Archive | April 2018

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

Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Root Avenue

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
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Warn Public about Phone and Internet Scams

The Killeen Police Department General Crimes Unit is asking local residents to be aware of several different telephone and internet scams that are scamming residents out of thousands of dollars.   We have noticed an increase in several of these scams in the last few weeks.  There are many different scams that have an IRS or Law Enforcement angle to them.  Most of them are carried out in a similar manner as outlined below.

  • Someone posing as an IRS employee calls and tells the victim that they will be arrested unless they pay a fine.
  • The scammer may advise there is a warrant for the persons arrest and it can be stopped by paying a certain amount.
  • The scammer will even transfer the call to a supervisor, if asked.
  • The victim may receive another phone call while speaking with the scammer, advising they are a police officer with the Killeen Police Department. In many cases, they have spoofed one of the main KPD telephone numbers (254-501-8830) in order to appear legitimate.
  • The scammer requests gift cards ranging in the amount of $4000.00-$8500.00 or more from retailers such as, Walgreens, Home Depot, Best Buy and Target.  The gift cards are usually Green Dot, iTunes, Steam, Visa and many more.
  • The scammer stays on the phone with the victim and after each gift card is purchased, they have the victim supply the card number and pin number over the phone.
  • The scammers then redeem the code and abscond with the victim’s money.

There are different versions of the scam but the end goal is always the same, they are trying to steal the victim’s money.  The scammers will usually ask for payment in the form of gift cards.  Sometimes they will promise to provide a large return to the victim in exchange for a small investment (Get Rich Quick Scheme).   If it is too good to be true then it is probably is.  Remember official sources will not ask for payment by gift card or your banking information over the phone.

In addition to the above, there have been several recent reports of scammers posing as service providers, such as cell phone companies.  These scammers are posing as these companies and pretend to alert their intended victims of suspicious activity on their accounts, when in fact they are the scammers trying to gain access to the victim’s account.

Some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Governmental agencies do not solicit money via phone.
  • Governmental agencies and other legitimate agencies should not ask for payment to be made via any sort of gift card.
  • Be vigilant and do not give out personal information over the phone. Scammers will use social engineering tricks to make a victim believe they are only verifying personal information when, in reality, the victim is being tricked into giving it up.
  • When in doubt, please contact law enforcement for assistance.
  • If you are not sure if the caller is legitimate call the company or agency directly to see if a suspected call actually came from the legitimate source.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police are investigating a Theft at a Jewelry Store

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at approximately 1:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Zales Jewelry Store, located at the 2100 S.W. Young Drive, in reference to a Theft.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that two black males entered the store and requested to look at a ring.  While the consultant was allowing one of the males to look at the ring, both suspects turned and ran out of the store taking the ring with them.

The first suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, with a small afro and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black and yellow jogging suit with a jaguar/lion logo on the front and back.  The second suspect is also described to be in his twenties, with short black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, white shoes, a white tank top, and a blue jean jacket with “Nicki Minaj” on the back.  The suspects fled the store in an unknown direction with a ring valued at over $20,000.  The suspects may have been operating a white color sedan.

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Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this theft, 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(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police are investigating a Hit and Run Crash

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, at approximately 2:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Stan Schlueter Loop and Trimmier Road in reference to a 911 call about a crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that a second vehicle involved had fled the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed, that a maroon Chevy Cobalt was traveling westbound in the outside lane on Stan Schlueter Loop, when a white Sedan traveling eastbound in the center turning lane, failed to yield turning left northbound onto Trimmier Road, struck the Cobalt.  The impact caused the Cobalt to spin out and hit a traffic light pole.  The occupants of the Cobalt were transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple in serious condition; as of today, both have been released from the hospital.

The suspect vehicle, a white sedan, has been located.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit would like to thank everyone who assisted with this investigation.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

 

Killeen Police are investigating a Bank Robbery at the First National Bank

Officers were dispatched to the First National Bank located at 4304 E. Central Texas Expressway, on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at approximately 9:43 a.m., after receiving a 911 call about the bank being robbed.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that a black male entered the bank, walked up to the teller and passed a note with a demand.  The teller complied and the black male fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money in a white four door sedan.

The suspect was last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, eyeglasses and a dark colored ball cap.  He is described as a heavy-set black male, approximately 6’ tall with a thin goatee.

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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.  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.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department