Accident Claims the Life of a Child

***UPDATE TO PREVIOUS NEWS RELEASE***

It grieves our hearts at the WFPD to notify our city family that the three-old child involved in the injury crash on 07-21-21 has passed away. Titan Pendleton died at 9:19 pm on 07-26-21 at Cooks Children’s Medical Center. Sgt. Paul Newton of the WFPD Crash Investigations Unit advised criminal charges are expected to be filed on the mother. Please pray for Titan’s family and our city as we grieve the loss of one of our little one.

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE:

WFPD officers responded on 07-21-21, at about 3:34 pm, to an injury crash at N. Martin Luther King Blvd and Wichita Street. According to witnesses, a white Dodge Charger was traveling west on Wichita. The Charger was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. As the Charger approached the intersection, the driver failed to stop and was attempting to turn south onto N. Martin Luther King Blvd. A gray Audi Q7 was traveling north on N. Martin Luther King Blvd in the right lane. The driver of the Audi did not have time to stop when the Charger pulled out in front of him. The Audi struck the left passenger compartment of the Charger.

A three-year-old child was sitting in a child safety seat on the side of the impact but was not secured in the child safety seat. The child and the driver of the Charger, the child’s mother, were transported to the hospital.

The child sustained serious injuries and was flown to Cooks Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Tx. The child’s mother also sustained injuries and was being evaluated at the hospital.

Murder Suspect Arrested

Ramon Rubio was arrested by the WFPD SWAT team during the execution of a search warrant at 703 Barwise street on 07-24-21 at 8:21 pm. Rubio will be charged with the Murder warrant as well as an additional felony arrest warrant for the offense of Assault/Family Violence- Choking with a bond of $150,000.00.

Great work by all law enforcement officers involved in this investigation and arrest!

The WFPD thanks you, our citizens, for your support of our agency as we continue to serve you.

Please call the WFPD non-emergency line at 940-720-5000 or the WFPD Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888 if you have information that could help in the investigation and prosecution of these cases against Ramon Rubio.

FY 2021 3rd Quarter Comprehensive STEP Stat Totals

The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, distracted driving (cell phones), and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Offices, Constable’s Offices, and local Police Departments.

The following hazardous citations were written during the 3rd Quarter (April – June) Comprehensive STEP.

Speed – 406

Intersections – 20

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 2

Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 29

Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 0

In addition to the hazardous citations, the following citations, warnings or arrests were issued or made.

Non- Hazardous – 54

Written Warnings – 103

Arrests – 1

A total of 243 STEP hours were worked by officers and 2,364 miles were driven.

FY 2021 Comprehensive STEP totals to date:

Speed – 1167

Intersections – 49

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 3

Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 29

Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 0

Non- Hazardous – 158

Written Warnings – 318

Arrests – 1

Hours Worked – 708

Miles Driven – 6199

Remember to buckle up and slow down.  Your life and the lives of others depend on it!

#EndtheStreakTX

Arrest Made – ATM Theft

On 07-20-2021, at approximately 5:00am, WFPD patrol officers observed a truck backed up to an ATM at First Capital Bank, 2405 Kell East. Officers began to converge on the area and the vehicle fled the scene stopping behind the Cinemark Theater on Judson Circle. Patrol chased after the suspects and one suspect was caught on the front side of the theater.

The suspect was identified as 23 year old Seth Solomon Ashton Brashears. Investigation revealed that the truck being used had been stolen prior to the Attempted Theft of the ATM.

Brashears was arrested and charged with multiple crimes: Theft of Property < $300,000 ATM, Evading Arrest & Detention, and Possession of a Controlled Substance >= 1G < 4G.

The case is still under investigation.

If anyone has any other information about this crime, please contact us or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.

Congratulations to Deputy Chief Gilmore

Congratulations to Deputy Chief Guy Gilmore for recently graduating from the LEMIT Leadership Command College. Chief Manuel Borrego had the honor of being the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony for Class 89.

