Detectives Make Arrest in Homicide

On January 30, 2015 at approximately 4:31 pm, Dallas Police responded to the Hickory Ranch Apartments located at 7905 Marvin D. Love Freeway regarding a shooting. Officers found the victim Lutonyos Bedford B/M/55 shot multiple times. The victim was transported to Methodist Hospital where he died from him injuries.

As a result of the investigation, Homicide Detectives interviewed Stacy Dotie B/M/07-30-1978 who confessed to shooting the victim. Mr.Dotie has been arrested for murder and placed in jail on a $150,000.00 bond.

Please see the below arrest affidavit below for more information.

Video Technology and Social Media Help Catch a Thief!

Around 11:15 a.m., on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Officer John Baker, #6160 received a phone call regarding a possible stolen wallet in the lobby at Love Field Airport. Officer Baker dispatched Officer Scott Brookman, #5299 to meet with the victim to determine if an offense had occurred.

After speaking with the victim, Officer Brookman requested that Officer Baker review the surveillance video from around the valet parking area to see if an offense had occurred or if a lost property incident had taken place. A review of the video revealed that the victim’s wallet fell out of her purse and onto the bench that she was sitting on. Also seen on the video was a male suspect who had observed the victim unknowingly leave her fallen wallet on the bench. The suspect waited approximately three to four minutes, walked over to the wallet, placed it in his suitcase, and walked back into the airport.

With the help of Officer Christopher Crites, #6925, Officer Baker was able to track the movements of the suspect, via video camera network. Officers Brookman and Jason Carroll, #8015 were informed of the suspect’s route and were able to locate the victim’s wallet in the trash can of the men’s restroom. The victim informed officers that $350.00 in cash was missing.

Officers Baker and Crites were able to track the suspect’s movements via video camera again and saw that the suspect got into a red vehicle. Officer Baker ran the license plate of the red vehicle and discovered the vehicle’s registered owner. Officer Baker then made an internet search on the registered owner and discovered that the registered owner had a page on a popular social media network. Officer Baker then discovered that he and the registered owner had a mutual friend in common on that social media network.

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Officer Baker contacted the mutual friend and asked her if she knew how to get in contact with the red vehicle’s registered owner.   The mutual friend was able to provide Officer Baker with a contact phone number of the registered owner.   Officer Baker was able to look at the social media network’s friend’s list of the red vehicle’s registered owner and was able to identify the suspect by a distinct piece of jewelry, a very distinct tattoo, and an article of clothing.  From this, officers were able to identify the suspect and a theft report was generated.

The information of the registered owner was obtained and Officer Baker was able to contact him and inform him of the incident with the suspect. Officer Baker asked the registered owner if he could have the suspect contact him by phone. A short time later, the suspect contacted Officer Baker, and talked to him and Sergeant Michael Patino, #7598. The suspect agreed to bring the money back the following morning.

Officer Baker contacted the victim and informed her that the suspect stated that he did not have the $350.00 but he could bring back $280.00 for her instead. The victim stated that if she could get the $280.00 back then she would not press charges.

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at around 10:20 a.m. the suspect had a friend bring $280.00 to Officer Baker. Officer Baker was able to release the money back to the victim around 11:25 a.m. the same morning. The victim decided not to prosecute the suspect and dropped the theft charges.

Update: Reed’s BBQ Burglar Becomes Serial

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Update: January 29, 2015

Detectives have now upgraded the suspect from Reed’s BBQ burglary to a serial burglar. Investigative efforts have linked this unknown Black male to three other business burglaries since the 19th. Please take a look at the new surveillance photos and help us catch this thief.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify and locate this burglary suspect. If you have any information regarding this offense, please contact Southeast Investigative Detective W. Jones at (214)671-0113.

Offenses to date:

1/19/15   014373-2015       Reeds BBQ   1611 S. Buckner Blvd      

1/21/15   017026-2015       Tortas Y Tarael Ranchita     7023 Military Pkwy

1/27/15   020601-2015       Formosa     5405 N. Jim Miller

1/27/15   020636-2015       C Store   9203 Bruton Road

Original story posted: January 28, 2015

On January 19, 2015, at approximately 12:25 a.m., an unknown suspect made forced entry into the Reed’s BBQ located in the 1800 block of S. Buckner Boulevard.  The suspect broke a side window, entered, and damaged various property while looking for cash to steal.  The suspect, shown in the surveillance video as a Black male,  fled the location after stealing money.  This offense is documented on case number 014373-2015.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify and locate this burglary suspect. If you have any information regarding this offense, please contact Southeast Investigative Detective W. Jones at (214)671-0113.

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“Jugging”- Please be Aware

The Northwest Division of the Dallas Police Department is currently experiencing numerous Burglary of Motor Vehicle offenses where the victim had just visited their bank for a cash withdraw.  Two of  the six victims experienced a flat tire when leaving the bank parking area that was caused by the suspect(s).  While the victim is stopped and changing the flat tire, the suspect(s) would drive up to the side of the vehicle, open the door and take bags, envelopes or purses that contains the cash.  On the other occasions, the suspect(s) would gain acces to the vehicles  either by opening the ” UNLOCKED” door or breaking the window.  These type of crime is commonly refered to as ” Jugging”.

Jugging is an offense that occurs when a would be thief follow an unsuspected victim and wait for them to exit the vehicle and go into a building before breaking into the vehicle and taking the property.

Suspect and vehicle descriptions are varied.  One of the offenses was captured on video, but the video was not clear enough to reveal a vehicle tag or distinct suspect description.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for these type offenses and report vehicle and suspect descriptions where possible.  Money and valuables should not be left in the vehicle and always remember to lock your doors.  Citizens are asked to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity related to this or any type of offenses.

