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Killeen Crime Rate Decreased in 2018

At the end of January, 2019, the Killeen Police Department completed the crime data for 2018 and the preliminary data indicated a decrease in all reported Part One UCR crimes in 2018 as compared to 2017:

                                                                           Number of Incidents*                                                                                           2018 / 2017

  • 61% decrease in Murders                                           7/18
  • 22% decrease in Rape                                              118/151
  • 54% decrease in Robbery                                         144/313
  • 52% decrease in Aggravated Assault                        303/636
  • Overall decrease in Violent Crime was 49%              572/1118
  • 25% decrease in Burglaries                                       853/1140
  • 6% drop in Larceny (Theft)                                      2249/2403
  • 56 % drop in Vehicle Thefts                                       249/566
  • Overall decrease in Non-Violent Crime was 18%      3351/4109

   Overall decrease in all reported Part One UCR crime was 25%

Chief Charles Kimble said, “We are pleased to announce that during 2018, the City of Killeen experienced a significant decline in murders and robberies compared to 2017.  The community’s commitment and effort to combat crime has been on the right path and continues to be, in becoming a safer city.  We are also excited to report that 2018 had the lowest crime rate for the City of Killeen for at least three decades!

This was accomplished by a team effort that included the community, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office out of Waco, the Texas Department of Public Safety, our Federal Partners – FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshals, and the men and women of the Killeen Police Department.

*All data for 2018 is preliminary until verified by Texas DPS

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

KPD Investigates an afternoon Shooting

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, at approximately 1:35 p.m., officers’ were dispatched to the Liberty 6 Motel located at 529 E. Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim. Officers arrived and located a 25 year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound; he was immediately airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in critical condition.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident, 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.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, continue to investigate this incident and information will be released as it becomes available.  The victim is currently listed in stable condition.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Shooting on Westcliff Drive

On Thursday, December 20, 2018, at approximately 9:06 p.m., officers’ were dispatched to the 4500 block of Westcliff Drive in reference to a 911 call about a Burglary in progress.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told two males, the homeowner and an intruder, were involved in a verbal alteration that became physical.  During the altercation, the intruder was shot.

24 year-old Yorrick Trent Toms, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 9:44 p.m.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Aggravated Assault on Public Servant and Burglary

On Sunday, December 30, 2018, at approximately 12:31 p.m., officers’ were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of Cedarhill Drive in reference to a burglary call.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that the suspects had fled westbound.  One officer observed the suspects in the area and as he got closer to them, they began to evade, when one of the suspects began to shoot in the direction of the officer; the officer was not able to return fire due to cross traffic on Westcliff.  The suspect’s gunfire struck two citizen’s vehicles and a building.  Additional officers saturated the area and were able to apprehend the suspects, including the shooter and the gun. The Criminal Investigation Division Burglary and Violent Crime Unit detectives arrived to process the scenes.  No injuries reported.

This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and on Monday, December 31, 2018, complaints were returned charging the three suspects below.  Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown arraigned them and set their bond.

Mitchell

 MITCHELL, James Centron – 17 years-old

1.Possession of Dangerous Drug – Bond $3,000

2.Tamper with or Fabricate Evidence – Bond $20,000

Bulla

         BULLA, Isaiah Javon – 19 years-old

  1. Possession of Marijuana – Bond $2,000

Davis

DAVIS, Kalogano Nathanal – 17 years-old

  1. Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer – Bond $500,000

2. Deadly Conduct Discharges Firearm towards Building –  Bond $100,000

 

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash on Rancier

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Rancier Avenue in reference to crash involving a pedestrian.  Upon arrival, officers located a female lying in the roadway.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the female was  walking southbound across Rancier Avenue when she was struck by a gray Saab that was traveling westbound in the inside lane on Rancier Avenue.  Witnesses told officers that a second vehicle, a gray four door sedan, possibly a Kia, was traveling westbound also in the inside lane, struck the victim as she laid in the roadway. The suspect vehicle subsequently fled the scene. The victim was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple in critical condition.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit is asking anyone who has information about the suspect vehicle involved in this Hit and Run crash to contact Crime Stoppers at 254- 526- TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also give an anonymous tip by downloading the P3tips app for IOS and Android.  All information is confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this Hit and Run, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this Hit and Run and the circumstances surrounding it.  Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash on Rancier