The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. The program concluded on June 25, 2021 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.

Each of the three 3-week modules attended by participants in the program is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts. Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication, and personnel management issues. The Command College curriculum also strives to keep participants on top of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.

This program is one of many offered by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Institute, known as “LEMIT,” has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987. LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs, and the leadership program, which is one of the premiere law enforcement academies in the nation. No tax monies are necessary to support LEMIT, which is funded by a surcharge on criminal court costs, affording eligible Texas Law Enforcement managers and executive’s essential professional development.

Between one and two thousand Texas law enforcement personnel benefit from LEMIT training each year.

Child Death Investigation Arrests Made

WFPD Officers responded to the URHCS emergency room on 06-11-21, at 11:48 pm, to investigate the death of a one-year-old child. The child had been transported by a personally owned vehicle to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

On 06-18-21, based on the investigation, WFPD detectives obtained arrest warrants for the child’s parents for the offense of Injury to a Child, Elderly, or Disable Person with a bond of $500,000.00 each.

The parents, 24-year-old Christian Bishop-Torrence and 22-year-old Sage Wright were arrested on 06-18-2021 at about 8:00 pm at 1005 Westerly Place in Wichita Falls and transported to jail.

The investigation is on-going.

WFPD Fur-Ever Friday – Meet Boots

WFPD FUR-EVER FRIDAY!!!

Meet WFPD Dispatch Trainer Brittany Clark and this week’s adoptable pet, Boots!

Boots is a 3 year old male Australian Cattle Dog looking for his fur-ever home. He is very loving, good natured, calm but playful, and he loves cats.

If you would like to adopt Boots or schedule a visit, please contact Animal Services at (940)761-8894 or stop by the facility at 1207 Hatton Rd.

You can also visit their adoption page at: https://bit.ly/3czEqi1

As mentioned above, boots is pictured with WFPD Dispatch Trainer Brittany Clark. In July, she will be celebrating her 8 year anniversary with the department. One of the things Brittany loves about her job is making difference in the community she serves.

Brittany, thank you for everything you do, especially helping Boots find his new family! We appreciate you!

BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED

On 06-13-21, at approx 1249 hours, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 blk of N. 7th in reference to a burglary of a building at that location.

The victim told officers that he was out of town when he got a motion alert on his phone from his home camera system. When he looked at his phone, he saw a blue Saturn under his carport and a white male, wearing a blue shirt, with his face up close to the camera. When he got home, he found that the lock on his shed had been cut and several of his tools had been stolen from inside.

Based on the information, officers searched the area and located a blue Saturn getting gas in the 2400 blk of Iowa Park Rd. As officers got closer, they discovered that the male in the driver’s seat matched the description of the burglary suspect and was wearing the same shirt.

The suspect was identified as Raymond North.

In plain view, officers could see a pair of bolt cutters and the stolen tools inside the car.

North was arrested for Burglary of a Building and transported to jail.

The vehicle was impounded and more of the stolen tools were recovered from the trunk.

Great job by everyone involved in this arrest and investigation!

Fur-Ever Friday is Back!!!

UPDATE: On Saturday, just one day after this ran on social media, Lotus was adopted and found her new fur-ever home! Thank you!!!!

FUR-EVER FRIDAY IS BACK!!!!

Meet WFPD Front Desk Community Service Officer Monique Shull and this week’s adoptable pet, Lotus.

Lotus is a 3 year old female Boxer looking for her fur-ever home. She is very loving, good natured, calm, and she loves cats. If you would like to adopt Lotus or schedule a visit, please contact Animal Services at (940)761-8894 or stop by the facility at 1207 Hatton Rd. You can also visit their adoption page at: https://bit.ly/3czEqi1

As mentioned above, Lotus is pictured with WFPD CSO Monique Shull. She is one of our newest employees and has only been with us for about 6 months. She loves her job and enjoys helping the citizens (and pets) of our community.

Monique, thank you for everything you do, especially helping Lotus find her new family! We appreciate you!