Surveillance Video Catches Tire Thieves

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects seen on this surveillance video. On May 20, 2018 at about 10:00 p.m., the suspects pried open the door of a business located in the 2100 block of Northwest Highway. The suspects can be seen on video taking three tires and assorted tools. 

The suspects appear to be Latin males in their late 20’s to early 30’s. One suspect has a medium build and was wearing a “FOX” hat and t-shirt with a fox face on it. The other suspect is very heavy set with a bald head and beard. The suspects are also seen on video driving a gold SUV type vehicle, possibly a Tahoe or Suburban. 

Anyone who knows the identities of these suspects or has any information about this offense is asked to contact Detective Janse at 214-671-8066. 

Keeping Dallas Safe: Central CRT & Deployment Arrest Carjacker

On June 14, 2018 at about 10:50 a.m., Deployment officers from the Central Patrol Division spotted a stolen vehicle driving in the 5000 block of Gaston Avenue. The driver of the vehicle pulled into an apartment complex and went inside.

The officer knew the vehicle had been taken in an Aggravated Robbery on June 5, 2018. The offense occurred when the victim and his son were playing catch at the baseball fields located near 1300 Drury Lane. The suspect approached the victim and his son and displayed a handgun demanding their vehicle. Fearing for their lives, the victim complied and the suspect fled the location in the stolen car. 

Central Deployment, CRT, and Patrol officers staged outside the apartment waiting for the suspect to return. A short time later, the suspect got back into the vehicle and attempted to leave. The officers performed a felony traffic stop on the suspect and took him into custody without incident. Desmond Nelson, a 19-year-old Black male, was charged with Aggravated Robbery and transported to the county jail. 

Great work by Central Deployment, Central CRT, and Central Patrol officers taking a violent felon off the streets! Thank you for working so hard and keeping Dallas safe! 

 

Keeping Dallas Safe: Aggravated Robbery Suspects Arrested

On June 15, 2018, at 3:15 a.m., patrol officers responded to a Disturbance Active Shooter call in the 10700 block of Coogan Drive.  Upon arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he heard someone breaking into his vehicle and went outside to confront the individual.  The victim approached two Latin males, Jonathan Briseno 18-years-old and Jose Sanchez 18-years-old one of whom pointed a gun at him. The victim ran back towards his house as the suspects fled in a vehicle. The suspects then drove back by the victim’s house while he was in the front yard and fired multiple rounds at him.  The victim was not injured, but the bullets struck two vehicles on the street.  After shooting at the victim, the suspects attempted to flee, but struck another parked vehicle, disabling their vehicle. The two suspects then fled on foot just before officers arrived.

A short time after the suspects fled, Deployment officers and the Northeast Crime Response Team (CRT) officers were in the area searching for the suspects. Deployment Officer Barrett #8593 observed a black Dodge Charger circling the area. The driver appeared to be looking for someone. Deployment and CRT continued to conduct moving surveillance on the driver for approximately 45 minutes until Deployment observed one of the suspects from the aggravated robbery run from the creek at 10500 Allegheny Court and get into the back seat of the car. The driver then began to quickly leave the area.

CRT conducted a felony traffic stop at Shady Trail and Walnut Hill Lane. The Aggravated Robbery suspect and the driver of the vehicle were taken into custody and transported to Dallas Police Headquarters. The accomplice’s six year old daughter was in the vehicle and she was released to family members. A stolen gun that appeared to have been used in the Aggravated Robbery offense was found in the black Dodge Charger.

Both suspects were arrested for Aggravated Robbery and taken to Lew Sterrett. This offense has been documented on case number 128969-2018.  Job well done, Deployment and CRT!

Keeping Dallas Safe: Suspect Arrested for Multiple Felony Charges

On June 2, 2018, Officers Yi, #10684 and Gregory, #10818 attempted to perform a felony traffic stop at 1000 Commerce Street after their ALPR car alerted them to a stolen vehicle.  The passenger complied and got out of the vehicle and the driver took off in the vehicle during the stop.  Officers Yi and Gregory obtained information that the driver was most likely at a gambling hall located in the 2900 block of Lombardy Lane. The officers went to the location where they observed the vehicle in the parking lot.  Officers from the Northwest Division responded to the scene and were able to take Crystal Mendoza, a Latin female, 26-years-old into custody without further incident.  She was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle (State Jail Felony) and Evading in a Motor Vehicle (Felony 3rd).  She had five separate probation violations for Dallas County and was also charged with Possession CS PG 1 Meth (Felony 3rd).  Job well done Officer Yi and Gregory!

June’s Officer of the Month Sergeant Michael Mata #7313

 

On June 13, 2018, Sergeant Michael Mata was awarded June’s Officer of the Month by the Dallas Community Police Awards Committee.  A luncheon ceremony was held in his honor at the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX.

