Officer of the Month – Officer Joseph Reyes

Officer Joesph Reyes was nominated for Officer of the Month by his supervisor, Sgt. Aundrea Vann. Officer Reyes has been with the department since August 2008. Prior to joining the police department, Officer Reyes served in the Marine Corps for 4 years.

 

Officer Reyes was previously assigned to the South Central Patrol Division and is currently assigned to the Property Unit.  In her nomination, Sgt. Vann wrote “Each day Officer Reyes comes to work equipped with a smile on his face and a positive attitude that displays his commitment to faith, family, and community.”

Not only does Officer Reyes serve the Dallas community, but he and his family regularly volunteer at the Kaufman food bank. He and his wife both teach Sunday school at their church and his family has a tradition of assisting with Toys for Tots during Christmas.

An awards dinner was held for Officer Joseph Reyes at the Alexander C. Garrett Masonic Temple.  Congratulations to Officer Reyes for being selected as Officer of the Month for September 2017.

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Information Sought regarding Murder in 1700 block of Marfa Avenue

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Victim: Horace Earl Davis

 

Updated Post: September 19, 2017

On August 21, 2016, Dallas Police officers responded to a shooting call at 1730 Marfa Avenue regarding random gunfire heard in the area. A short time later, at approximately 9:05 p.m., officers responded to an actual shooting call at the same location. The Complainant, Horace Davis B/M/54, was found deceased in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that Christopher Gonzalez, seventeen years of age at the time, was a suspect in this offense. Evidence was collected that supported Gonzalez’ involvement and on August 21, 2017, a Murder warrant was issued.

On September 18, 2017, Dallas Police robbery detectives contacted the Los Angeles Police Department and requested assistance in apprehending Christopher Gonzalez L/M 18, who was on the Texas Top Ten Wanted fugitive list. Gonzalez has warrants for Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Engaging in Organized Crime.  These offenses were committed in the city of Dallas.

Dallas police detectives found Gonzalez’s location after he posted his location on Instagram Live. Gonzalez is in the Los Angeles County Jail but will be extradited back to Dallas.

The investigations are still being actively worked so no additional information will be provided at this time.

Original Post: August 30, 2016

On August 21, 2016, the victim, Horace Earl Davis, was shot and killed by an unknown suspect at 1700 Marfa Avenue.  Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s assistance with any information they may have regarding the murder Horace Earl Davis.  If anyone has information regarding the murder, please contact Detective Richard Duggan, #5971, Dallas Police Homicide Unit, at 214-671-3642.

CRIME STOPPER REWARD INFORMATION

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

 

 

Homicide on Paldao Drive


Update: September 18, 2017

On September 14, 2017 at 12:08 p.m. Officers received a call from a citizen who observed the vehicle taken during the murder offense that occurred at 7340 Paldao Drive. The caller followed the vehicle until it was lost in traffic near Maple and Wycliff area. Patrol officers were able to locate the vehicle and take two individuals to the police headquarters. The driver of the stolen vehicle, Reginald Taylor, Black male 37-years old,  was arrested and was charged with Unauthorized Use Vehicle.

On September 16, 2017,  through the course of the investigation, it was determined that Michael McClendon, a White male 45-years-old, is responsible for the death of Norma Kakacek.  McClendon has been placed in jail for Capital Murder with a $500,000.00 bond.

No additional information will be released at this time due to the on-going investigation.

Update: September 15, 2017

On September 14, 2017 at 12:08 p.m. Officers received a call from a citizen who observed the vehicle taken during the murder offense that occurred at 7340 Paldao Drive. The caller followed the vehicle until it was lost in traffic near Maple and Wycliff area. Patrol officers were able to locate the vehicle and take two individuals to the police headquarters. The driver of the stolen vehicle was arrested and will be charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. The investigation continues.

Original Post: September 13, 2017

On September 13, 2017, at approximately 10:53 a.m., the Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit responded to the 7300 block of Paldao Drive regarding the death of Norma Kakacek, a 71-year-old White female. The victim was found deceased inside her home from signs of homicidal violence. There were no visible signs of forced entry. Detectives are currently canvassing the area and interviewing witnesses.

At this point in the investigation, it appears that the victim’s 2005 gray Lexus RX300 SUV with Texas license plate “CPR9301” is missing. A capital murder offense will be generated on case #209675-2017. 

Anyone with information about this offense is asked to call Detective White at (214) 671-3690. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

CRIME STOPPER REWARD INFORMATION

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

 

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Blue on the Block

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Over the weekend, September 16, 2017, Chief Renee Hall was a guest panelist on a forum moderated by Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. The event was called Blue on the Block which was held at the Potters House Church on Kiest Boulevard.  Blue on the Block is a community-based forum which brought together three of the Dallas area top law enforcement officials as well as notable Dallas stakeholders, all on a stage together to discuss law enforcement and community relations.  The panel consisted of Chief Hall, Bishop T.D. Jakes (pastor of the Potters House Church), Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and defense attorney Toby Shook.

