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

Killeen Police Investigate a Aggravated Assault on Henderson

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, at approximately 1:12 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Henderson Street in reference to a 911 call about an aggravated assault. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a female lying on the ground not breathing. Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to Advent Health and subsequently transported to Baylor Scott & White in Temple in critical condition.  The suspect had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival but was located near Sprott Avenue and College Street. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect were involved in a verbal altercation when the suspect grabbed the victim and threw her off the balcony. 

This case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on June 26, 2020, and a complaint was returned charging Raymond Antonio Rivera, 35, with Aggravated Assault Causes Serious Bodily Injury.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Rivera and set his bond at $500,000.  Rivera is currently in the Bell County Jail.

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, the victim, Nilsa Maria Arce, 50, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 10:25 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Ivey at the hospital. 

This case continues to be investigated and other charges are pending. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Extra Patrols During the Fourth of July Holiday

The Killeen Police Department would like to remind residents of the Fourth of July holiday and with it comes the responsibility of families to celebrate safely and legally. 

Fireworks are illegal to discharge within city limits and it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks within the corporate limits of the city and within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending outside the city limits for a distance of five thousand (5,000) feet, unless such area is within the corporate limits of another municipality.  Any person in violation may be charged with a class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $2,000.00.

The department will have extra patrol units conducting a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) enforcement operation during the evening and into the night of July 4th.  This consists of placing dedicated resources in specific enforcement zones throughout the city, with the specific missions of traffic safety enforcement and DWI interdiction.  This effort was made possible through our partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and the 2020 Comprehensive STEP grant. 

Drivers are encouraged to observe the posted speed limits and to avoid drinking and driving for their own safety and the safety of others.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Respond to Several Burglaries over the Weekend

This past weekend, officers responded to several burglaries of Houses of Worship within the City.   Officers were told that an unknown person(s) forced entry into the buildings and vandalized them, also stealing property. 

The suspect targeted the following:

  1. Freedom Fellowship Center located at 813 S. WS Young Drive
  2. Abundant Life Church of God located at 1210 Florence Road
  3. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1410 S. 2nd Street
  4. Killeen Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church located at 3705 Zephyr Road
  5. Marlboro Heights Baptist Church located at 800 R A Abercrombie Drive
  6. Cal Community Center located at 1002 Jeffries Avenue

On Sunday, June 28th, officers were dispatched to the Cal Community Center located at 1002 Jeffries Avenue in reference to a Burglary of a Building.  Officers were in the area and located a suspect matching the description provided to them from previous reports.  At approximately 1:29 p.m., the suspect was detained and arrested without incident and transported to the Killeen City Jail. 

This case was presented for review to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 and a complaint was returned charging Chad Michael Carrion, 31, with Burglary of a Building.  Carrion was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin who set his bond at $50,000.  Carrion is currently is the Bell County Jail.

These burglaries continue to be investigated and additional charges are pending. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Update to Suspect Located

On Tuesday, June 30th, late in the evening hours, Special Agents with the Army Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Division contacted the Killeen Police Department and the U.S. Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in reference to a person of interest in the missing soldier case from Fort Hood, Vanessa Guillen.   We were informed that the person of interest had left the post and was inside the City of Killeen.   During the course of the investigation, information was provided on the location of the suspect.  The suspect was located walking in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue and as officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect produced a weapon and committed suicide by shooting himself.  The suspect was pronounced deceased at 1:17 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at the scene. 

The person of interest was an active duty soldier and his name has been withheld pending notification next of kin through the Army Casualty Assistance Office. 

Any further inquiries to the investigation regarding Vanessa Guillen will be directed to the Army Fort Hood CID. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Locates Suspect for Other Agency

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Killeen Police Department along with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted investigators with the Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Division in one of their criminal cases.  At approximately 1:29 a.m., officers located the suspect in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue.  As officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect displayed a weapon and discharged it towards himself.  The suspect succumbed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.   

More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Third Person Arrested in Homicide

UPDATE – June 23, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Bell County Attorney’s Office issued a directive to apprehend for a 15 year-old male juvenile and he was charged with Capital Murder.  The juvenile was taken into custody and is currently in the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.

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

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UPDATE – June 22, 2020

The investigation revealed that Breez Breann Collier, 24, of Harker Heights and Jessica Helen Hampton, 18, of Killeen, agreed to meet with the victim, Shareef Ali-Barnett on the night of the Murder.  Both Collier and Hampton planned and worked together to carry out a robbery of Shareef.  During the commission of that robbery, Shareef Ali-Barnett was shot and killed.   The forensic evidence, as well as surveillance video; corroborated witness statements of the crime.

Collier and Hampton were arrested by the members of the United States Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in the 1000 block of Central Texas Expressway in Killeen on outstanding warrants and possession of controlled substance. 

On June 21, 2020, the Bell County Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and complaints were returned charging Breez Breann Collier and Jessica Helen Hampton with Murder. 

Both were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin who set their bond at $1,000,000 and are currently in the Bell County Jail.

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UPDATE – June 16, 2020

The name of the victim has been identified as 24 year-old Shareef Raekwon Alibarnett.

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

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Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Evergreen.

On Sunday, June 14, 2020, at approximately 1:59 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Evergreen Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a male lying at the intersection of Florence Road and Evergreen Drive with a gunshot wound and not breathing.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the male deceased at 2:52 am on scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrests Two in Homicide

UPDATE – June 22, 2020

The investigation revealed that Breez Breann Collier, 24, of Harker Heights and Jessica Helen Hampton, 18, of Killeen, agreed to meet with the victim, Shareef Ali-Barnett on the night of the Murder.  Both Collier and Hampton planned and worked together to carry out a robbery of Shareef.  During the commission of that robbery, Shareef Ali-Barnett was shot and killed.   The forensic evidence, as well as surveillance video; corroborated witness statements of the crime.

Collier and Hampton were arrested by the members of the United States Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in the 1000 block of Central Texas Expressway in Killeen on outstanding warrants and possession of controlled substance. 

On June 21, 2020, the Bell County Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and complaints were returned charging Breez Breann Collier and Jessica Helen Hampton with Murder. 

Both were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin who set their bond at $1,000,000 and are currently in the Bell County Jail.

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UPDATE – June 16, 2020

The name of the victim has been identified as 24 year-old Shareef Raekwon Alibarnett.

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

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Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Evergreen.

On Sunday, June 14, 2020, at approximately 1:59 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Evergreen Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a male lying at the intersection of Florence Road and Evergreen Drive with a gunshot wound and not breathing.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the male deceased at 2:52 am on scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Fatal Crash on State Highway 195

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, at approximate 3:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of State Highway 195 and FM 2484 in reference a 911 call about a major crash involving a black 2009 Dodge Ram pick-up truck and a tan 2001 Toyota Sienna van.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Toyota was stopped at a stop sign facing westbound on FM 2484 attempting to turn left onto SH 195.  The Dodge was traveling northbound on SH 195 in the inside lane approaching the intersection, when the driver of the Toyota failed to yield-right of way-stop sign to the Dodge and entered the intersection, causing the Dodge to strike the left side of the Toyota.  The Dodge was occupied by the operator and a front seat passenger and was treated on scene.   The Toyota was occupied by the driver, a front seat passenger and the back right passenger.  The front seat passenger of the Toyota was transported to Baylor Scott and White in stable condition. 

The driver, Amanda Dawn Dixon Williams, 40, and the back right passenger, Katie Marie Burch, 15, of the Toyota were pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at 4:40 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