On 08-13-21, at approx 1345hrs, officers responded to a bomb threat at Hirschi High School. Over the course of the next hour, 4 more threats came in at Rider, Old High, Barwise, and Kirby.
All 5 schools activated their emergency protocols and evacuated the students while the buildings were cleared in a multi-jurisdictional effort. Once the buildings had been cleared and no bombs were found, students were returned to the schools for their normal dismissal activites.
This is the second day in a row that these types of threats have been called in. We are asking anyone with any information about who may be making these threats to call us immediately. Terroristic Threats are a violation of the law and will be taken seriously.
Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers is offering a $2500 reward in the case. To call in an anonymous tip, please call 940-322-9888.
UPDATE: The building has been cleared and no bombs were found. However, the case will remain under investigation. Terroristic Threats are a violation of the law and will be taken seriously. If any one has any information about this threat, or know who may have called it in, please call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.
Wichita Falls Police and Fire Units, along with resources from Sheppard Air Force Base, are on scene at Old High, 2149 Avenue H, due to a reported bomb threat.
At this time, all students and faculty have been evacuated. Most students have left for the day or have been picked up from school.
As a precaution, all participating agencies will remain on the scene until the investigation is complete and the building has been cleared.
Although no bomb has been located at this time, we do ask the public to avoid the area until further notice.
We will update you with more information as soon as we have it.
On 08-11-21, at approx. 1108 hrs, WFPD officers located a red Kia Sportage with an inoperable brake light travelling northbound on Kemp. The vehicle also matched the description of one used in a recent Aggravated Robbery case. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle would not stop and attempted to flee, breaking several other traffic laws in the process. The vehicle was subsequently stopped at the intersection of 8th & Denver and the driver, 18-year-old Sara Chandler, was arrested and charged with Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle.
Prior to the stop, two males had exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Both males, who had active felony arrest warrants, were captured in the area and arrested. They were identified as 22-year-old Javier Castro and 21-year-old Remarcus Donnell.
Javier Castro had an active warrant (01-162341, $750,000.00 Bond) for an Aggravated Robbery that occurred at Sam’s Dollar Saver, 1400 Holliday St., on 08-09-21 (WFPD Case #21-08535). He was also charged with Evading Arrest/Detention and Resisting Arrest/Search/Transportation.
Remarcus Donnell had an active warrant (01-162336, $750,000.00 Bond) for Burglary of a Habitation with the Intent to Commit Other Felony from a home invasion type burglary that occurred on 08-04-21 in the 1300 blk of Bell St. (WFPD Case #21-08238). He was also charged with Evading Arrest/Detention.
It should be noted that we also served an arrest warrant for Burglary of a Habitation with the Intent to Commit Other Felony on 20-year-old Lonnie Clark yesterday for the Bell St. burglary mentioned above (01-162335, $750,000.00 Bond). He was already in custody for other crimes, so the warrant was served at the jail.
Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers tips were instrumental in both cases, and we would like to thank the community for their support and participation in keeping Wichita Falls safe!
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!
On 04-22-20, at approx 7:17pm, officers responded to the 5500 Blk of Professional Drive (Highpoint Village Apartments) in reference to a disturbance/fight.
Upon officer arrival, 20 year old Damon King tried to leave the scene in a vehicle but was stopped. When officers approached King they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
During a probable cause search, a handgun was found under the drivers seat. It had been spray painted gold in an attempt to hide the identifiers. Officers were able to find the serial number under the paint. Records check revealed that the gun had had been stolen out of Vernon, Texas.
King was arrested and charged with Theft of a Firearm.
On 04-12-20, at approx 7:40am, officers were dispatched to the 4600 blk of Lois Ln in reference to a suspicious vehicle that was parked behind a residence. Upon arrival, the vehicle was located. It was occupied by 2 subjects, 40 year old Michael White and 39 year old Shawna Byrd. When the subjects exited the vehicle, officers observed drug paraphernalia in the floorboard. Further investigation revealed the occupants to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and various pills not prescribed to them. Both White and Byrd were arrested and charged with the following:
On Monday April 8th at approximately 8:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4800 block of Johnson Rd in reference to a possible burglary. Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that 22 year old Ryan Downey forced entry into her apartment, assaulted her, stole a necklace, took her car keys and drove off with her 2013 black Chevrolet Impala.
WFPD Officers observed a 2013 black Chevrolet Impala driving in the area of McNiel and Call Field and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as Downey, refused to pull over and began to speed away in an apparent attempt to evade police. Downey struck a curb in the 4300 block of Seymour Rd at which time he jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was caught by officers in the 4300 block of Seymour Hwy.
Downey was transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident where he was charged with burglary of a habitation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading.
Today at approximately 10:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of 13th to Prine’s BBQ in reference to a possible aggravated robbery.
Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that a white male wearing a grey hooded sweater with tattoos on his neck came into the business and displayed what he believed to be a handgun and demanded money. The victim advised that they did not have any to give him. The suspect then fled the scene on foot with another white male who was described as wearing a green jacket.
A witness told officers that two males matching the description of the suspects were seen running into a vacant house near 13th and Burnett. Officers responded to an address in the 1300 block of Burnett and located two subjects matching the suspect descriptions. One of the subjects who was identified as 39 Year old Shawn Hankins told officers, “I tried to rob Prine’s.” The second suspect was identified as 44 year old Michael Lewis. Hankins stated to police that he had rolled up a belt and placed it in his waist band to appear as if it were a handgun.
Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with aggravated robbery and criminal trespass.
On Monday, February 4th, at approximately 3:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of Sunset in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival officers spoke to the victim who stated that a neighbor, who was later identified as 18 year old Michael Scanlin, threatened to attack the victim with dogs and a shotgun.
The victim stated that he had a heated argument with his neighbor, Scanlin. Scanlin and another subject went inside Scanlin’s residence only to return outside a few minutes later with their large dogs. The victim said that Scanlin and his friend walked the dogs into the middle of the street in front of his house while threatening to let them loose on him. The victim said that he had two dogs himself who ran off of the porch and he had to grab them.
The victim advised police that he felt threatened by Scanlin so he grabbed a large flashlight and walked out into his yard to defend himself. That`s when Scanlin ran back across the street to his residence and got a shotgun. Scanlin began waiving the shotgun around threatening to kill the victim.
While speaking with officers Scanlin made the comment that he told the victim to come out to the street and fight.
Scanlin was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with aggravated assault.
On Tuesday, November 13th, at approximately 7:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of Central Fwy to the Exxon gas station in reference to an occupied vehicle check. The reporting party believed that there were two subjects, a white male and a black male, in a silver Dodge Ram with a U-Haul trailer attached attempting to sell stolen property.
Upon arrival officers located the vehicle and the two subjects. The white male was identified as 35 year old Justin Davis. As officers began investigating it was determined that the Dodge pickup was stolen out of New Mexico. As officers attempted to place Davis into custody he attempted to flee from officers as well as resist them. Officers deployed their Taser at which time he was taken into custody without further incident.
Officers located a handgun under the driver seat of the vehicle. A check on the firearm revealed that it was stolen out of New Mexico as well. Officers mirandized Davis at which time he advised officers he had stolen both the vehicle and the firearm. Davis also advised officers that he had just met the black male that was there and that he had no knowledge of the theft. After a check on the subject he was released at the scene.
Further investigation revealed that the U-Haul trailer had been stolen out of Oklahoma and Davis was in possession of 8.87 grams of a substance that rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine which he attempted to destroy while on scene.
Davis was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm , theft, tampering with evidence, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting and evading.