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Oh Snap! Burglar Caught on Camera

The Dallas Police Department is once again calling on its great citizens to help identify a burglary suspect.

On February 10, 2016, between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. a Black male suspect was captured on video after forcing entry into a residence located in the 2700 block of Mayhew Drive. The suspect forced entry through the victims residential window, entered and took property. The suspect was captured inside the residence on surveillance video going through the victims belongings. The suspect was wearing a distinctive shirt with BLVD on the back. It is believed that the same suspect may have previously burglarized the same location. This offense is documented on case number 033644-2016

If you have any information regarding this offense or know the identity of this suspect, contact Detective Jeff Robinson at 214-670-7762. (featured image from dreamtime.com)

 

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DPD’s Pets of the Week – Lee and Snow

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DPD’s Pet of the Week is Lee, #A927518.  Lee is a 5 month old puppy who weighs about 11 lbs.  He is a tan Pointer. Lee is micro-chipped, and neutered.  Lee is very well mannered and friendly. He is also shy, but once he warms up is a happy puppy. Currently his adoption fee is $14.00. He has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since February 2, 2016.

This week’s cat is Snow, # A928095. Snow 1 year old Domestic Shorthair. He weighs about 4 lbs, is also micro-chipped, and neutered.Snow 2 He has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since February 9, 2016. The adoption fee for Snow is also $14.00.

Let’s help find Lee and Snow a Furrever home. You can meet them both at the Dallas Animal Services’ main location, 1818 N. Westmoreland, 75212, where they are available for adoption. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 12 noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Pictured with Lee and Snow Officer Soo Nam who is assigned to the Office of Community Affairs. 

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Dallas Police Department’s Quality of Life Initiative

Updated February 12, 2016:

On February 1, 2016, the Police Department began an initiative to address aggressive panhandling in and around the downtown area.

Locations include all of our 7-11 and CVS stores in the downtown area, the curves for SB I-45 to WB I-30 and into the “canyon” area of I-30. We address the West End restaurants and patios along with the businesses along the core of Main, Elm, and Commerce streets.

This is not a zero-tolerance operation, but rather an effort to impact aggressive and unsafe behavior associated with panhandling. While the term can be subjective, we recognize the acts of walking into the streets and highways to approach vehicle occupants and demand money as aggressive. Additionally, blocking or impeding sidewalks in an effort to coerce money from fellow pedestrians is seen as aggressive, as is standing at or in front of a business demanding money as patrons enter and exit, and then shouting obscenities when money is not given.

Officers on-view the aggressive panhandling behavior, then take the subjects into custody and call the paddy wagon.

We also utilize officers in plain clothes to identify aggressive violations. Upon identifying aggressive violations, uniforms take custody and utilize the paddy wagon for transport.

Aggressive panhandling subjects are arrested and taken to Lew Sterrett. If they must be taken to Parkland for pre-existing medical issues, then the officers transport them to Parkland for treatment and issue a citation.

This is not a focus on those who are homeless, but a focus on aggressive panhandlers. Some arrestees have residences. Some have had over $100 dollars on them at the time of arrest. One lives with his parents, and another states he is supplementing his savings account.

During February 1st – 11th the initiative produced the following results:

            138 total violations

            128 custodial arrests

            10 citations

            19 of which had other outstanding warrants

            33 have violent criminal histories

We urge people not to give on the streets. Simply say, “No,” and then go!

While we recognize the desire for some to help those in need, we strongly recommend people seek out a reputable charity that provides assistance and make their contributions to a charitable organization.

We have received a huge positive response and continued support from our downtown stakeholders related to the impact of this initiative.    

 

Updated February 8, 2016:

As mentioned below, on February 1, 2016, the Dallas Police Department put into full effect the Quality of Life Initiative.  During the first week of the initiative, officers worked around the clock to address the concerns of those citizens frustrated by persons aggressively asking for and sometimes demanding money.  Officers observed 91 violations relating to panhandling. Out of those violations, 89 individuals were taken into custody while 2 citations were issued.  The work continues…

 

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FotorCreatedThe Dallas Police Department’s Quality of Life Initiative is in full effect.  This effort is the police department’s response to the outcry from people who live, work, and play in the City of Dallas, who have been approached in an aggressive manner from persons asking for and demanding money.

“We’ve seen an increase in aggressive panhandling in the downtown and surrounding areas over the past few weeks,” said Assistant Chief Gary Tittle, commander of the Strategic Deployment Bureau.  “The citizens are voicing their concerns and we are answering the call.”

