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Killeen Police are Investigating the Murder of a 19-year-old and an injured Juvenile

Killeen, TX (December 26, 2020): At approximately 3:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Houston Street in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  Officers started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The adult male was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition and the juvenile was transported to the McLane Children’s Hospital.   

The 19-year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at approximately 5:55 p.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.  The name of the victim has been withheld pending notification next of kin.

The current condition of the 5-year-old victim is stable with non-life-threatening injuries.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or 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

Killeen Police Investigate Traffic Fatality on Lake Road

Killeen, TX (December 23, 2020): On December 20, 2020, Killeen Police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Lake Road in reference to a single vehicle motorcycle crash.  It was determined that the motorcycle, with a single rider and operator, was westbound on Lake Road at a high rate of speed when the rider lost control and struck the curb on the north side of the road.  This collision separated the rider from the motorcycle, ejecting him.  The rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The rider was transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center with severe injuries.  Then later transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital for further treatment. 

On December 22, 2020, Traffic Unit Investigators were notified that the rider, James Allen Davis Jr. 55, had succumb to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.  This crash continues to be investigated by the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit.  

Commander Ronnie Supak

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Are Investigating a Murder

Killeen, TX (December 18, 2020): A 45-year old female victim is dead after being shot inside a residence in the 300 block of S. 10th St. 

The Killeen Police Department was dispatched on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at approximately 9:15 p.m., to a residence in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a female victim suffering from several gunshot wounds.   Officers started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.   

The victim, Tonya Denise Dixon, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:29 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas. 

Detectives are asking anyone who may 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.

Commander Ronnie Supak

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police will Increase Patrols to Promote Traffic Safety

Killeen, TX (December 17, 2020): The Killeen Police Department, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, will promote traffic safety via increased traffic enforcement throughout the remainder of Fiscal Year 2021. This has been made possible through a comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant.

The program will allow officers to patrol key areas identified as having a higher volume of serious injury and fatality crashes, and to enforce traffic laws. Officers working the STEP program will be able to identify, investigate and apprehend intoxicated/impaired drivers in the same key areas, all of which will contribute to a reduction in serious injury and fatality crashes.

Texas has not had a traffic fatality free day since November 7, 2000. Over 20 years of daily deaths on Texas roadways and it is time to End the Streak Texas! Officers remind drivers to be aware of and abide by posted speed limits (GPS is not always correct), wear your seat belts, leave early, plan your routes, and drive safely and courteously.

The two areas specifically being addressed based on state data for serious injury and fatality crashes are:
• Interstate Highway 14 (including service roads) from State Highway 195 east to Rosewood Drive, 4.3 miles.
• State Highway 195 from FM 3470 (Stan Schlueter Loop) south to Chaparral Road, 3.98 miles.

In addition, resources are being committed to specific dates throughout the year. The first of these key dates will start on Friday, December 18, 2020, and last until New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2021.

The Killeen Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Safe New Year.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Person of Interest in Connection to Missing Runaway Arrested

Killeen, TX (December 14, 2020): 26-year-old male in connection to the missing runaway, 16-year-old Irma Perez, is currently in the Killeen City Jail.

The Killeen Police Department along with the U.S. Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force apprehended Shaukhiem Griffin of Killeen for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration. Griffin was taken into custody without incident at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the 4100 block Elms Run Circle in Killeen.

Griffin was a person of interest in connection with a missing person, Irma Perez from Killeen. Perez has been in contact with family members and is not considered endangered at this time.

The Killeen Police Department continues in their efforts to reunite Perez with her family. The case continues to be investigated and further information will be provided once it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Fugitive in Custody after Locating Stolen Vehicles

Killeen, TX (December 14, 2020): One woman is in custody after officers conducted a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block Nolan Avenue and located several stolen vehicles on the property.

Killeen Police was contacted by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office requesting our assistance in locating a stolen vehicle equipped with a GPS tracker out of their agency. The GPS showed the location of the stolen vehicle, 2008 Silver Mercedes, in the back yard of the residence.

Upon arrival, Patrol Officers observed the stolen vehicle parked in the backyard of the residence with another vehicle parked in the driveway. The vehicle in the driveway was found to also be stolen out of Copperas Cove.

