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Killeen Police Investigate Homicide on Wales Circle

For Immediate Release

July 16th, 2017

 

On July 16, 2017, at approximately 3:09 a.m., Killeen Police Officers responded to the 2300 block of Wales Circle regarding a shots fired call.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a 29 year-old male in the street with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to Darnall Army Medical Center by Killeen Fire Department ambulance.  The victim succumbed to his wound and was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 5:35 a.m.  Judge Cooke ordered an autopsy.

 

Detectives with the Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division are on scene and investigating.   More information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Detectives are asking asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please call Killeen Police at 254-501-8830, Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3tips app for IOS and Android to give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect(s), you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Warn the Public about Meeting Strangers for Online Sales and Dating

For Immediate Release

July 14th, 2017

 

The Killeen Police Department wants the public to be aware of the dangers of meeting strangers for internet sales and online dating.  The Criminal Investigation Division has taken notice of recent incidents that have taken place after a victim has made arrangements to sell an item through various online marketplaces and agreed to meet the suspect in person.  In addition to the online marketplaces, the danger extends to online dating and social sites that cater to prostitution and casual encounters.

 

The Killeen Police Department encourages the public to utilize our Safe Exchange Zone located in the lobby of the Police Headquarters at 3304 Community Blvd. when meeting for online sales.

 

A few tips regarding meeting strangers for sales and dating include:

 

  1. Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
  2. In the case of sales, don’t go alone.
  3. Insist on meeting at a public place such as the KPD Safe Exchange Zone.
  4. Do not meet in a secluded area.
  5. Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
  6. Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
  7. Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
  8. Tell a friend or family member about your intentions and where you will be.
  9. Take your mobile phone with you.

 

This warning is not necessarily directed at legitimate dating websites, although common sense and caution should always be exercised when meeting a stranger for the first time.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Death of a One-Year-Old Child

For Immediate Release

July 13th, 2017

 

On Friday, May 12th, 2017, at approximately 1:02 p.m., Killeen Police Officers responded to the 5300 block of Sydney Harbour Ct. after receiving a call about a one-year-old child who was not breathing.  The caller advised that the child she was caring for had fallen asleep in his car seat and had been strangled by the safety strap.

 

Officers arrived and found the child unresponsive and not breathing. First responders performed CPR on the child and were able to resuscitate him. The child was then transported to Metroplex Hospital by ambulance.

 

Investigators learned that the caller was running an in-home, unlicensed daycare out of her residence. She stated she left the child sleeping in his car seat unattended.  She stated that she returned when she heard another child crying and found the victim unconscious and not breathing, with one of the safety straps around his neck.

 

The child succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple.  He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Don Engleking, who also ordered an autopsy.

 

An arrest has not been made in this case. Detectives have forwarded the case to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office for review.

 

More information will be released when it is available.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Update – Killeen Police Respond to a Domestic Disturbance with Shots Fired

For Immediate Release

Update:

 July 14, 2017

 

Upon review of the this case, the Bell County District Attorney’s declined to pursue the Aggravated Assault charge.  The suspect, 18 year-old Darion Boykins was charged with Discharging a Firearm in Certain Municipalities.  Boykins was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke who set bond at $5000.  Boykins was later transported to Bell County Jail.

 

 

July 12th, 2017

 

Killeen Police Respond to a domestic disturbance with shots fired.

 

On Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, at approximately 3:03 p.m., Killeen Police Officers responded to a home in the 3500 block of Ida Dr after receiving a call about an active shooter.  The caller advised they heard the sound of a gunshot and observed a male point a handgun at other male.

 

Officers arrived and located three persons, who were determined to be brothers, involved in the incident. During the course of the investigation, officers discovered that two of the brothers began physically fighting with each other.

 

During the fight, one of the brothers retrieved a handgun inside their home. The third brother exited the home in an attempt to get help from neighbors, followed by the other two brothers. Witnesses stated that they heard shouting and several gunshots. They stated they then observed the suspect pointing a handgun at the victim.  No one was struck by the gunfire.  The suspect sustained minor injuries during the fight.

 

Officers placed one male under arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  The suspect was transported to the Killeen Police Department Jail.  The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this case and it will be reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

 

More information will be released when it is available.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Planned Network Outage at Animal Services

For Immediate Release

July 12th, 2017

 

On Monday, July 17, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Killeen Police Department Animal Services Unit’s computer network will be down for necessary repairs and upgrades.  During this time, the shelter will be without phones, email, and network connectivity.  The shelter will be open for business, but will only be able to accept cash or checks for any services requiring payment.  They will be unable to accept credit or debit cards.