Aggressive panhandling is the act of an individual verbally confronting another person, demanding his or her donation.  It’s also defined as impeding the sidewalk or roadway in an effort to receive money.  The initiative is running for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and while this project solely belongs to the Dallas Police Department, the department is working with other agencies who service the downtown area.

“We are going to focus on the downtown and surrounding areas first, and expand accordingly,” Chief Tittle explained.  “One way we are addressing this issue is by educating citizens on other options regarding giving and receiving assistance.”

The initiative is not to stop citizens from giving per se, or stop those in need of assistance from getting help; it’s designed to redirect all citizens to the legal options available for giving and receiving support. Panhandling is illegal in the City of Dallas and it’s classified as a Class C misdemeanor.  There are several options for those desiring assistance.  The Dallas Police Department encourages anyone who is compelled to give to research programs and give through charities, organizations, or even churches. Not all panhandlers are homeless.  Dallas police officers often encounter individuals who are panhandling, however they are not in dire need of assistance, they merely play on the sympathy of citizens who are willing to donate. 

All violators will be detained and possibly arrested.  Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if he or she on views aggressive panhandling, as with any observed offense.

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DallasPAL Boxer: Striving For Greatness

13 year old Oliver Badillo, a Vanston Middle School student, was enrolled in the Dallas PAL Boxing program 6 years ago when his father noticed that he was always getting in fights in their old Pleasant Grove Apartment complex.

But over the weekend, on February 6, 2016, Oliver fought in his first National Championship tournament in Kansas City, MO., and won the Silver Gloves competition in the 106- pound weight class. “It’s a great feeling; you see all your hard work paid off.” Oliver said.

While waking up at 6 a.m., to go run 4 ½ miles before going to school, then heading to the PALS boxing gym afterwards, Oliver said the hardest thing about training for a fight is the dieting part. “Training makes me feel good. I enjoy the work outs, but maintaining weight is hard.” said Oliver. “He has to eat very healthy; I make sure he has lots of fruits and vegetables, along with his protein power bars.” stated the proud mother, Adela Rodriguez.

Dallas Police Senior Corporal Daniel Espinosa, also known as Coach Danny, stated that from the moment he stepped foot into the gym to now; he noticed that his maturity level had grown rapidly. “He is much more disciplined. He works hard on his own; self-initiated. He used to think he knew it all, but now, he knows the importance of listening to his corner.” With improved coordination and confident levels rising, Coach Danny sees a very potential future for young Oliver.

Oliver said that he used to think that police officers were just out in the streets to get the “bad guys”, but now his perception has changed. “They are normal people like you and me. They put a lot of effort to make sure you succeed.” One of the things his mother likes about the Dallas PAL Boxing program is that they feel safe and secure while at the gym and also while traveling to competitions.

With a relaxed mindset before every fight, Oliver can focus on his future to one day becoming a professional boxer like his role model Manny Pacquiao. But in the meantime, his next goal is to return back to the Junior Olympics Championship Fight. “The Jr. Olympics has been my greatest accomplishment…only the best of the best fight.” ~Oliver

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Southeast Officers on Foot Patrol Brighten the Day

Dallas Police Officer Hall and Officer Ransom decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather today by stepping out of their squad car and walking their beat in Southeast Dallas. During their patrol, the officers were approached by a community member. The citizen sent the following email to Southeast Patrol Deputy Chief Stokes about the encounter:

“I was sitting at my desk and I looked out the window because I saw two police officers walking down our driveway through the property…I thought to myself, they must be looking for someone…As they got closer, I could see them smiling…I had to go outside to see why…

The response I got from your two police officers, Officer Hall and Officer Ransom, was, “It is such a nice day outside today, that we thought we would just walk around everywhere today”…WOW.. Needless to say, it made me smile even brighter than what I was…How awesome is that…”

Thank you Officer Hall and Officer Ransom for working hard and making our citizens smile! 

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Community Alert Bulletin

On February 8, 2016, a female victim entered her apartment in the 7300 block of Skillman Street when she encountered an unknown black male suspect inside wearing a black hoodie, black pants and gloves and a mask over his face. The suspect had a weapon and sexually assaulted the victim. He then stole property from the residence, took the victim’s debit card and car keys and fled in the victim’s 2006 gray Lexus. The license plate ends with the numbers 3085.

