Critical Missing Person: Ruthie Cole

Ruthie Cole Collage

 

Update 7:23 AM: The Critical Missing Person Ruthie Cole, was located safe in Texarkana, Texas by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Ruthie Cole. Ms. Cole is an 88 year-old Black female, last seen Sunday, March 1, 2015, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Frank Street. Ms. Cole has brown eyes, gray hair and is 5’8, 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing a long, gray coat, and driving a blue, 2-door, 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass, license plate DH2L739.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Ruthie Cole, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268. This incident is documented on case number 046662-2015.

Subway Robbers Arrested

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The Subway at 428 E. Jefferson Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint on February 26, 2015 at approximately 9:45 p.m. During the offense, the suspects took property from patrons of the Subway as well as cash from the restaurant.  Three suspects fled the location in a white vehicle.

At 11:15 p.m., a suspicious vehicle call was made to 911 at the Zoo with the same description of the suspect vehicle in the Subway robbery. Officers from both the South Central Division and the Southwest Division responded to the area to see if they could locate the vehicle.

At 12:15 a.m., a South Central Deployment Officer, who was working in a plain-clothes capacity observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description leaving an apartment complex near the 600 block of North Lancaster.  The officer followed the vehicle to the 7-11 at 302 N. Marsalis, where a Southwest Deployment officer, also working in plain clothes, took over observation of the vehicle. Uniformed patrol officers from South Central and Southwest arrived shortly thereafter and made contact with the two occupants of the vehicle.

After being interviewed by detectives, both suspects confessed to the Subway robbery. At this time, the names of the suspects are not going to be released due to pending photo line-ups.

Great work was done by all those involved!

 

Social Media Anniversary!

AnniversaryThe Dallas Police Department’s blog, the DPDBeat, is happy to celebrate its One Year Anniversary!  Last year on February 24, 2014, the department announced its creation of The DPDBeat in a press conference. 

Since it’s creation, 542 blogs have been posted.  The blog has received 1,100,965 views. The most views of the blog occurred on June 3, 2014, with 32,754 views.  The blog post “Dallas Police Search for Killer” was responsible for 29,657 of those views. 

Along with the blog, the department also introduced NextDoor.  This social media tool allows neighborhoods to have virtual crime watch meetings.  Information can be sent from the department directly to neighborhoods regarding crime trends that occur in their community.  NextDoor currently has 48,238 members that come from over 37,000 households in the city. 

Social Media has become a big part of how the department disseminates information.  The department’s Facebook and Twitter pages have grown to have over 50,000 fans/followers respectively.  The department would like to thank everyone for their support and help in the growth of the Dallas Police Department Social Media platforms.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

In 1956, the Dallas Police Department made it’s home within the beautiful Dallas Municipal Building, located at 2014 Main Street. At one point, the building housed City Hall, municipal courts, the Dallas Police Department, and its jail. In 1978, City Hall eventually moved to its current location at 1500 Marilla Street. In 2003, the Dallas Police Department followed and moved to its new location at 1400 S. Lamar Street. For the last few years, the municipal courts were the only remaining occupants. As of February 9th, 2015, the part of the building that was once occupied by the Dallas Police Department, and its jail, is officially closed off for renovations. The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law has plans to move into this historic building and be a part of its legacy. As we move on from an unforgettable era, we savor the memories through the following pictures that captured the department’s history.

 

BMV Criminal at 4500 Harry Hines Blvd.

On February 8, 2015 at approximately 1:44 p.m., an unknown suspect burglarized a motor vehicle in a hotel parking lot located in the 4500 block of Harry Hines Boulevard. This surveillance video shows a Latin male, driving a Gold Chrysler 300 and using an unknown method to break the vehicle’s rear window to steal some property . This offense is documented on case number 030679-2015. If you have any information regarding this offense or the identity of this thief, please contact Northwest Investigative Detective G. Waller at (214) 670-6053.

Dallas Police Department Recognizes Black History Month

February is nationally known as Black History Month and the Dallas Police Department would like to close out this month by recognizing two African-American trailblazers within the Department. Assistant Chief Patricia Paulhill, #4497, was the first African-America female officer on the Dallas Police SWAT Team, and later became the first female commander of a SWAT team in any major city in the United States. Senior Corporal Artealous Christian, #2581, was the first African-American motorcycle officer and is currently the most tenured officer with the Dallas Police Department, with 47 years of active service.

