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We Need the Public’s Help Identifying Two Persons of Interest


On March 16, 2020, officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of Lake Road in reference to a 911 call about shots fired. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located an unresponsive male in the parking lot of an apartment complex suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, Terrance Darnell Iles, 22, was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying these individuals. We know the images are distorted and blurry but if you recognize them or have any information about this Homicide, please contact (254) 501-7822.

Drug Distributor Arrested in Killeen

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, Organized Crime Unit in conjunction with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department conducted a narcotics investigation on a suspected narcotic distributor. 

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Vincent Barnett, 42, was located and arrested at the Killeen Regional Airport without incident.  The suspect was found to be in possession of approximately 220 grams of Heroin, 60 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a large sum of U.S. currency. The street value of the narcotics seized is approximately $17,800.

This investigation was successful due to the cooperation and communication between the Killeen Police Department and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.   

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Search for Missing Person

The Killeen Police Department is currently investigating the report of a missing person.  We are asking the community if anyone has seen a missing soldier who has not been heard from by his family since Monday, August 17, 2020.

Family members of Elder Fernandez, 23, reported to officers on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 that he was last seen by his Staff Sergeant on Monday afternoon when he dropped him off at his residence located in the 2700 block of Woodlands Drive in Killeen. 

Elder Fernandez is approximately 5’4” tall and weighs approximately 133 pounds. He was last seen wearing black army PT shorts and t-shirt with red athletic shoes.

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Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division are asking anyone who has seen Elder Fernandez or knows his whereabouts to contact the Killeen Police Department at (254) 200-7905.

This incident is being investigated and information will be released as it becomes available. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Fatal Crash on State Highway 195

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at approximately 6:51 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of State Highway 195 and Chaparral Road in reference a 911 call about a major crash involving a white Toyota Corolla and a silver Chevrolet Malibu.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Malibu was traveling northbound on SH 195 in the outside lane approaching the intersection, when the Corolla, that was traveling southbound on SH 195, turned left at the intersection, through the crossover, in an-attempt to cross the northbound lanes onto Chaparral.  The driver of the Corolla failed to yield right of way to the Malibu, causing the Malibu to strike the Corolla’s right passenger side.  The impact caused the Corolla to rotate to the northeast corner of the intersection into the grassy area, rolling onto its top and coming to a rest.  The Malibu also traveled to the northeast corner and came to a stop in the grassy area. The three occupants in the Corolla were transported to Baylor Scott & White in critical condition and the driver of the Malibu was also transported to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition. 

One of the passengers in the Toyota, Dade Michael Neujahr, 23, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace GW Ivey at approximately 7:54 p.m.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this fatality and information will be released as it becomes available. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Motorcycle Fatality on FM 3470

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, officers were dispatched at approximately 8:29 p.m. to the intersection of FM  3470 and Oak Valley Drive in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located an unresponsive male lying in the roadway. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue Suzuki GSX motorcycle was traveling southbound on FM 3470 in the inside lane approaching the intersection.  When a green Honda Civic entered the intersection attempting to turn left into a private drive, the operator of the motorcycle struck the right front of the Honda, causing him to be ejected.  The operator, Corey Dean Reed Jr., 28, was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at 10:10 p.m.  The operator of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this fatality and information will be released as it becomes available. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Conducts Child Prostitution Operation

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, the Killeen Police Department Special Victim’s Unit in partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety Human Trafficking Program, concluded a two-day child prostitution sting.  The overall goal of this joint effort was to locate and arrest subjects who were willing to make overt efforts to pay minors to engage in sexual acts.  During this operation nine suspects, three of whom are military, contacted officers through various social media platforms and made agreements for sexual acts with girls they believed were 15 or 16 years of age.  These agreements were for fees that included money, drugs, and/or alcohol.  The suspects were apprehended without incident when they arrived at a predetermined location. 

The operation concluded with seven felony prostitution charges, two misdemeanor prostitution charges, and two guns were confiscated.