During the investigation, detectives discovered that approximately 30 minutes after the offense occurred, a transaction was made using the victim’s debit card at a convenience store a few miles from the offense location. Detectives were able to retrieve surveillance video from the store, which showed the person of interest at the ATM machine at the time of the transaction.

Anyone having any information regarding the identity of this person of interest or of this offense is asked to contact Detective Kramer at brandi.kramer@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us or (214) 671-3613 or the Dallas Police Assaults Unit at (214) 671-3584. This offense is documented on case number 031543-2016.

Crimestoppers will pay up to $5,000.00 for information called into Crimestoppers which leads to the arrest and indictment for this or other felony crime. If you have information about this crime, please call 214-373-TIPS (8477).

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Courageous Acts Take Armed Robber Off the Street

Update: February 11, 2016 Press Conference with Senior Corporal Cassie Dotsy of the Traffic Unit

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On February 9, 2016, at about 9:46 p.m., the suspect, Marcus Bartholomew Booker, B/M DOB 4-24-1979, entered the Walmart Store located at 7401 Samuell Boulevard and pointed a handgun at a cashier demanding money.  Before the cashier could respond, Booker fired several shots into the floor and into the cash register, sending employees and customers scrambling for cover.  Booker then walked toward the exit door and fired at least one more shot before passing through the exit door.

Officer Cassie Dotsy, #8792, was nearby and heard the gunfire. Officer Dotsy responded to the location and observed Booker fire two more shots in the parking lot, when she confronted him at gunpoint ordering him to drop his weapon. Booker ignored her directions and attempted to evade her by walking away and ducking behind vehicles. Officer Dotsy disregarded her personal safety and pursued him through the parking lot while maintaining cover behind vehicles. Booker eventually obeyed her commands and dropped his weapon. 

After he dropped his weapon one citizen tackled him and others assisted in restraining him. Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy M. Bailey, #707, who was working off-duty at the store, placed him in handcuffs.

Marcus Booker is in the Dallas County Jail charged with Aggravated Robbery.

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Downtown Community Shows Support for Dallas Police

Downtown Community Leader, Tanya Ragan, wanted to find a way to show her appreciation for the Dallas Police officers who have been working hard to make downtown a safer place to live and work, so she decided to partner with Mehdi Pezeshki, owner of the Purple Onion, to provide a meal for officers on each shift.

Community members and officers came together on Wednesday afternoon to mingle, eat pizza, and discuss the progress being made downtown. Tanya Ragan made a point to greet every officer and say “Thank You.” Ragan wanted to meet the officers face to face and let them know that they are appreciated. The Dallas Police Department is always thankful for the support of the community and will continue to work hard on the Quality of Life Initiative.

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ARREST MADE IN INDECENCY WITH A CHILD OFFENSE

On February 9, 2016, the Dallas Police Department arrested Van Gilbert, black male, D.O.B. 8/12/62.  The arrest stemmed from an investigation that was initiated in August, 2015 by the Child Exploitation Squad after the victim, a 14 year old male at the time of the offense, reported a sexual abuse offense against arrestee Gilbert.  The reported offenses occurred in 1997 when the victim was enrolled at arrestee Gilbert’s dance studio, Mahogany Dance Theatre of Texas.  Two (2) cases of Indecency with a Child were developed from the investigation and reported on Case Number 020499-2016.

Arrestee Gilbert was placed in the Dallas County Jail for Indecency with a Child/Contact and Indecency with a Child/Exposure with $100,000 bond on each charge.

If you have any additional information on this person, or know of additional victims, contact Detective Lawler at 214 671-4453.

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Planet Fitness Peeping Tom Identified and Charged

On February 1, 2016, at approximately midnight, the victim reported that a man entered the female locker room at the Planet Fitness, located at 3200 Camp Wisdom Road. The victim said that while she was in the shower stall, the suspect, later identified as Michael Davis, a black male 9/13/1986, attempted to look at her by peeking through the side of the shower curtain. The victim confronted the suspect, who then fled the location in his vehicle.

Detectives conducted an investigation and reviewed surveillance footage however the images were not clear enough to positively identify the suspect.  After initial media reports on February 2, 2016, Michael Davis went to the South Central Patrol station and told officers he was the person who had committed the offense at the Planet Fitness.  Detectives interviewed Davis and he admitted to going into the restroom and peeking at the victim in the shower. Detectives consulted with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office and have filed the charge of Voyeurism against Mr. Davis. Voyeurism is a Class C Misdemeanor.