The panelist discussed various topics including community relations, fairness in the legal system, drug use in the city, and police accountability. One highlight of the event came during the discussion of community relations. Chief Hall talked about bringing the community to the table by creating advisory boards to advise on any necessary adjustments protocol to ensure we are going in the right direction as a whole.  Chief Hall backed that up by stating, “Talk is cheap until you put some work behind it.”  The audience applauded.

The panelist all agreed on continuing their efforts to ensure relationship building and a safer Dallas.  At the events conclusion, one thing was certain, both the panelists and the community appeared ready to work in partnership to make Dallas a better place to live, work and visit. 

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Arrest Made In Aggravated Assault on Main Street

On September 17, 2017 at approximately 12:23 PM, a homeless man approached three women at the intersection of Main Street and North Ervay Street.

The suspect Brandon Holbert, B/M/22 accused the women of photographing him and began ranting incoherently. The suspect then produced a folding pocket knife and made threats to the women. Two of the women ran from the suspect into the Wilson Building located at 1623 Main Street. The suspect approached them while they were in the elevator and cut them with the knife on the face, arms, and shoulders. One of the victims was able to escape the elevator and exited the front of the building. The other woman was taken to an apartment inside of the building by another witness who came to her aid.

A good Samaritan then held the exterior door closed, locking the suspect inside, until Dallas Police arrived, and arrested the suspect. The two victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

The suspect is being charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and the offense is documented on case number 212988-2017.

Home Invasion Robberies in the South Central Division

UPDATED: September 16, 2017

On September 15, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Mike Leija, Latin male, 28 was arrested in connection to the recent home invasion robberies within the South Central Patrol Division. Mr. Leija has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery. A bond of $100,000 has been set for each charge and the arrestee is being held at the Dallas County Jail.

Patrol Officers were provided information from citizens describing the suspect and suspect’s vehicle. With the information officers were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle driving through neighborhoods around where the offenses had occurred. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  This is an ongoing investigation and detectives are still trying to identify the other suspects.

The suspects that remain at-large are described as:

  • Latin female, 5’0”, skinny, brown hair, visible tattoos on her chest, last seen wearing a pink shirt
  • Black male light skinned or Hispanic male , last seen wearing a red and white zip up hoodie, white t-shirt, blue jeans, white basketball shoes and a black do-rag on his head
  • Latin male, 20-25, 5’10”, 230, heavy-set, last seen wearing an orange tee-shirt

Anyone that recognizes these suspects or has information about these offenses is asked to call Detectives at (214) 671-3679. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

Updated September 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.:

Home invasion style robberies have occurred at the following locations on the South Central Division over the past week:

September 11th:

  • 2900 block of Britton Avenue
  • 4700 block of E. Frio Drive
  • 1500 block of Maywood Avenue

 September 12th

  • 9300 block of Sedgemoor Ave

September 14th

  •  3330 Idaho Ave

At this time, we have no evidence that leads us to believe that the Capital Murder on Sedgemoor is related to the other four offenses.

However, the other four offenses do bear some similarities.  We are seeking the public’s assistance in gathering any information about these offenses. 

Since these offenses began to occur on Monday, the police department has been actively investigating them to discover the identity of the suspects, while also developing strategies to increase preventative efforts in the community. 

The South Central Patrol division has deployed significant resources to the area.  These include preventative patrol and NPO officers who are walking the neighborhoods, passing out flyers and attempting to establish crime watch groups. 

We advise all citizens to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious vehicles or persons by calling 9-1-1. 

In an unrelated home invasion capital murder on Paldao Drive, we have recovered the vehicle taken from Norma Kakacek and have two persons of interest that we are speaking with at this time. 

Anyone with information about any of these home invasion robberies are asked to call detectives at (214) 671-3679 or Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS.

Updated September 14, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.: 

On September 14, 2017 at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers responded to a home invasion type robbery in the 3300 block of Idaho Avenue. Two suspects kicked in the door of the residence and held the victims at gunpoint. The suspects took property from the residence. All victims were left unharmed.

Suspect #1 is described as a Latin male, 20-25, 5’9” tall, 150 pounds, thin-build, tattoos on face, neck, and leg with a thin mustache. Suspect was described as wearing a white t-shirt .

Suspect #2 is described as a Latin male, 20-25, 5’10” tall, 230 pounds, heavy-set. This suspect was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt.

The suspect vehicle is an older model red sedan, possibly a Honda. This suspect vehicle matches the suspect vehicle described in the home invasion offense in the 2900 block of Britton Avenue documented on case #207885-2017.

Anyone that knows these suspects, or has information on these offenses, is asked to call Detective Bryant or Richeson at (214) 671-3679. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

Original Post:

On September 11, 2017 from approximately 6:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., three home invasion type robberies occurred within the South Central Division. Investigations into these offenses are on-going and there are no definitive links that connects them all. 

207885-2017, 2900 block of Britton Avenue, Beat 722, 6:45 A.M.

A juvenile victim was home alone when a suspect broke in through the front door.  The suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded property. 

The suspect is described as a Latin Male, 20-25, 5’05 tall, skinny build, bald, with a tattoo on his neck (possibly lips).  This suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.  The suspect vehicle is an older model red car, possibly a Honda.

