Black Friday Safety Tips

As we enter the holiday season focused on family and great food, we want to give you a quick reminder to stay safe while you are out shopping for the perfect presents this year. The National Crime Prevention Council has 5 great tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains on Black Friday. Here are some savvy safety tips to remember: 

Tip #1
There is safety in numbers. Thieves are less likely to target a group of shoppers.When a person decides to shop on Black Friday alone, the risk of being targeted is more likely. Try shopping with a friend or family member. Not only are they there to keep you company, but also they can keep you safe.
Tip #2
Park your vehicle in well-lighted areas. If you are an early morning, before-the-sunrise’s Black Friday shopper, be sure to park your vehicle underneath a light post. Avoid parking next to vans and large trucks that block your space from the general vision of others. Remember to lock your doors while waiting for a store to open. If possible, walk to your car and to the store with a partner, and remember to always have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.
Tip #3
Don’t leave tempting items visible in your vehicle. Nothing gets a thief going like bags that are clearly visible. Conceal your merchandise at all times. Put all of your items in the trunk or underneath the seats where they are out of sight. If possible, take your bags directly home instead of leaving them in the car.
Tip #4
Child separation plan. If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help. It is best to leave small children at home. 
Tip #5
Always be aware of your surroundings. Keeping yourself safe means being aware of your surroundings at all time. Beware of strangers who may approach you. This is the time of year when thieves and scammers are in full force and use various methods to distract you with intentions of taking your money and belongings. Watch for loiterers, and alert security if you see any suspicious activity.

 To find more useful shopping tips and personal safety information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website at


Missing Person: Pedro Uriostegui

Pedro Uriostegui

Pedro Uriostegui has not been seen or heard from since November 11, 2015.  Pedro Uriostegui was last seen at the Windridge Apartments located at 14232 Dallas Parkway Dallas, Texas.  The Dallas Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding Mr. Uriostegui’s whereabouts to contact The Dallas Police Department at 214-671-3624.  


Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for any felony offense. Call Crime Stoppers at: (214)373-TIPS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Officer Involved Shooting on Wilbur Street

Update: November 21, 2015

As part of the on-going investigation into the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 2700 block of Wilbur St. on November 19, 2015, Dallas police have arrested Victor Solorzano L/M 1-8-1985 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

Additionally, Dallas police Special Investigations Unit detectives have charged both Victor Solorzano and Edgar Solorzano with two counts of Aggravated Assault, one for each of the officers that were fired upon.

Both have been placed in the Dallas County Jail.  This investigation remains active and open and we will release additional details as they become available and appropriate for release. 

Update: Press Conference – November 20, 2015

On November 19, 2015, members of a multi-jurisdictional task force were involved in an operation in the 2700 block of Wilbur Street in Dallas, Texas. The members were working in a covert capacity in plain clothes driving unmarked vehicles. Based on the investigation thus far, we know one of the task force officers, who happens to work for the Arlington Police Department, was approached by Edgar Solorzano who was armed with an assault rifle. After a very brief exchange, Edgar Solorzano began shooting at the undercover officer who ran.  Edgar followed the fleeing officer firing at him as he jumped into one of the covert vehicles and drove away to seek medical attention.

Today, Dallas police detectives arrested Edgar Solorzano L/M 06/24/1992 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He will be placed in the Dallas County Jail.

This remains an active investigation and we want to express our thanks to the public, especially those in the neighborhood around Wilbur Street who were disrupted due to street closures while we investigated this incident.

Original Post:

On November 19, 2015, at about 6:15 am officers responded to calls for police in the 2700 block of Wilbur Street. Officers from a multi-jurisdictional task force were working an operation at the location and came under fire by an unidentified subject. During this altercation, an officer from the Arlington Police Department was struck by the gunfire. The officer was removed from the scene for the purpose of obtaining medical attention. The officer was transported to Methodist Hospital where he is in stable condition and is expected to recover.   The Dallas Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit will be handling the investigation. This remains an ongoing, dynamic incident that limits the release of more detailed information until further investigation is completed, but we will be disseminating more information as it becomes available.



Robberies and Assaults in the Oak Lawn Neighborhood of Dallas

Update November 20, 2015:

With a series of violent crimes occurring in the Oak Lawn area, the Dallas Police Department has stepped up its efforts to prevent any more individuals from being victimized. In addition to increased community collaboration with citizens, crime watch groups and businesses, the department has created a special task force that will further increase police presence in the area.

The task force includes investigators from assaults and robbery units, along with detectives from intelligence, patrol officers and undercover officers who will all be assigned to the Oak Lawn area. Investigators assigned to the task force will respond to the scene of any offense to begin an immediate follow-up investigation. 

The task force includes additional officers — both uniformed and undercover — assigned to patrol the Oak Lawn area.  

In addition, CrimeStoppers has agreed to double its reward from $5,000 to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of anyone involved in these crimes. 

Safety tips:

Only walk in well-lit areas and not alone. Be aware of your surroundings and call 911 if you see any suspicious individuals. If you have had too much to drink call a cab instead of walking. 

Updated November 2, 2015:

Council member Adam Medrano, District 2, announced today that he is partnering with the Resource Center and Crime Stoppers to develop information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the Cedar Springs/Oak Lawn area attacks. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for the arrest and indictment of the individuals responsible for these offenses.

Original Post October 26, 2015:

During September and October, nine robbery and aggravated assault offenses occurred in or near the Oak Lawn community of Dallas.  In every case, the victim was alone in a public place during the hours of darkness when he was attacked.