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Rancier Avenue in reference to crash involving a pedestrian.  Upon arrival, officers located a female lying in the roadway.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the female was  walking southbound across Rancier Avenue when she was struck by a gray Saab that was traveling westbound in the inside lane on Rancier Avenue.  Witnesses told officers that a second vehicle, a gray four door sedan, possibly a Kia, was traveling westbound also in the inside lane, struck the victim as she laid in the roadway. The suspect vehicle subsequently fled the scene. The victim was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple in critical condition.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit is asking anyone who has information about the suspect vehicle involved in this Hit and Run crash to contact Crime Stoppers at 254- 526- TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also give an anonymous tip by downloading the P3tips app for IOS and Android.  All information is confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this Hit and Run, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this Hit and Run and the circumstances surrounding it.  Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Informs Community about Hoax Email

The Killeen Police Department would like to inform the community that we are aware of emails that have been circulating nationwide, including Texas and the Killeen area today.  The message contains a bomb threat and a demand of payment via bitcoin. We are in contact with our local, state and federal partners, and have been informed that the threats are being investigated and do NOT appear to be credible at this time.

Killeen Police will investigate any credible threat and/or suspicious activity.   We ask everyone to be vigilant and immediately call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity which could represent a threat to our community.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrests Three in Homicide

During this investigation, detectives have identified three persons responsible for this Homicide. On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office issued complaints charging, 31 year-old Talitha Marieanne Collins, 21 year-old Justice Dinell Jamar Brue-Miller and 28 year-old Derek Gregory Spragins, with Murder.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued warrants for all three suspects.  Collins was already in the Killeen City Jail and her bond was set at $1,000,000. 

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Brue-Miller and Spragins were arrested with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and Temple Police Department.  They were transported to the Killeen City Jail and are awaiting arraignment. 

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Killeen Police Investigate Homicide on Root Avenue.

On Monday, December 3, 2018, at approximately 8:55 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Root Avenue in reference to a shots fired disturbance. Upon the officers’ arrival they located a black male victim suffering from a gunshot wound; he was unconscious and not breathing. Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown pronounced 21 year-old Marquis Demps deceased at approximately 9:36 p.m.  She ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Homicide on Root Avenue

On Monday, December 3, 2018, at approximately 8:55 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Root Avenue in reference to a shots fired disturbance. Upon the officers’ arrival they located a black male victim suffering from a gunshot wound; he was unconscious and not breathing. Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown pronounced 21 year-old Marquis Demps deceased at approximately 9:36 p.m.  She ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Bell County 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

Killeen Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting

UPDATE

Through their investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect in this incident.  This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and on Saturday, November 17, 2018, a complaint was returned charging 22 year-old Damani Joseph Bisio with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  On Friday, November 23, 2018, Bisio turned himself in to the Killeen Police Department.  He was taken into custody and Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Bisio, setting his bond at $500, 000Bisio is currently in the Bell County Jail. 

On Friday, November 16, 2018, at approximately 1:02 p.m., officers’ were dispatched to the 4600 block of Windcrest Drive in reference to a 911 call about a shooting.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a male lying in the driveway suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim was immediately transported to Baylor Scott & White in unknown condition.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were in a verbal altercation when the suspect displayed a weapon and shot the victim.

Due to the nature of the incident, Shoemaker High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution.  At approximately 2:35 p.m., the lockdown was lifted as there was no immediate threat to the campus or the community.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, have identified Damani Joseph Bisio as a person of interest to this shooting investigation.  Bisio is wanted for an outstanding warrant; do not attempt to apprehend this wanted person as he is considered ARMED and DANGEROUS!

DAMANI JOSEPH BISIO IS A 21 YEAR-OLD LIGHT SKINNED BLACK MALE WHO IS 5’11” TALL AND WEIGHS APPROXIMATELY 140 POUNDS AND HAS BLACK HAIR AND BROWN EYES.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department