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16 Arrested After a Multi-Agency Warrant Roundup

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, members of the Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division were joined by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and U.S. Marshals for a Warrant Roundup.  Multiple teams from each agency engaged in proactive policing measures to locate and apprehend 16 wanted fugitives.  These suspects were arrested on a variety of outstanding warrants such as Murder, Assaults, Narcotics Violations, Parole Violations and Theft.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Partners with Ring and the ‘Neighbors’ App

Killeen Police Department is announcing its participation in ‘Neighbors’ by Ring to Provide Users with Real-Time, Local Crime and Safety Information.

 Neighbors aims to reduce crime in neighborhoods by connecting people, security cameras and law enforcement.

On Monday, September 24, 2018, the Killeen Police Department announced its participation in the Neighbors app (via iOS/Android here: https://download.ring.com/killeenpd) to provide the Killeen community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.

Download the free Neighbors app, join your neighborhood, and use the app to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring, said: “We’re excited to have the Killeen Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the Killeen community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”

How It Works

  • Download the Neighbors app (via iOS/Android here: https://download.ring.com/killeenpd).
  • Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
  • Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).
  • Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
  • View local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.
  • Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.
  • Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.

 About Neighbors

Neighbors is a neighborhood watch app that provides real-time, local crime and safety information. Download the free Neighbors app (iOS/Android), join your neighborhood, and use the app to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team. Download Neighbors (iOS/Android) today to join your digital neighborhood watch. For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors.

About Ring

Ring’s mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods by creating a Ring of Security around homes and communities. Ring is an Amazon company. The Ring product line, along with Neighbors by Ring, enable Ring to offer affordable, whole-home and neighborhood security devices and services. In fact, one Los Angeles neighborhood saw a 55 percent decrease in home break-ins after Ring Doorbells were installed on just ten percent of homes. For more information, visit www.ring.com. With Ring, you’re always home.

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Killeen Police Department Media Contact

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs, Killeen Police Department

omiramontez@killeentexas.gov

O: 254.501.8807

 

Neighbors Media Contact

Morgan Culbertson

Public Relations Coordinator, Neighbors by Ring

Morgan.Culbertson@ring.com

M: 805.822.9694

KPD Identifies Suspect from Pursuit

UPDATE – September 1, 2018

On Friday, August 31, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and 29 year-old Mario Martin of Killeen was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and one count of Evading Arrest in a Vehicle.

On Saturday, September 01, 2018, Justice of the Peace Donald Engleking arraigned Mario Martin, setting his bond totaling $600,000. Martin is currently in the custody of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

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On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at approximately 3:52 p.m., Killeen Police were involved in a pursuit near the Cantabrian area after the driver of a black SUV refused to stop. The driver led officers on Elms Road when the driver entered the intersection of Fort Hood Street and Elms Road and collided into a black SUV. The suspect driver then rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser forcing the officer to discharge his weapon. The suspect received a gunshot wound from the shooting and was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and Texas Rangers responded to the scene and an investigation is ongoing, being led by the Rangers.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to Sgt. David Roberts with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD and Texas Rangers Investigate a Pursuit and Crash

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at approximately 3:52 p.m., Killeen Police were involved in a pursuit near the Cantabrian area after the driver of a black SUV refused to stop.  The driver led officers on Elms Road when the driver entered the intersection of Fort Hood Street and Elms Road and collided into a black SUV.  The suspect driver then rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser forcing the officer to discharge his weapon.  The suspect received a gunshot wound from the shooting and was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and Texas Rangers responded to the scene and an investigation is ongoing, being led by the Rangers.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to Sgt. David Roberts with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

 

KPD Investigates a Bank Robbery

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, at approximately 11:19am, we received a 911 call in reference to a bank robbery at the BBVA Compass Bank located at 1300 E. Central Texas Expressway.

Officers’ were told that a male entered the bank, approached the teller and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” and weighing approximately 200-220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue denim long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, a camouflage ball cap and sunglasses. The suspect may have a patch over his right eye.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, obtained photos of the suspect and are asking anyone who can identify him or may have information to contact Crime Stoppers at 526-TIPS (8477), go online anonymously at http://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. All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect in this bank robbery you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

Cantabrian Community Clean-Up

The Killeen Police Department COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Unit has identified a community outreach program to assist residents in the Cantabrian neighborhood of Killeen.  This program is designed to help clean the neighborhood in ways to deny concealment to criminals, instill neighborhood pride and ownership, and improve neighborhood and Police Department relations.

Chief Kimble says “This cleanup event is an example of community policing between the neighborhood and Police Department, by developing partnerships and working together to combat crime we will make our neighborhoods safer for everyone”.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies Victim and Suspect

UPDATE

August 19, 2018

The shooting victim in this Murder has been identified as 41 year-old Deandre Patrick Thomas of Killeen.

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and issued a complaint charging 45 year-old Reginald Ferlandus Jackson with Murder. Jackson was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown and set his bond at $500,000.

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On Saturday, August 18, 2018, at approximately 1:48 a.m., the Killeen Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a shooting victim at the OBok Restaurant and Club located 2815 S Ft Hood Street. Upon the officers arrival they found a male lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The 41 year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 2:46 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were in a verbal altercation when the suspect displayed a weapon and shot the victim.

One person has been arrested and charges are pending through the Bell County District Attorneys Office.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Homicide Unit continue to investigate this Murder and ask any witnesses that were at this incident to contact the Killeen Police Department at (254) 501-8830.

Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Early Morning Homicide

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, at approximately 1:48 a.m., the Killeen Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a shooting victim at the OBok Restaurant and Club located 2815 S Ft Hood Street. Upon the officers arrival they found a male lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The 41 year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 2:46 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were in a verbal altercation when the suspect displayed a weapon and shot the victim.

One person has been arrested and charges are pending through the Bell County District Attorneys Office.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Homicide Unit continue to investigate this Murder and ask any witnesses that were at this incident to contact the Killeen Police Department at (254) 501-8830.

Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

KPD Locates a Stolen Vehicle

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at approximately 2:16 p.m., the Killeen Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a stolen black Ford pickup on John Road. Officers located the vehicle traveling near the intersection of Cranford Avenue and 40th Street and attempted to conduct a traffic stop however the driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.  The suspect driver led officers on a short pursuit towards Twin Creek Road and Creekside Drive when he reached a dead end.  The suspect rammed into a police unit and made U-turn, attempting to run over an officer forcing the officer to discharge his weapon.  The suspect continued to drive onto Owl Hollow Circle and came to stop after crashing into a residence.  At approximately 2:52 p.m., officers apprehended the driver as well as two other juvenile suspects that had been in the vehicle.

No injuries were reported from this incident.

The names of the suspects will not be released since they are juveniles.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Murder on Alan Kent

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 4500 block of Alan Kent Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a black male suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The 33 year-old male victim, Cleveland Jermaine Lewis of Killeen, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 4:45 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

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

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Murder, 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