A search warrant was secured for the residence and officers recovered two stolen firearms out of Harker Heights, narcotics, the keys to the stolen vehicles and a large amount of identifying information. The residence was occupied with three individuals: Brooke Cunniff, her 17-month-old son and Chelsea Smith. Chelsea Smith, 28, was found to have five outstanding warrants for Burglary of Vehicle and one for Debit/Credit Card Abuse. The warrants were from the Belton, Nolanville and Harker Heights Police Departments. Smith was transported to the Bell County Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Suspect From Stolen Car Charged and Arrested

UPDATE NEWS RELEASE: Killeen, TX (December 11, 2020): Male suspect formally charged after stealing car with children from the gas station.

On December 10, 2020, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and two complaints were returned charging 26-year old Christopher Ausgo Thomas with Kidnapping and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  Thomas is currently in the Bell County Jail.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE LOCATE STOLEN CAR

Killeen, TX (December 8, 2020): Officers locate a male suspect after he stole a car with two children inside in the 3400 block of West Stan Schlueter. 

The Killeen Police Department received a 911 call on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at approximately 3:00 p.m., about a car being stolen.  Upon the officers’ arrival, the victim told officers that she walked inside the gas station, when she noticed a male get in her vehicle, a white Kia, and drove off with her two children in the backseat.  The vehicle was last seen traveling westbound on Stan Schlueter. 

Assisting officers immediately saturated the area and they located the Kia.  The suspect driver came to a stop at a parking lot at 4001 W. Stan Schlueter and he was taken into custody without incident.  The 2- and 7-year old children were located inside the vehicle unharmed.  For precautionary measures, paramedics checked the welfare of the children and were returned safely to their mother. 

“This is a reminder about not leaving your keys in an unattended vehicle.  In a matter of seconds, a thief looks for easy access to commit a crime of opportunity.  The officers with Days A Shift did an outstanding job locating the suspect and safely returning the children,” stated Assistant Chief Donohue.  

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Locate Suspect in Stolen Car

Killeen, TX (December 8, 2020): Officers locate a male suspect after he stole a car with two children inside in the 3400 block of West Stan Schlueter.

The Killeen Police Department received a 911 call on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at approximately 3:00 p.m., about a car being stolen. Upon the officers’ arrival, the victim told officers that she walked inside the gas station, when she noticed a male get in her vehicle, a white Kia, and drove off with her two children in the backseat. The vehicle was last seen traveling westbound on Stan Schlueter.

Assisting officers immediately saturated the area and they located the Kia. The suspect driver came to a stop at a parking lot at 4001 W. Stan Schlueter and he was taken into custody without incident. The 2- and 7-year old children were located inside the vehicle unharmed. For precautionary measures, paramedics checked the welfare of the children and were returned safely to their mother.

“This is a reminder about not leaving your keys in an unattended vehicle. In a matter of seconds, a thief looks for easy access to commit a crime of opportunity. The officers with Days A Shift did an outstanding job locating the suspect and safely returning the children,” stated Assistant Chief Donohue.

Investigation is ongoing and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrests Two Robbery Suspects

Killeen, TX (December 1, 2020): On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at approximately 8:03 a.m., officers responded to an Aggravated Robbery at the Lucky Treasures Game Room located at 4302 E. Rancier Ave. The victim reported that an unknown white male entered the business wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, with the hood over his head and a mask over his face. The suspect pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk complied and the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Through the investigation, detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit were able to identify two suspects, with one being the getaway driver. The case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and complaints were returned, charging 40-year-old Franklin Derek Cepeda Camacho and 31-year-old Courtney Michelle Maldonado with Aggravated Robbery. On Monday, November 30, 2020, Camacho and Maldonado were located and arrested without incident. Both are currently in the Bell County Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Shooting on Onion Road

Killeen, TX (November 24, 2020):  The Killeen Police Department was called on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at approximately 10:50 p.m., to a residence in the 4900 block of Onion Road, in reference to a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male victim in the area suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was airlifted to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in critical condition. 

Through the investigation, Violent Crimes Unit detectives found that a domestic disturbance occurred between husband, wife and son at their residence.  The son was taken into custody, on scene, for the shooting of his father.        

The case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on Sunday, November 22, 2020 and a complaint was returned charging 21-year old Mohammed Ali Qurashi with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  He was later arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Monday, November 23, 2020, and his bond was set at $100,000.  

Today, November 24, 2020, detectives were advised that the victim, 57-year old Qutub Uddin Qurashi, succumbed to his injuries at Baylor Scott and White Hospital and was pronounced deceased at 2:23 p.m. by Justice of the Peace GW Ivey.

Mohammed Ali Qurashi was transferred to and remains in custody at the Bell County Jail.  Detectives continue their investigation into this offense.