Arrest Made in Capital Murder in 17700 Block of Vail Street

On February 24, 2015, at about 10:31 p.m., officers responded to a call for police in the 17700 block of Vail Street. The reporting person went to check on the resident at that location at which time the reporting person discovered the victim, Robin Bavousett, a 50 year-old White female, deceased. Upon officers arrival, they observed the victim deceased from homicidal violence. Ezekiel Cox, a White male, born 4-29-1992, was arrested by Dallas Officers after answering a 9-1-1 call regarding a man sleeping in vehicle. A Capital Murder Offense is documented on Case #43065-2015.  For more information please see the signed probable cause affidavit below.

“Cookie Bandits” Sought by FBI Violent Crimes Task Force

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The Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and local law enforcement authorities are requesting the public’s assistance to identify the suspects believed to be responsible for robbing up to 30 businesses in four metroplex cities since October 2014.  Investigators continue to review similar offenses in order to determine if they may also be related.

The robberies occurred in Dallas, Garland, Mesquite and Seagoville between October 2, 2014 and February 24, 2015. Most of the robberies occurred at fast food sandwich restaurants, but the subjects also robbed convenience stores, discount stores, and other restaurants. Bandit 1

In most instances, the suspects run into the business through the front doors, leap over the cashier’s counter, and demand cigarettes, money and snacks – including cookies.  The suspects are armed with handguns, but to date, no one has been physically injured.

The suspects are described as two black males, possibly in their 20s.  One of the subjects is approximately 6’2” tall, approximately 180 pounds.  Another subject is approximately 5’8” tall, approximately 180 pounds.  They typically wear jeans, gloves, and dark hoodies; and keep their faces concealed by cinching the hoods very tightly.  In several robberies one of the suspects wears red gloves.  A third black male, a white male, and a Hispanic male may also be involved in the robberies.

The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas office of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or your local police department.  A reward may be offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and indictment of the suspects.

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Tips for Driving in Snow

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The weather forecast is predicting snow tomorrow. If you must get out, below are some tips taken from http://www.exchange.aaa.com for driving in the snow.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Criminals Are Always Shopping

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Regardless of the weather criminals are always waiting for the opportunity to strike.

The Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), a division of the Texas Department of Motor
Vehicles, reminds drivers that a vehicle is burglarized every two minutes and stolen every eight minutes in the state. These crimes can escalate during the holiday seasons when drivers frequently shop for gifts and travel to visit friends and family, but can happen anytime or anywhere. The everyday hustle and bustle causes drivers to become negligent in locking doors and taking keys. To make matters worse, a thief won’t necessarily stop with taking your vehicle and the things inside.  They may also look for personal documents and items that can help them steal your identity or gain access to your home, where they can burglarize additional property.  In other words, the theft or burglary of your vehicle may simply be a gateway to the commission of additional crimes.

Auto burglars, BMV, are more likely to scout malls, shopping centers, entertainment venues, hotels, and other business parking lots this time of year looking for opportunities to break into vehicles.   Drivers need to understand that almost anything they leave inside their vehicles can be valuable to a thief.  And when vehicles are left unlocked and unattended, drivers are inviting thieves to walk away with everything they see inside, which often includes gifts, purses, wallets, packages, electronics, suitcases, garage door openers, keys, and personal information,”  Please lock your vehicles and hide your valuables in the trunk. 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, thieves committed 214,294 acts of vehicle burglary and stole 65,671 vehicles in Texas during 2013.  In some jurisdictions, more than half of the vehicles stolen had unlocked doors and keys left inside.  But drivers can avoid becoming part of these statistics.  The ABTPA, the Dallas Police Department along with 28 vehicle crime task forces in Texas promote a basic vehicle crime prevention philosophy:  “Protect It, It’s Yours.”  Motorists should practice three basic safety tips to help prevent theft and burglary during the holidays and throughout the year:  1) remove belongings from view, 2) secure vehicles, and 3) never leave keys inside.  In addition to practicing these prevention methodologies, drivers should park in areas that are well-lit, near surveillance cameras (if available), and near heavy foot and vehicle traffic. The more thieves feel threatened by detection, the less likely they are to focus on targets in such areas.  

For more information on the ABTPA, auto burglary, vehicle theft, prevention, statistics, contacts for any of ABTPA’s 29 Texas vehicle crime task forces, public service information, or to schedule a presentation by task force personnel, call 800-CAR-WATCH or visit the ABTPA website at www.txwatchyourcar.com as well as the RATT website at www.texasratt.com