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Killeen Police Department Investigates a Fatal Motorcycle crash on Bridgewood Drive

On Friday, June 1, 2018, at 9:52 p.m., Officers responded to a 911 call in reference to a crash involving a car and a motorcycle, in the 5200 block of Bridgewood Dr.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on Bridgewood Dr., when the driver of a 2014 Jaguar backed without safety onto the roadway from a private driveway; resulting in the motorcycle to colliding with the back right quarter panel of the vehicle.  The impact caused the rider of the motorcycle to be ejected and collide with a parked vehicle in the southbound lane of Bridgewood Dr., with the rider eventually coming to a rest in the roadway.  The victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The operator of the motorcycle, 54 year-old Haywood J. Stricklen, was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical authorities at 10:37 p.m.

This crash continues to be investigated by the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Shooting on Sissom Road

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, at approximately 8:33 a.m., officers were notified that a female suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest was dropped off at Metroplex Hospital.  The 31 year-old victim was subsequently airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting incident occurred in the 800 block of Sissom Road.   The victim and a female suspect were involved in a verbal altercation about the use of a vehicle, when the suspect produced a handgun.  The two females began to struggle over the keys and the handgun, when the handgun discharged, striking the victim.

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On Friday, June 01, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and a complaint was returned charging 38 year-old Nazeema Nicole Augustin with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. Augustin was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set her bond at $100,000.  Augustin will be transported to the Bell County Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Participates in Operation Chill

This summer, Killeen Police Officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice “tickets” to good kids in Killeen. For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven® is working with local police to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to children and youth through its popular Operation Chill® community-service program.

During 2018, up to 1.4 million Slurpee coupons will be issued to almost 1,100 law enforcement agencies; more than 1,100 of those will be distributed in Killeen, most during the summer months and back-to-school season.

Officers will be looking for kids who might be helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community.  Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smiling kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

“We are always looking for ways to help our officers build strong relationships in the community,” said Chief Charles Kimble. “Operation Chill makes it easy to interact with kids in a positive way.”

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Robbery at a Local Restaurant

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, officers responded to a 911 call at approximately 11:00 a.m. in reference to a robbery at the Wiso Phat Burger restaurant located at 421 Liberty Street.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told two males approached two employees, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. The suspects then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The first suspect is described as a heavy-set black male, approximately 6’1”-6”2” and was last seen wearing a bright orange and yellow headscarf.  No information was provided on the second suspect.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, 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 and Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information given is anonymous and confidential, and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this Aggravated Robbery, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police investigate a Robbery at the Splawn Ranch Travel Center

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, officers responded to a 911 call at approximately 1:14 a.m. in reference to a Robbery at the Splawn Ranch Travel Center located at 10640 S. Ft. Hood Street.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told a male entered the store, displayed a knife and demanded money. The male then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male with a dark colored beard, in his 20’s, approximately 5’09” and weighing approximately 160 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a beanie, a black jacket, black pants and gray shoes.  The suspect fled in a small light colored 4-door SUV with a sun roof and luggage rack on top, and a spare tire on the rear hatchback.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, are asking anyone who has information about this Aggravated 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 and Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information given is anonymous and confidential, and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this Aggravated Robbery, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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