Sergeant Mata is a 22 year veteran of the Department and is currently assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division where he serves as a watch supervisor. He has also been previously assigned at the Major Crimes Division, Dallas Police Academy, and the Southeast and Central Patrol Divisions. Sergeant Mata is the Vice Chairman of the Assist the Officer Foundation who has helped countless of officers, and volunteers as an organizer for the Freedom Run.

Sergeant Miguel Jamaica, who nominated Sergeant Mata as Officer of the Month, had this to say, “I constantly see Sergeant Mata at association meetings, talking to the media, and writing articles. He tirelessly travels throughout the state and country to give Dallas officers a voice on policies, rules, procedures, and even laws. Sergeant Mata does all of this while stilling showing for work and supporting all officers at the station, not just his watch.”

Thank you Sergeant Mata for your extreme dedication and professionalism.

Burglary Suspect’s Identity Sought

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the Burglary suspect seen in the images taken from Malone’s Grocery surveillance camera. On May 27, 2018 at approximately 12:04 a.m. the suspect enters the business through the roof and commits the Burglary to the Malone’s located at 333 S. St. Augustine Road. This Burglary offense is documented on Dallas Police Case number 112867-2018.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Sergeant Daniel Cordero with the Dallas Police Department Southeast Investigative Unit at 214-670-0218.

Safe Burglars Caught on Video

On May 29, 2018 at about 5:00 a.m., the suspects walked up to the front porch of the business located in the 3700 block of Northwest Highway before covering their faces and entering the closed business. The suspects went into the office and took a safe containing expensive jewelry and other valuables. The suspects appear to be Black males in their late 30’s to early 40’s. The suspects were possibly in a black Chrysler 300. This offense is documented on case number 114568-2018.

Anyone with information about these suspects or this offense, is asked to contact Detective Kofi Sapon-Amoah at 214-670-6037. 

Shooting Investigation: 4600 Fellows Lane

On June 12, 2018, at approximately 12:19 a.m., four individuals agreed to sell property to the suspects using a social media app. The parties agreed to meet in the 3100 block of Stag Road to conduct the transaction. While these individuals were driving to the location, the suspects asked to change the meeting location to the 4600 block of Fellows Lane. The individuals in the vehicle arrived at 4600 Fellows Lane and were about to leave, when one of the suspects ran up to the vehicle and fired into the vehicle. A 15-year-old Latin male was grazed by a bullet, and a 12-year-old Latin female was severely injured. The other two occupants, a 17-year-old Latin female and a 17-year-old Latin male, were not injured. After the shooting, the suspects fled the location on foot.

The first suspect is described as a Black male, 17-20 years old, skinny, with short curly hair and wearing a black muscle shirt. The second suspect is described as a Black male, 17-20 years old, heavy set with a fade haircut that blends into a Mohawk, wearing a white shirt.

On May 21, 2018, the Dallas Police Department and OfferUp unveiled the city’s first Exchange Zone. This Exchange Zone is located at 1919 East Camp Wisdom Road in front of the Dallas Police Department’s South Central substation. This Community Meet Up spot is designed to create a safer space for buyers and sellers during online transactions. The location is well-lit and monitored.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in solving this crime. We are asking anyone with any information to please contact YOUTH Detective Johnson at (214) 671-4253. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (214)373-8477 TIPS. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense.

2018 Dallas PD Appreciation & Scholarship Award Luncheon

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2018 DPD Appreciation & Scholarship Award Luncheon. 

This annual event is held in appreciation of the Dallas Police Department for its outstanding work in the Korean community. As a gesture of gratitude, the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce also awards scholarships to high school graduates of Dallas Police employees. 

This year, the luncheon was held at the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West and was presented by various speakers, which included the President of the Korean Society of Dallas, the President of Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce and keynote speaker, Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall. Chief Hall congratulated the recipients by encouraging them to continue their excellent academic achievements. During the luncheon, there was a musical performance by Memoriam Quartet and a Korean traditional dance performance by World Arirang. 

The 2018 scholarship award recipients were Kailyn Newsom, Albert C. Ruff, Eric Lopez, Christopher Gassert, Mauriana Herrera, Rajanae Overstreet, Madalynne Booth, Abigail Castro, Jordan Childs and Angel Felan. Congratulations 2018 Graduates! 

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DPD and OfferUp Unveil Exchange Zone

Today, May 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., the Dallas Police Department and OfferUp unveiled the city’s first Exchange Zone.  This Community MeetUp Spot is designed to create a safer space for buyers and sellers from online and mobile marketplaces to complete their transactions in a surveilled, well-lit, and monitored environment.

“This initiative has been in the works since December 2016, and has finally came to fruition,” stated Chief Hall during a press conference.  This initiative is meant to increase public awareness about the simple measures that can be taken to encourage safer in-person transactions.  OfferUp partnered with the DPD to install the Community MeetUp Spots which include signage and cameras.

In addition to signage and cameras, OfferUp provided additional training to detectives on best practices and available tools on how to work closely with OfferUp to detect and deter criminal activity stemming from online transactions. This program is free to law enforcement and combines the company’s efforts around safety and awareness.