207931-2017, 4700 block of E. Frio Drive, Beat 727, 7:45 A.M.

The victim was home alone when two suspects knocked on his door.  When the victim opened the door, the suspect pointed a gun and forced entry.  The suspects took cash and property from the victim.

  • Suspect #1 is described as a Latin female, 5’0 tall, skinny build, brown hair, wearing a pink shirt, with visible tattoos on her chest. 
  • Suspect #2 is described as a Latin male, with tattoos on his face, wearing a long gray jacket with a black shirt underneath, and blue jeans.

207962-2017, 1500 block of Maywood Avenue, Beat 725, 8:15 A.M.

The victim was home alone and heard a loud noise. The victim found a suspect kicking in the front door of the residence. The suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded property.  The victim’s white Ford F-150 was taken. This vehicle has been recovered and is being processed for physical evidence.

  • Suspect #1 is described as a Latin male last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants. The suspect had a bandana covering most of his face.
  • Suspect #2 is described as possibly a light-skinned Black male wearing a red and white zip up hoodie, white t-shirt, blue jeans, white basketball shoes and a black do-rag on his head.

 

None of the above home-invasions appear to be connected to the homicide in the 9300 block of Sedgemoor Avenue.

Anyone that recognizes these suspects, or has information on these offenses is asked to call Detective Bryant or Richeson at (214) 671-3679. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

 

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Shooting on Forest Lane

On September 15, 2017 Dallas police responded to a shooting call at 9700 Forest Lane 9:15 p.m. Upon officers arrival they discovered a 28-year old Black male deceased from a gunshot wound. A second victim, a 30 year-old Latin male suffering from gunshot wounds was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The identity of both victims is being withheld until next of kin notification has been made.

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in solving this crime. Anyone with information regarding this murder and aggravated assault is encouraged to contact Homicide Detective David Grubbs Jr. at 214-671-3675 or david.grubbs@dallascityhall.com This offense is documented on case number 211792-2017.

CRIME STOPPER REWARD INFORMATION

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

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Coffee with Cops

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On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Dallas Police Department’s Office of Community Affairs in partnership with McDonald’s of Greater North Texas, hosted our 3rd “Coffee with Cops” for 2017 in the City of Dallas.  The events were simultaneously held at McDonald’s locations in all seven Dallas police patrol divisions.  “Coffee with Cops” is a community engagement initiative that allows us to connect with the community in a safe, non-emergency, and family-friendly environment. Such opportunities allow Dallas officers and community members to engage in casual conversation over a free cup of McCafé coffee.

This year, we have begun inviting Dallas Animal Services, Code Enforcement, Dallas Fire and Rescue, and the DART Police Department in order to give community members the opportunity to get to know other City of Dallas departments and organizations.  Since its inception in 2013, “Coffee with Cops” has seen a steady increases in community participation which allows us to continue to effectively serve the residents of Dallas through this unique community engagement opportunity. We are looking forward to connecting with the community even more at our next “Coffee with Cops” event which is scheduled for December 9, 2017, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., (locations TBD). Please stay connected on social media (@DallasPD/@DPDCA) & our blog for all community engagement event details.

 

Cops and Kids Dream Courts

Today, September 14, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall, Nancy Lieberman, and a host of others were in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest Kids and Cops Dream Court located at 9899 Overlake Drive. The state of the art play space will provide a bridge for the relationship between Dallas Police Officers and the communities they serve and protect.  “Community engagement is a top priority for me and building strong relationships in our community starts early by engaging with our youth,” said Chief Hall.  “We want them to know that they can count on the Dallas Police to provide them a safe place to play and grow up”.

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In December 2016, Nancy Lieberman Charities and the Dallas Police Department teamed up and opened the first two courts in Dallas on a “Dallas Strong” initiative to provide Dream Courts to underserved areas of Dallas.  The plan is to build 12 courts in Dallas, and hold a free clinic at each court, with Dallas officers serving as coaches for the clinics.  When the community and the police department embrace each other, and work alongside each other, we operate as one Dallas.  Thanks Nancy Lieberman Charities for your continued support and commitment to the Dallas Police Department and the City of Dallas.   

Central Patrol Arrest Burglary Suspect

The Central Patrol Division has been experiencing burglaries in the Uptown area.  The subject committing the burglaries was using a mechanical drill to drill into door locks.

Intelligence information was gathered and lead to a possible suspect.  The Central Crime Response Team and Deployment Unit conducted surveillance on the suspect and the suspect evaded officers in a stolen vehicle that was taken in a burglary offense.

The subject,  Carlos Bradford, a 32-year-old Black male, was taken into custody for:

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Evading Arrest
  • Abandon/Endangerment of a Child

This was a great arrest and teamwork of officers:

  • Officer Hauffe
  • Officer Offutt
  • Officer Mulvihill
  • Officer Duba
  • Officer  Hull 
  • Sergeant Hunt

Central officers care for the community they serve and it showed greatly with their actions.  The offense was documented on case number 204227-2017.

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