                                       The case#, date and time and location of each offense are listed below.

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Help Identify Person of Interest

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On December 14, 2014, at about 3:20 PM a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle offense occurred in the 4300 block of Quiet Lane that was observed by a witness. The witness described a Latin male in his 20’s wearing a blue jacket forced entry into the vehicle and took a purse. It was reported that a purse was taken containing credit cards. During the investigation, it was discovered that the pictured person of interest used a credit card that was taken from the vehicle that was burglarized. If you know the identity of the person pictured please contact Detective Avila of the Dallas Police Department Property Crime Unit at 214-671-0550.

ATM Thefts Press Conference

Today, a press conference was held in the Media Relations office regarding a rash of ATM thefts that have been occuring throughout Dallas.  Also, Assistant Chief Randal Blankenbaker, Investigations Bureau, introduced the department’s new Major Case Unit.

Since January of 2015, we have had 20 ATM thefts throughout the city of Dallas. Below is a list of 18 of the 20 offenses that have occurred.

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Internet Buyers and Sellers Beware

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Since December 2014, Northeast Patrol Division officers have responded to several offenses involving the attempt to sell or buy smart phones on Craigslist.  Complainants respond to advertisements and upon meeting the seller/buyer become the victims of crime.  A total of five offenses involving the sale/purchase of cellular phones occurred between December 18, 2014 and January 23, 2015.  In three of the offenses the complainants were forced to relinquish property/money at gunpoint.  All Northeast Patrol offenses have occurred in the general area bordered by Park Lane, Skillman Street, Mockingbird Lane, and N. Central Expressway. 

 The Dallas Police Department wants to remind citizens that while many Craigslist transactions are legitimate, citizens should be wary and alert during every encounter. 

Dallas PD suggests:

  • Meet in a well-lit, public location.  The parking lot of the police or fire station in your area is a great idea!
  • Arrive several minutes early.  If anything about the location, the people, the time does not feel right, leave.
  • Do not enter the buyer or seller’s vehicle; do not allow them to enter your vehicle.
  • Remain vigilant during the entire encounter – if anything begins to feel wrong, abandon the transaction.
  • Take an additional person with you to meet the buyer/seller.
  • Do not volunteer property or money not previously agreed upon.

If you do become the victim of robbery:

  • Remain calm and listen to demands. 
  • Do not resist the suspect’s efforts to take your property.
  • Be alert to the suspect’s physical description (race, sex, age, clothing, tattoos, etc.)
  • Be alert to the suspect’s vehicle description (make, model, color, license plate, etc.)
  • Call for police immediately.

If you see something, say something. Report in-progress crime at 9-1-1. Submit crime information to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477), or submit a crime tip online at: http://www.ntcc.crimestoppersweb.com/

 

BOLO for Burglary of Building Suspects

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The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance regarding the burglary suspects above. These suspects are responsible for several burglaries within the South Central Division, including  a church at 7575 South Hampton Road. Suspect 1 is wearing a blue hoodie with a black leather type jacket over it, and a blue hat. Suspect 2 is seen driving the car and wearing a tan hoodie with a white design. The vehicle appears to be a dark colored 4-door Mazda or Nissan.

If you have any information regarding the identity and/or whereabouts of these suspects, please contact Detective Gooden at (214) 671-4517 or dial 911.

The Bridge Initiative

During the week of January 16th-25th, DPD officers came together to warm up the lives of those that are less fortunate. Our Community Affairs Division has kicked off the New Year with the Bridge Initiative to gather donations for winter-wear items.  Dallas officers led the way with their donations and encouraged others to also donate new or gently used items. We asked for hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets. We received those items and so much more. Windbreakers, sweatshirts, coats, socks, t-shirts, pants and even teddy bears came pouring in, totaling well over 1,200 items collected. What’s even more impressive, these items were collected in just one week. Donations were received from all seven patrol divisions, Jack Evans Police Headquarters, Oak Cliff Municipal Center, Lake West and Jubilee Storefronts and Dallas City Hall. Much of the generous donations came from our officers and civilian staff.

Citizens in the community received word of the Winter Wear Initiative and began showing their support. One anonymous donor left 90 hand-knitted scarves.

We could not have done it alone without our kind donors such as ONCOR, who came to us early in the process with their eagerness to help. They donated nearly 300 long sleeve jersey sweater tops.  We also want to receognize the following generous donors who saw a need and supported the cause:  GST Public Safety Supply, Joy Promotions, Galls Quartermaster, Uniforms Incorporated, Already Gear, VF Imagewear, Apparel Sewn Right, Regali Inc., Hines Nut Company, and Harrington Produce Company.

We would like to thank everyone who came together for this initiative, and I know we will continue to work together in the future.

 

 

Arrest Made in Homicide @ 8400 South Westmoreland Road

On January 26, 2015, at approximately 6:10 a.m., the victim Justice Hull, a 2 month old Black female, was intentionally drowned by a 14 year old Black female, who also resides in the same home. The suspect’s mother was caring for the infant and had just left for work when the offense occurred. Initial reports indicated that the suspect and the victim were related. Our investigation has found that the infant was not related to the suspect and had been placed in the home by Child Protective Services at the request of the biological mother. The biological mother of the infant victim is currently in jail and the infant has been in the home since shortly after her birth. 

The suspect has been charged with Capital Murder of a Person Under the Age of Ten, a First Degree Felony. She has been transported to and placed in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center.