Wanted For Murder *CAPTURED*

UPDATE: Cody Stage was captured in Logan, Oklahoma, last night by the US Marshall’s Service.


Cody Ryan Stage is being sought in connection with the November 2020 murder of Donald Best in the 1400 blk of Taylor. Stage bonded out in February and is currently on the run after cutting off his ankle monitor.

Anyone with any information about Stage, or his whereabouts, should contact us immediately. Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1000 reward for information leading to his arrest/board approval.

To provide a tip or information call Crime Stoppers at (940)322-9888.

Stage should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS!


The subject pictured below, Christopher Franklin Payne, is WANTED for the MURDER of Bobby Joe Fernandez that occurred in the 1400 blk of 32nd Street on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

If you have any information, please contact detectives at 940-761-7793 or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.


Last night, at approx 11:24pm, officers responded to a residence in the 2100 blk of Grant St in reference to a stabbing. The victim, 45 year old Katherine Acuna, was pronounced dead on scene. Following an investigation, the boyfriend of the victim, 45 year old Narciso Caso Espinosa, was arrested for the murder and booked into the Wichita County Jail.

Man Charged With Sexual Assault After Chase


On 05-04-20, officers were dispatched to a local residence in reference to a sexual assault. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect, later identified as 51 year old Paul Russell, fleeing the scene in a white camaro. Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop but Russell refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit lasted approximately 33 minutes and covered 26 miles. Officers were finally able to get Russell stopped in the 3900 blk of Fairway. Russell was taken into custody at that point without further incident and a handgun was found in the car. Russell was taken to jail and charged with:

Sexual Assault
Evading Arrest
Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon

2 Arrested for Multiple Charges Including Weapons/Theft

combs grant

On 04-09-20, while investigating a series of vehicle burglaries nearby (Flo and Carlson area), officers observed 18 year old Jaylon Combs Richardson in the parking lot of the Wal-mart on Greenbriar. Combs Richardson was known to have an outstanding active warrant for Robbery. Combs Richardson was on foot and in the company of another male who was later identified as 19 year old Elijah Grant. When officers approached them, Combs Richardson was apprehended without incident. Grant took off running but was caught.


Combs Richardson was found to be in possession of a firearm that was stolen in one of the nearby vehicle burglaries. He was charged with the following:

  • Robbery (warrant)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon
  • Theft of a Firearm
  • Possession of Marijuana

Grant was found to be in possession of a firearm that was taken a few days ago in a non-related vehicle burglary. He was charged with the following:

  • Evading Arrest
  • Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
  • Theft of a Firearm.

Stop Domestic Violence


During this pandemic quarantine, law enforcement agencies across the country are seeing a rise in domestic violence calls.  Our agency has a zero tolerance for domestic violence which means that victims will be cared for and offenders will be arrested.  Violence is never the answer.  We should be working together, not against each other.  Here are some resources that are available:

To report a domestic violence emergency, call us by using 9-1-1.  We are still here for you!

Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

First Step, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer emergency shelter, counseling, empowerment programs, and many forms of advocacy.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, the First Step Administrative office is closed to walk-ins but they can still be reached at (940) 723-7799. If you are looking for services, please call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-658-2683.  They can still do services such as counseling over the telephone.

There is also a National Domestic Violence hotline available.  The number is 1-800-799-SAFE.  They can also be reached online at https://www.thehotline.org/help/.  Callers to The Hotline can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, online instructional materials, safety planning, and more local resources.  There is also an online chat feature on the website offering the same services as the above mentioned phone line.

WFPD Arrests San Antonio Man on Multiple Charges to Include Aggravated Assault


Ken Esparza

On Friday, February 28th, at approximately 11:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2700 block of Central Fwy, Walmart, in reference to a disturbance.  As officers were responding they were advised that a Hispanic male was attempting to break into the gun cabinet that is located in the sporting goods section of the store.  Officers were also advised that the suspect was armed with a baseball bat.  At one point officers were told it was a possible active shooter situation.

When officers arrived they located several subjects inside the store that appeared distressed and were telling officers that the suspect was at the sporting goods section.  Officers immediately responded to that area where they located a Hispanic male, who was later identified as 38 year old Ken Esparza from San Antonio.  Officers observed Esparza holding a bat.  The gun cabinet glass was broken and a firearm had been removed.  When officers went to place handcuffs on him he began to resist, however they were able to get him into custody without further incident.  Esparza first gave officers a false name, but after further investigation they were able to determine his true identity.

Esparza was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, theft of a firearm, resisting arrest, and failure to identify.  There were no reported injuries.





Thomas Henry Banks, age 24, is wanted for AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. If you have any information about Banks, or know his whereabouts, please call us at 940-720-5000 or call anonymously Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers @ 940-322-9888.

Your information can help bring this fugitive to justice!

All WANTED subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.