 

Anyone needing to contact Animal Services for any reason during that time should contact the Killeen Police Department at 254-501-8800 or 254-501-8830.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Respond to a Domestic Disturbance with Shots Fired

For Immediate Release

July 12th, 2017

On Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, at approximately 3:03 p.m., Killeen Police Officers responded to a home in the 3500 block of Ida Dr after receiving a call about an active shooter.  The caller advised they heard the sound of a gunshot and observed a male point a handgun at other male.

 

Officers arrived and located three persons, who were determined to be brothers, involved in the incident. During the course of the investigation, officers discovered that two of the brothers began physically fighting with each other.

 

During the fight, one of the brothers retrieved a handgun inside their home. The third brother exited the home in an attempt to get help from neighbors, followed by the other two brothers. Witnesses stated that they heard shouting and several gunshots. They stated they then observed the suspect pointing a handgun at the victim.  No one was struck by the gunfire.  The suspect sustained minor injuries during the fight.

 

Officers placed one male under arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  The suspect was transported to the Killeen Police Department Jail.  The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this case and it will be reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

 

More information will be released when it is available.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Identify Suspect in Aggravated Assault

For Immediate Release

Update:

June 16, 2017

 

The suspect in this case is identified as Sean Dixon, 32, of Killeen.  Detectives screened this case with the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and obtained complaints charging Dixon with two counts of Aggravated Assault.  Bond was set at $100,000 for each charge.  He was released after posting $200,000 bond.

 

Also arrested in the incident was Peter Minott, 28.  Minott was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Harker Heights for Aggravated Assault.

 

 

 

June 15, 2017

 

Killeen Police Respond to an Aggravated Assault

 

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at approximately 5:19 p.m., Killeen Police Officers responded to the 5200 block of Birmingham Circle after receiving a call about people fighting.  The caller advised a male entered a residence with a gun.  Officers arrived and located two victims with lacerations from a bladed object.  Officers placed one male under arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  The suspect, who was also injured during the incident, was treated at a local hospital and taken to the Killeen Police Department Jail.  The two victims were transported to local hospitals with injuries and later released.  The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this case and it will be reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

 

More information will be released when it is available.

 

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, are asking if anyone has any information on this crime or this suspect to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3tips app for IOS and Android to give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect(s), you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

 

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

The Killeen Police Department Arrests Ten in Prostitution Sting

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2017

 

The Killeen Police Department Arrests 10 in Prostitution Sting

 

On June 15, 2017, the Killeen Police Department, Organized Crime Unit conducted a Prostitution Sting targeting Johns.  Detectives made a total of 10 arrests for prostitution.  The operation contrasted with a recent sting that targeted the prostitutes themselves.

 

The operation was conducted in response to criminal activity being monitored by detectives, as well as citizen complaints and information regarding this crime.  Detectives are conducting follow up investigations and more information may follow.

 

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Obtain Charge in 2016 Murder

For Immediate Release

 

June 15, 2017 – Update

 

The Killeen Police Department’s Homicide Unit has continued to conduct an investigation of murder at the 1300 block of Bonnie Drive on December 9, 2016.  The Bell County District Attorney’s reviewed the case and complaints were issued charging John Eric Saenz with the Murder of Jason Francisco Munayco.  John Eric Saenz was already in the Bell County Jail following his arrest on December 31, 2016, for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.  Saenz was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Theodore Duffield who set his bond at 1,000,000.

 

The Killeen Police Department’s Homicide Unit would like to thank the public for their assistance with this case. 

 

January 1, 2017 – UPDATE

On December 31, 2016, detectives learned that John Eric Saenz was in the Austin area and they began working with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force.  After further investigation members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force were able to locate him during a traffic stop. Saenz was taken into custody without incident at approximately 8:00pm; he was transported to the Travis County Jail where he awaits extradition.

 

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank everyone who assisted with the arrest of John Eric Saenz.

 

December 29, 2016

Killeen Police need help locating a wanted man who is believed to be Armed and Dangerous.

 

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 41 year old Jason Francisco Munayco with a gunshot wound.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced him 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.

 

Through the investigation detectives determined John Eric Saenz was at the residence during this shooting.  This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Saenz with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for his arrest and suggested a bond of $500,000.  Detectives would also like to speak to him about his involvement in this Homicide.

 

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Respond to an Aggravated Assault

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2017

 

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at approximately 5:19 p.m., Killeen Police Officers responded to the 5200 block of Birmingham Circle after receiving a call about people fighting.  The caller advised a male entered a residence with a gun.  Officers arrived and located two victims with lacerations from a bladed object.  Officers placed one male under arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  The suspect, who was also injured during the incident, was treated at a local hospital and taken to the Killeen Police Department Jail.  The two victims were transported to local hospitals with injuries and later released.  The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this case and it will be reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

 

More information will be released when it is available.

 

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, are asking if anyone has any information on this crime or this suspect to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3tips app for IOS and Android to give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect(s), you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department