Car Thief Captured With the Help of Air One!

On March 21, 2016, at approximately 8:35 PM, undercover plain clothes officers observed a stolen tractor trailer pull into an apartment parking lot.  Uniformed officers in marked squads were called in and as they attempted a traffic stop, the driver of the stolen vehicle speed away and drove off the roadway onto Kiest Boulevard and Bradley Street.

The driver of the stolen tractor trailer was able to exit the vehicle and fled on foot. Air One was monitoring from above and assisted the officer from above. As the officers on the ground pursued the suspect on foot. Air One was able to give officers the location of the suspect. Uniformed officers located and took the suspect Geane Doby, A Black/male/48, into custody without incident. The stolen vehicle was recovered and documented on case number 068054-2016. 

Thanks to work of all the officers involved, this car thief is now off the street!

Safe Burglars Unsuccessful!

On Wednesday, January 06, 2016, at about 5:25 a.m., five (5) masked, gloved, and hooded suspects backed a stolen 1996 Chevrolet Pickup through the storefront of the Dunlap Swain Texaco located at 4826 Cole Avenue.  Several witnesses stated they observed a white pickup back into the building, pull out, and backed through the building again.  Three to four suspects ran into the building.  Shortly after, the suspects were seen running out of the building and the pickup fled south on Travis Street.  The witnesses called 911 and officers responded to the location.

A Highland Park officer was in the area and observed a pickup turn onto the 3200 block of Hester.  By the time the Highland Park officer got to the vehicle, there were no suspects in the vehicle.  Another witness observed two (2) of the suspects jump the fence to an apartment complex and flee toward the Katy Trail.  Patrol officers set up a perimeter and called for a K9 Unit and Air 1.  K9 searched the area and lost the track around Travis and Knox.  We believe the suspects were picked up by another vehicle.

The suspects in this offense were targeting the safe and were unsuccessful.  The offense was aborted. The investigation continues and  this offense is documented on case #004249-2016.  The vehicle used in the offense today, was stolen on Tuesday, January 5, 2015 on case #003387-2016.  This same vehicle was used in an ATM offense that occurred in Garland  yesterday, January 5, 2015.

This location suffered a business burglary offense on December 17, 2015, at 5:27 a.m., and is documented on case #292662-2015.  In that offense, suspects entered by breaking a front window and attempted to enter the safe.  Major Crimes Unit is asking if anyone has information regarding these offenses mentioned above to call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).

2015 Police Memorial Week

Memorial 2015 cover

To honor those who serve as law enforcement officers, congress created the Peace Officer Memorial Day in 1961. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law and he designated May 15th as Peace Officer Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls in as National Police Week. In 1994, President Bill Clinton directed the American flag to be flown at half-staff on May 15th.

Every year a ceremony is conducted at the Dallas Police Memorial to honor those Dallas Police Officers who have been killed in the line of duty while serving the citizens of this great city. The ceremony starts with a march that ends at the Police Memorial site. During the ceremony, the Dallas Police Choir will perform and the names of the fallen officers are read, also known as the “Roll Call of Honor.” This is followed by a 21 Gun Salute, the playing of Taps and the Dallas Police Helicopter, Air1, will complete a flyover. At the end of the ceremony, family and friends may place a yellow rose by the name of his or her loved one.

In 1892, Officer C.O. Brewer became the department’s first officer killed in the line of duty. Since then, the Dallas Police Department has lost 80 officers. The most recent officer added to the Memorial was Kevin Marceau.

As the Department reflects on honoring all law enforcement officers during Police Memorial Week, we would like to extend a special thanks to our officers for making our city safe. We hope and pray that no other name is added to the Memorial.

Duck Tales

Monday night, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Dallas Police helicopter, Air1, was assisting in a search for a man whose boat capsized on Lake Ray Hubbard.  During the search, a bird hit Air1 and shattered the windshield.  The fragments from the impact struck the pilot, Sergeant Todd Limerick, in the face causing him to be momentarily incapacitated.  The co-pilot, Senior Corporal Laurent Lespagnol, quickly jumped into action and took control of the aircraft to make an emergency landing.

Senior Corporal Espagnol

Senior Corporal Espagnol

Senior Corporal Lespagnol was able to land the helicopter safely in the Robertson Park area.  This task was extremely difficult because of the night time conditions and the possibility of nearby power lines.  In the end, Senior Corporal Lespagnol was able to bring the helicopter in for a safe landing using the spotlight.  Sergeant Limerick was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.  He is now home recovering with his family.

The boater that officers were searching for also had a happy ending; he was found safe.