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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 Respond to Large Fight and Make Multiple Arrests

For Immediate Release

July 15th, 2017

 

On July 15, 2017, at approximately 6:19 p.m., off-duty Killeen Police Officers working a security detail inside the Killeen Mall located 2100 S. WS Young Dr. called out a large fight involving over 30 juveniles and young adults.  Multiple on-duty units responded to the scene to assist and restore order.  As officers began arriving, the crowd dispersed, but multiple smaller groups continued fighting inside and outside of the mall building.

 

Initial reports of the incident indicated shots were fired inside the mall, but officers were unable to verify the report.  Because of the report of shots fired, several of the first responding officers formed a quick react team and swept through the entire mall searching for armed suspects or possible victims.  Neither were located.

 

The initial officers on scene were able to identify some of the instigators.  Responding units were subsequently able to locate and stop some of those individuals as they attempted to depart the scene.  Inside one vehicle that was stopped, officers located two handguns, one of which was reported stolen out of Austin.

 

There were a total eight arrests – four juveniles and four adults.  All were male except for one female.  All eight individuals were charged with Riot.  The female was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

 

There were no significant injuries or property damage reported.

 

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

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

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 Investigate Fatal Crash on Stan Schleuter Loop

June 2, 2017

On June 1, 2017 at about 2:58 p.m., a silver 2005 BMW was stopped facing north in the inside lane of Bunny Trail attempting to turn left to travel west on Stan Schlueter Loop. A Maroon 2006 GMC Envoy was stopped in the northbound middle lane, also turning left to go west on Stan Schlueter Loop.  A Yellow 2006 Nissan Xterra SUV was traveling east in the outside lane of Stan Schlueter Loop.  According to witnesses, the Nissan ran the solid red light as the BMW and GMC entered the intersection. The front of the Nissan struck the driver’s side door area of the BMW, causing it to spin and strike the driver side of the GMC SUV. The Nissan and BMW sustained major damage.

The driver of the BMW was initially transported to Seton Medical Center of Harker Heights by Killeen EMS.  She was subsequently flown to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical staff at 5:22pm.

The deceased is identified as 23 year-old Maria Clarissa Aro Tabonares of Killeen.

The crash continues to be investigated by our Traffic  Unit.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Cdr. Alex Gearhart

Killeen Police Department 

Killeen Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting

Press Release

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2017

The Killeen Police Department investigates an early morning shooting.

On April 28, 2017 at approximately 12:21 a.m., officers were dispatched to the College Park Apartments located at 1201 N. College St. in reference to a shooting victim.  Upon arrival, a gunshot victim was located outside of the complex.  The 22 year-old male told officers he was shot by an unknown suspect.

Officers canvassed the area and located the crime scene in the 100 block of W. Dean. No suspects were located.

The victim was transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital and is currently listed in fair condition.  The KPD Criminal Investigation Division is investigating this incident.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this crime 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

KPD Needs Help Locating A Person of Interest – UPDATE

April 6, 2017

UPDATE: Mr. Pacheco has been located and is no longer a person of interest. The Killeen Police Department would like to thank the public for its assistance.

April 5, 2017

Killeen Police need your help locating Bryant Pacheco, who may have information to assist the detectives in furthering their homicide investigation. Detectives continue to investigate the homicide of Eric Dieter Hill, who was found deceased in the 6500 block of Taree Loop, on January 11, 2017.

If you know the whereabouts of 23 year-old Bryant Pacheco, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com. You can also download the P3Tips APP for IOS and Android to give a tip. All information is confidential and anonymous.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department