  • Anthony Xavier Antwon, 25, of Fort Hood, Felony Prostitution under 18
  • Javier Perez, 40, of Austin, Felony Prostitution under 18
  • Brian Harley Flynn, 21, of Temple, Felony Prostitution under 18
  • Brandon Anthony Lee, 25, of Killeen, Felony Prostitution under 18
  • Dustin Edward Johnson, 42, of Lott, Felony Prostitution under 18
  • Timmy Jones Jr., 30, of Fort Hood, Felony Prostitution under 18
  • Shaun Paul Moore, 39, of Kempner, Felony Prostitution under 18
  • Rakeem Jamal Nelson, 28, of Killeen, Class A Prostitution
  • Pierre Jean, 32, of Killeen, Class A Prostitution

The Killeen Police Department would like to remind citizens, “If you see something, say something”.  Please report any suspicious activity involving Human Trafficking to your local 9-1-1 emergency center.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Motorcycle Fatality on IH-14

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, at approximately 5:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to Interstate Highway 14 between Stan Schlueter Loop and Rosewood Drive in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located an unresponsive male lying in the roadway.  Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The operator of the motorcycle, Seandell Ericson Hawkins, 53, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 6:43 p.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a red motorcycle was traveling eastbound in the outside lane on IH-14 at a high rate of speed.  When the operator of the motorcycle collided into the rear of a Toyota 4Runner.  The impact caused the operator to be ejected, coming to a rest in the roadway.  The motorcycle operator was wearing a helmet.  The four occupants of the 4Runner reported minor injuries.

Investigators with the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit asks anyone who may have witnessed this crash, to call the department at (254) 501-8800.  This fatality continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Suspect for Terroristic Threat

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, officers with the Killeen Police Department were working a crime scene in the 4800 block of Rancier Avenue, when several citizens arrived to observe and began to heckle the officers.  One individual in the crowd was making threatening comments in public towards the Killeen Police Department, police officers and their families as the video of the scene was posted on social media; namely Facebook.  During the video, the suspect threatened a nearby officer by threatening to commit arson against the officer and his patrol unit.   

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, were able to identify the female suspect.  On July 17, 2020, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office returned a complaint charging Sharon Yvonne Spriggs, 36, of Killeen, with Terroristic Threat to a Peace Officer. 

On July 20, 2020, The United States Marshals Service – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force began fugitive operations into Spriggs.  It was determined that Spriggs was in Florida and detectives requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service-Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., the USMS-Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Spriggs without incident at 1445 South Congress Avenue in Delray Beach, FL.  Spriggs is currently in the Palm Beach County Jail awaiting extradition.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Suspect in Sexual Assault

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at approximately 10:13 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Sparrow Road in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a 16-year-old female juvenile with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Victims Unit, discovered that the deceased juvenile victim had inappropriate physical contact with a family member. 

On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Carlos Marece Brown Jr., 27, with Sexual Assault of a Child and a warrant was obtained.  At approximately 6:05 p.m., Brown turned himself in to the Killeen City Jail.  On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Brown and set his bond at $100,000. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrests Murder Suspect

Through the investigation, detectives with the Homicide Unit identified a suspect in this case.  On March 21, 2020, this case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Luke Matthew Cuellar, 25, with Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.  Cuellar was arrested and booked into the Killeen City Jail.  Investigation continued.

On April 15, 2020, detectives received a complaint from the Bell County District Attorney’s Office charging Cuellar with the Murder of Ann Smith Evans.  Justice of the Peace Coleman arraigned Cuellar and set his bond at $1,000,000.  Cuellar is currently in the Bell County Jail. 

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

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Killeen Police Investigate a Suspicious Death on Wisconsin Drive.

On Sunday, February 9, 2020, at approximately 10:43 A.M., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Wisconsin Drive in reference to a welfare concern.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a white female identified as Ann Smith Evans, 64, deceased. 

Evans was pronounced deceased at 11:47 A.M. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department