led the female customer to the back door and let her out. The three suspects then broke several glass showcases and stole numerous electronic items from within those showcases. The three suspects then fled through the back door.

Detectives continued investigating this robbery and determined that the female customer who was being escorted out the night of the robbery was involved in this incident. A search warrant was executed at the female’s residence in the 3000 block of Blackburn Dr. on Thursday, February 6, 2014 and numerous pieces of evidence involving the female were recovered. The female was taken into custody.

Jessica Elaintrell Smith

Jessica Elaintrell Smith

This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint charging 21 year old Jessica Elaintrell Smith, a Fort Hood Soldier, with Aggravated Robbery. Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin set her bond at $100,000; she is currently in the Bell County Jail.

Further arrests are pending at this time.

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

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Fatal One Vehicle Crash

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating a one vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality in the 6900 block of E. Rancier.

Officers responded to a 911 call from a witness who advised a truck had crashed in the 6900 block of E. Rancier at 11:40pm, on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Upon the officers arrival they were told by the witness that they were behind a 1995 green GMC Sonoma pickup just after 11:30pm, when they saw the truck veer off the south side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected causing the truck to roll multiple times ejecting the driver. The driver was located in the field area and airlifted to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The 23 year old male was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he succumbed to his injuries. Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield pronounced Andrew Scott Anson deceased at 2:33am, Monday, February 3, 2014.

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

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department