Five of these offenses were reportedly committed by a group of two to four Hispanic males who knocked their victims to the ground and punched and kicked them while stealing their property.  In one offense, the suspects struck the victim with a baseball bat causing serious bodily injury.  In another offense the victim was stabbed.  A white Ford van was reportedly used during the commission of one of the offenses.

Two offenses were reportedly committed by a single Black male who pointed a gun at his victims and stole their property. He is described as being between 28 to 30 years old, 5’10” in height, and weighing 150 pounds. In one offense he was wearing a yellow shirt and blue jeans and in the second he was wearing a gray shirt and black pants.   There is no suspect vehicle information for this individual.

Two offenses were reportedly committed by one to three Black males who knocked their victims to the ground and punched and kicked them while stealing their property. One suspect is described as being between 18 to 20 years old, 5’8” in height, and weighing 150 pounds. The other two suspects are both described as 6’0” in height, weighing 185 pounds.  There is no suspect vehicle information.

If you have any information regarding the suspects involved in these offenses please contact the Dallas Police Department Robbery Unit at (214) 671-3584.

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Critical Missing Person: Mr. Hernandez





Update: November 20, 2015 at 4:50 p.m., Critical Missing Person Mr. Rogelio Hernandez has been located safely in Arlington, TX.  

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person, Rogelio Angel Hernandez. On November 20, 2015, at around 11:14 a.m., Mr. Hernandez was last seen at his apartment which is located at 4810 Tx-408 Spur, Dallas Texas. It is believed that Mr. Hernandez could possibly be driving a burnt orange 2013 Hyundai Veloster with Texas licence plates GDP1890 and could be a danger to himself and others. Mr. Hernandez is described as a 28 year old Latin male and  is 5’6”, weighs 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His clothing description is unknown.

If anyone locates Mr. Hernandez or knows his whereabouts, please call 9-1-1 or contact the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268.

FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014

The Dallas Police Department ranks fifth among major cities according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014. In 2013, Dallas ranked sixth for safest city. The city’s rank has continued to drop in this last decade. Dallas has the most significant decline in crime among major Texas cities and cities across the nation. This is a reflection of the involvement of our citizens and the hard work of our officers.








Capital Murder Suspect Sought

Update: November 20, 2015 @ 4:45 p.m. 

We would like to announce the capture of Ashley Ware B/F 11/29/1994 for the Capital Murder of Cecil Williams that occurred on November 5, 2015, at 1551 E. Woodin Blvd. here in Dallas. She was arrested in Amarillo, Texas on November 19, 2015.

We would like to thank the family and community for their patience and we would also like to thank the Detectives who diligently worked to solve the murder of Mr. Williams.

Update: November 13, 2015 @ 10:45 a.m. 

Two additional PCA’s have been added regarding the home invasion robbery at 1551 E. Woodin in which the home owner, Cecil Williams,  was  shot and killed. Suspects Equalyn Davis and Obra London are in custody.  Ashley Ware is still at large.

Original Post : November 5, 2015

The complainant, Cecil Williams, B/M/8-23-1971 was shot and killed by the suspect, Obra Louis London B/m/5-27-1988, as the suspect was committing an Aggravated Robbery at the residence of the complainant. The suspect was identified by witnesses that were also at the residence.  Suspect London is still at large.  This homicide is documented on Case Number 257610-2015.  Please see the Probable Cause Arrest Affidavit below for more details.


Dallas PD Round Table Talk featuring Sergeant Gerry Westry

Dallas PD Round Table Talk is a conversational mini series that goes beyond the surface and probes into the lives of Dallas police officers. This sequence of videos is an outlet for officers to explore various topics directly and indirectly related to the Dallas Police Department. Watch the video below for another installment of Dallas PD Round Table Talk, featuring Sergeant Gerry Westry, as he shares his story about his battle against prostate cancer.

Bella & Alfred

DPD’s Pets of the Week – Bella & Alfred


DPD’s Pet of the Week is Bella. The ID number for Bella is #A898641.  Bella is a 9 month old German Shepherd mix. She has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since November 5, 2015.  She is spayed and microchipped. Adoption fees for Bella have been waived.

This week’s cat is Alfred. Alfred is a 5 year old Domestic Shorthair. He is neutered and microchipped.  He has been in the care of Dallas Animal Services since November 5, 2015. The ID number for Alfred is  A915517. The adoption fee for Alred has been waived.

Let’s help find Bella and Alfred  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 am to 6:30 pm, Monday-Saturday and 12 noon until 5 pm on Sunday. Pictured with Bella and Alfred is Major Melissa McGee who oversees the Narcotics Division.

Bella & Alfred



Suspect Sought In Oak Lawn Robbery

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect in a Robbery offense that took place last night. 

On November 19, 2015, at approximately 11:13 p.m., an off duty Dallas Police officer was driving  through the area of 3300 Knight Street when he came across the victim who was hiding underneath a vehicle. The victim told police that he was walking on the sidewalk towards where the suspect was standing and tried to go around him, that is when the suspect struck the victim in the head with an unknown object. The victim ran away from the suspect and hid under a vehicle.  The victim was transported to Baylor Medical Center.

Dallas police detectives were able to confirm this morning that robbery was the motive of this offense.  The complainant said that the suspect went  through his pockets after he fell to the ground and appeared to be looking for his wallet.  This incident  is documented under case number 269852-2015,  and is  being  investigated by the Dallas Police Robbery Unit.

If you have any information about this offence,  please contact the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-3584.