Archive | December 2016

KPD Investigates Homicide on 56th Street

Killeen Police conduct an early morning Homicide investigation on S. 56th Street.

Killeen Police responded to the 300 block of S. 56th Street on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at 6:15am, after receiving a call about a male who was thought to be sleeping in the front yard of a residence.  Upon the officers arrival they located a deceased black male in the front yard of the caller.  Donte Javon Samuels, a 22 year old Killeen resident, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 7:03am; he ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this death to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the app P3 tips for IOS and Android phones.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

The Criminal Investigations Division, Homicide Unit continues to investigate this case; information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Deceased Person

On December 22, 2016 a citizen called the Killeen Police Department around 6:15 am to report a male subject was possibly sleeping in his front yard in the 300 block of N. 56th St.  Officers arrived and discovered a deceased, unidentified black male in the caller’s front yard.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the male deceased at 7:03 am and ordered an autopsy.  The cause of death is still under investigation.

No further information will be released until the autopsy results are received.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this investigation 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 tips may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Asking for Assistance Finding a Missing Woman

Killeen Police are asking for the community’s help locating a missing woman.

A family member of 20 year old Salyn Mariah Dianne Tharpsun, reported to officers that her sister was last seen at the Lone Star Inn located at 409 S. 2nd Street, at approximately 2:00am, on October 25, 2016, leaving the area in a pickup truck with an unknown Hispanic male.  Last contact with Salyn was about an hour prior; however, every attempt made to reach her on her cell phone has failed.

Salyn Mariah Dianne Tharpsun is a black female with brown eyes, 5’9” tall and weighs 250-290 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt and full length black spandex/polyester bootcut leggings/yoga pants.

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Detectives are asking if anyone knows the whereabouts of Salyn Mariah Dianne Tharpsun to contact the Killeen Police Department at 254-501-8830.

The Criminal Investigations Division Homicide Unit continues to investigate this case and information will be provided as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Needs Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

Killeen Police need help identifying burglary suspects.

Officers filed a report in reference to a burglary on Friday, November 25, 2016, at 610 East Central Texas Expressway.  The victims told officers that they left their room at 10:40 am that morning and when they returned, at 9:40 pm, they immediately noticed several of their items missing.  Detectives are asking if anyone can identify the people in the attached photos.

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If you know the identity of the any people in these photos or the people responsible for this burglary, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the free P3 app for IOS and Android and give anonymous tips that way.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Tina Amerson
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies Victim of Bonnie Drive Homicide

UPDATE – December 12, 2016

The shooting victim from the Homicide in the 1300 block of Bonnie Drive has been identified as 41 year old Jason Francisco Munayco, of Killeen.

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

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident 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 crime you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Homicide on Bonnie Drive

Killeen Police Investigate Homicide on Bonnie Drive.

Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Bonnie Drive at approximately 11:11pm, on Friday, December 9, 2016, after receiving a 911 call in reference to shots fired. Upon the officers’ arrival they located a male victim with a gunshot wound.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the 41 year old victim deceased at 12:24am, on Saturday, December 10, 2016; he ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The name of the deceased has been withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident 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 crime you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Crash on Trenton and Willowsprings

Killeen Police investigate crash in the area of Trenton and Willow Springs Drive.

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Officers responded to the area of Willowsprings and Trenton, after receiving 911 calls advising a pickup truck ran into a parked 18 wheeler trailer.    The officers arrived to find a gold Dodge Ram pickup partially pinned under an 18 wheeler trailer and the lone occupant was unable to get out.  The Killeen Fire Department arrived and immediately assessed the situation and began working to free the driver from the pickup.  Two wreckers were summoned to assist with lifting the trailer and pulling the pickup from underneath.  Once the vehicle was removed the firefighters worked quickly to free the driver; the paramedics worked from their arrival to make sure the driver was in good condition as he continued to be conscious and alert.  Once he was removed from the vehicle, he was transported by ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in stable condition with non life threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Dodge pickup was traveling northbound in the 1100 block of Willowsprings Road when for unknown reasons, the male driver failed to maintain a single lane leaving the roadway on the east side, hitting a guide wire for a utility pole, hitting a sign for the apartment complex, hitting a gas meter and traveling north through the field area and finally coming to a stop under the stationary 18 wheeler trailer, pinning the driver inside.

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

 

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Star Mart Burglars

Killeen Police arrest early morning burglary suspects after short pursuit.

Officers responded to the area of Watercrest and Robinett on Sunday, December 04, 2016, at 4:46am, after receiving a 911 call from a resident who heard a loud noise and saw a large opening in the front of the Star Mart Convenience Store located at 4402 Watercrest Drive.  The caller saw several subjects running from the inside of the store with stolen merchandise.  They saw the suspects get into a silver pickup and flee the area.  The officers arrived and searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

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Approximately 30 minutes later, officers received another call from the owner of the Star Mart located at 5504 Bunny Trail.  He told them his alarm went off and he has video of several suspects who broke into the business and were stealing items from the store.  The suspects also were attempting to steal the ATM from inside the store; the suspects were in a silver pickup.  Officers were responding to the store and saw an occupied silver Chevrolet Malibu sitting near the area where the burglary was taking place.  An officer saw the Malibu flee the area at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop the vehicle.   When the vehicle refused to stop a pursuit ensued; the vehicle eventually stopped in the area of Trimmier and Stan Schlueter but three black males fled on foot from the vehicle.  Officers gave chase and were able to arrest one suspect, a 20 year old black male, in the 1100 block of E. Stan Schlueter, the other two suspects, a 25 year old black male and an 18 year old black male, were apprehended in the 5100 block of Trimmier Rd.    Officers also arrested the 32 year old black female, who was driving the Malibu and her 16 year old son, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

 

After further investigation, officers located the suspect vehicle, a silver Ford F250, in the 5100 block of Imperial Eagle Drive and it was determined the pickup was stolen Saturday evening from the 100 block of W. Central Texas Expressway.   Evidence from both Star Mart burglaries was also located in the pickup as well as the Malibu.

 

The three adult males and the adult female were transported to the Killeen City Jail.  The juvenile male was transported to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.  The names of the adult suspects have been withheld pending formal charges have been issued by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office some time on Monday, December 5, 2016.  The name of the 16 year old male will not be released due to his age.

 

 

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Needs Help Identifying Suspect

Killeen Police needs help identifying a suspect who is seen using a stolen credit/debit card that was taken during a burglary of a vehicle.

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A vehicle was burglarized in the 9000 block of Zayden Drive on Wednesday, October 19, 2016,  and the victim’s wallet was stolen.  The suspect who broke into the vehicle then used a credit/debit card from the wallet several times at local businesses.  Detectives are asking if anyone can identify the person in the attached photo who was seen using the victim’s credit/debit card at a convenience store.

 

If you know the identity of the suspect responsible for this burglary/credit/debit card abuse, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the free P3 app for IOS and Android and give anonymous tips that way.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

 

 

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department