KPD Arrests Four Suspects in Multiple Armed Robberies

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, shortly after 9:00 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the area of Gemini Lane in reference to an aggravated robbery.  The victim told officers that they were approached by several black males who were armed with a gun.  The suspects allegedly demanded the victims to hand over their belongings and money and were last seen leaving the area in a white sedan.  A few minutes later, Officers responded to the 4900 block of Teal Dr in reference to a similar robbery.

Two more robberies were reported just after midnight on Monday, October 9, 2017. Officers were dispatched to the first robbery in the 2600 block of Maria Drive, where the victims reported they were robbed at gunpoint.  The suspects were said to have fled the area in a white sedan with the victim’s wallet and cell phones.  The second call was reported from the 4100 block of Bowles Drive.  The suspects’ descriptions and method of operation appeared similar to that of the previous three robberies. While officers were in route, they located a white sedan in the area matching the description of the suspect vehicle reported by the victims.  The officers’ conducted a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle and detained two juveniles and two adults.

Through subsequent investigation, officers’ located property belonging to two of the victims.  The juveniles were transported to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center and the two adults were transported to the Killeen City Jail awaiting charges.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Child Involved in Hit-and-Run Released from Hospital

October 6, 2017 – UPDATE

Officers with the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit have located the silver Dodge Charger and have determined that this vehicle did not strike the child.  New information was obtained that a dark blue or black sedan with a round emblem on the front and silver tinted windows struck the child. 

 Officers are seeking witnesses who my have information about this crash to contact the Killeen Police Department at 254-501-8830 or Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477). 

The 5 yer-old boy has been released from the hospital and is doing well.

Killeen Police Investigate a Hit and Run Crash Involving a Child

On September 24, 2017, at approximately 12:12 p.m., Killeen Police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian in the 800 block of Jeffries Ave.  Upon arrival, officers located a 5 year-old boy who had been struck by a vehicle that subsequently fled the scene.  The boy was transported to McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple by Killeen Fire Department Ambulance.  At this time, the severity of the child’s injuries are unknown, but they appear to be serious.

Witnesses reported that a late-model silver Dodge Charger with black diagonal stripes on the side was traveling southbound on Jeffries when it struck the child.  After striking the boy, the Charger stopped for a moment a couple of houses down.  A late-model red Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger that appeared to be traveling with the Charger stopped alongside.  After a few moments, both vehicles left the scene, southbound on Jeffries.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Phone System is back in Operation

The Killeen Police Department Non-Emergency Phone line, (254) 501-8830 is back in operation.

Thank you for your patience.

The Killeen Police Department non-emergency phone system is temporarily down. If you need police assistance please contact (254) 933-5571 until further notice.

If you have an emergency please call 911.

We will keep you posted once the system is back up and operational.

Thank you

Killeen Police investigate afternoon bank robbery at the Heart of Texas Federal Credit Union.

Officers responded to 1612 South Fort Hood Street, at 1:22 p.m., after receiving a 911 call letting them know the Heart of Texas Federal Credit Union had just been robbed.  Officers were told that a male entered the bank and displayed a note to the teller, demanding money.  The suspect fled in an unknown direction on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a black male with a slender build and was last seen wearing a red ball cap, a white t-shirt, red jean shorts, white tennis shoes and sunglasses.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Bank Robbery or can identify the suspect, 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 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 three late night shootings.

Officers responded to three 911 calls in reference to shots fired between 11:30 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017 and 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.  The first call was reported from the 2000 block of Schwald Road, the second from the 2000 block of Prestige Loop and the third from the 600 block of Estelle Avenue.  Detectives are in the early stages of the investigation to ascertain if these shootings are related. There were reports of damage to vehicles and residences and fortunately no one reported any injuries.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about these shootings, 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 responsible for these shootings, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies Homicide Victim

October 2, 2017 – UPDATE

The shooting victim from the Homicide in the 700 block of Reese Creek Road has been identified as 39 year-old Stephen M. Rowe of California.

Detectives continue to investigate this Homicide and information will be released as it becomes available.
On September 28, 2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Killeen Police responded to the 700 block of Reese Creek Road, near the Maxdale Road intersection, in reference to a man down call.  Upon arrival, officers met with a U.S. Postal Carrier who was delivering mail in the area.  The mail carrier reported that he was traveling westbound on Reese Creek Rd and observed the person lying in the roadway.  The male subject was deceased and had an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim is a black male, approximately 30 years old, and has not been positively identified.

The victim was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown.  An autopsy was ordered.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this case 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.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Possible Rabid Bat Found in Killeen

For Immediate Release

 

On September 23, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a dog found a dead bat in the 2300 block of  E. Veteran’s Memorial Blvd.  The dog, a 14 week-old Chihuahua, brought the bat to its owner, who in turn brought it to Killeen Animal Services.  Following protocol, the bat was sent to The Texas Department of State Health Services – Laboratory Services in Austin for testing.  Animal Services was notified that the tests were inconclusive and must be treated as though they are positive.

This public notification is required in such cases.  There is no other evidence of rabies in the area.  Anyone observing a dead animal, one appearing sick or behaving strangely should contact the Killeen Police Department, Animal Services at 254-501-8800 immediately.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

The Killeen Police Department Conducts Traffic Detail in Conjunction with National Rail Safety Week

For Immediate Release

 

This week is National Rail Safety Awareness Week.  The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit, along with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Police Department, worked a traffic enforcement detail today at the railroad crossing on State Highway 195 (Fort Hood St.)   Six Killeen PD Traffic Officers and one BNSF Special Agent participated in the detail and stopped vehicles for violations of the Texas Transportation Code pertaining to railroad crossings.  The detail began today at approximately 10:30 a.m. and was completed at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Forty vehicles were stopped during the detail and officers issued 53 citations for the following:

30 for stopping within 15 feet of a railroad track

5 for disregarding railroad signal lights (Official Traffic Control Device)

5 for stopping on the railroad tracks

13 for other non-hazardous violations (Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, No Driver’s License, etc.)

 

The Killeen Police Department wants to remind the public to observe all railroad warning signs.  It is unsafe and unlawful to disregard warning signals and stop on or within 15 feet of the tracks.

Please drive safely.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

The Killeen Police Department Investigates a Shooting on Reese Creek Road

For Immediate Release

 

On September 28, 2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Killeen Police responded to the 700 block of Reese Creek Road, near the Maxdale Road intersection, in reference to a man down call.  Upon arrival, officers met with a U.S. Postal Carrier who was delivering mail in the area.  The mail carrier reported that he was traveling westbound on Reese Creek Rd and observed the person lying in the roadway.  The male subject was deceased and had an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim is a black male, approximately 30 years old, and has not been positively identified.

The victim was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown.  An autopsy was ordered.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this case 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