More Bomb Threats at Local Schools

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.

Bomb Threat Investigation – All Clear

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.

Fugitives Captured After Failed Evading Attempt

GREAT WORK BY EVERYONE INVOLVED TODAY!!!

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!

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.