Archive by Author | agearhart565

The Killeen Police Department is Asking for Assistance Related to a Robbery

On Monday, October 16, 2017, at 8:40 p.m., officers of the Killeen Police Department were dispatched to MetroPlex Hospital in reference to an assault alleged to have taken place 20 minutes earlier at Lions Club Park.

 

Upon the officer’s arrival, the victims advised the officers that they had been walking the exercise path at the park and they were returning to their vehicle when they were approached by 3 to 4 black males. The victims stated that as they were trying to enter their vehicle the suspects assaulted them and took a backpack from the vehicle.  The suspects could only be described as black males wearing sweatshirts, hoodies and basketball shorts.  Based on the victim’s statements, a report for robbery was filed by officers.

 

Detectives are asking that anyone who may have witnessed, or have knowledge of, this robbery to please 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 is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

 

 

Cdr. Erich Morsbach
Chief of Staff
Killeen Police Department

Possible Rabid Bat Found in Killeen

For Immediate Release

 

On September 23, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a dog found a dead bat in the 2300 block of  E. Veteran’s Memorial Blvd.  The dog, a 14 week-old Chihuahua, brought the bat to its owner, who in turn brought it to Killeen Animal Services.  Following protocol, the bat was sent to The Texas Department of State Health Services – Laboratory Services in Austin for testing.  Animal Services was notified that the tests were inconclusive and must be treated as though they are positive.

This public notification is required in such cases.  There is no other evidence of rabies in the area.  Anyone observing a dead animal, one appearing sick or behaving strangely should contact the Killeen Police Department, Animal Services at 254-501-8800 immediately.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

The Killeen Police Department Conducts Traffic Detail in Conjunction with National Rail Safety Week

For Immediate Release

 

This week is National Rail Safety Awareness Week.  The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit, along with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Police Department, worked a traffic enforcement detail today at the railroad crossing on State Highway 195 (Fort Hood St.)   Six Killeen PD Traffic Officers and one BNSF Special Agent participated in the detail and stopped vehicles for violations of the Texas Transportation Code pertaining to railroad crossings.  The detail began today at approximately 10:30 a.m. and was completed at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Forty vehicles were stopped during the detail and officers issued 53 citations for the following:

30 for stopping within 15 feet of a railroad track

5 for disregarding railroad signal lights (Official Traffic Control Device)

5 for stopping on the railroad tracks

13 for other non-hazardous violations (Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, No Driver’s License, etc.)

 

The Killeen Police Department wants to remind the public to observe all railroad warning signs.  It is unsafe and unlawful to disregard warning signals and stop on or within 15 feet of the tracks.

Please drive safely.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

The Killeen Police Department Investigates a Shooting on Reese Creek Road

For Immediate Release

 

On September 28, 2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Killeen Police responded to the 700 block of Reese Creek Road, near the Maxdale Road intersection, in reference to a man down call.  Upon arrival, officers met with a U.S. Postal Carrier who was delivering mail in the area.  The mail carrier reported that he was traveling westbound on Reese Creek Rd and observed the person lying in the roadway.  The male subject was deceased and had an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim is a black male, approximately 30 years old, and has not been positively identified.

The victim was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown.  An autopsy was ordered.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this case to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637.  Text HELP to 274637 for help with the tip or text STOP to 274637 to stop the tip.  Message and data rates may apply. All information is anonymous and confidential; if your tip leads to the arrest of the person involved in this case you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

The Killeen Police Department Investigates an Aggravated Robbery of an Individual

For Immediate Release

 

On September 26, 2017 at about 7:34p.m., Killeen Police responded to an aggravated robbery of an individual the 1300 block of S. 2nd Street.  Reportedly, a 25 year-old male suspect was armed with a handgun and attempted to rob the victim.  The victim fought back against the suspect.  During the fight, the suspect fired a single shot that struck a nearby vehicle’s tire.  The suspect was also bitten by the victim’s dog during the altercation.  The suspect fled the scene while being pursued by witnesses.  The witnesses were able to direct responding officers to the suspect, who was taken into custody without further incident.  Officers recovered the suspect’s weapon and discovered it had been reported stolen in College Station, Tx.

 

The suspect was treated on-scene for the dog bite and transported to KPD Jail.  The case will be screened with the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Hit and Run Crash Involving a Child

For Immediate Release

On September 24, 2017, at approximately 12:12 p.m., Killeen Police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian in the 800 block of Jeffries Ave.  Upon arrival, officers located a 5 year-old boy who had been struck by a vehicle that subsequently fled the scene.  The boy was transported to McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple by Killeen Fire Department Ambulance.  At this time, the severity of the child’s injuries are unknown, but they appear to be serious.

 

Witnesses reported that a late-model silver Dodge Charger with black diagonal stripes on the side was traveling southbound on Jeffries when it struck the child.  After striking the boy, the Charger stopped for a moment a couple of houses down.  A late-model red Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger that appeared to be traveling with the Charger stopped alongside.  After a few moments, both vehicles left the scene, southbound on Jeffries.

 

The crash is being investigated by the KPD Traffic Unit.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Officers are asking anyone with information regarding this crash to please call Bell County 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 Investigate Shooting

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2017
On September 22, 2017, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Killeen Police responded to the 3600 block of Trotwood in reference to a shooting victim. Upon arrival, they discovered a man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He reported that he was jogging in Long Branch Park and had stopped to take a break. According to the victim, a light-colored SUV pulled alongside him and an unknown assailant fired three shots at him, striking him in the abdomen. The vicim reported that he was able to run to his home nearby and his wife called 911. The victim was transported by Killeen Fire Department ambulance to Baylor Scott and White Hospital. He was treated and released a few hours later. 

Killeen Police Officers and Detectives continued to investigate and were able to determine that the available evidence did not support the victim’s account of the events. The victim is no longer cooperating with the investigation. Detectives believe there is no credible threat to the public or city parks based on this case.

The case remains under investigation.  More information will be released as it becomes available.
Cdr. Alex Gearhart

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

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