Good Detective Work Leads to Stolen Property Being Recovered

On August 21, 2014, a soon to be property crime victim left town on business. He returned a few days later and found his residence had been burglarized. Taken in the burglary were three antique Gibson guitars valued at over $8,000. Patrol officers arrived and made the initial report. Detective Travis McAnally, #9007, was assigned the case. During his investigation, Detective McAnally discovered the guitars had been pawned at the 24 Hour Pawn located in the 400 block of W. Jefferson Boulevard. Because the homeowner had a record of the serial numbers, Detective McAnally was able to place a “Hold” on the guitars.11 

Placing a “Hold” on the property prevents the pawnshop from selling the merchandise, which gives detectives time to complete their investigation. Detective McAnally and Detective Benustiano Avilla, #7852, reviewed the pawnshop’s surveillance video that caught the possible suspects during the sale transaction. Detective Avilla personally knew one of the suspects from previous investigations and because of that personal knowledge; Detective Avilla developed the identity of additional suspects.

During the investigation, Detective Avilla discovered evidence that allowed him to secure an arrest warrant for suspect Steven Benitez, L/M/2-8-1990. Southwest Deployment officers arrested Benitez and  transported him the Southwest Investigative Unit for an interview. During the interviewed Benitez admitted to knowing the guitars were stolen, but refused to identify his accomplice from the video. After the interview, officers transported Benitez the Dallas County Jail and he is charged with Theft, State Jail Felony.

With the assistance of an acquaintance of Suspect Benitez, detectives were able to identify the second male suspect seen on the pawn shop surveillance video. Detective Avilla was able to identify the second suspect, Vincent Lopez, from an unrelated case he had been working.

The pawn shop surveillance video also captured Vincent Lopez with Benitez when the guitars were pawned. On September 24, 2014, forensic fingerprints taken from the crime scene matched the prints of Vincent Lopez. Officers arrested and charged Lopez with Burglary of Habitation.

This is an example of excellent detective work by Southwest Detective McAnally, Detective Avilla, Police Officer Jason Ivie, #9628, who assisted in this investigation, and Forensic Fingerprint Expert D. Osuna, #T214. The Burglary of a Habituation offense is documented on Incident Report # 204337-14.

 

 

 

Murder Suspect At Large

Update: Please see the signed Probable Cause Affidavit below, regarding Suspect Findo Paz Ramos, in the murder of Antonio Barrera.  Suspect Findo Paz Ramos is at large at this time.

Dallas Police Homicide Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance regarding a murder that occurred on August 30, 2014. At about 11:00 PM, the victim (pictured) Antonio Barrera was stabbed at the Arco Iris Bar located at 310 S. Beckley Avenue. Mr. Barrera was transported to Baylor Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. A person of interest in this case has been identified as Findo Paz Ramos, Latin male 30 years old, 5’8″ 150 lbs. Detectives do not have a photo of the person of interest at this time.

If you have any information regarding this offense, please contact Dallas Police Homicide Detective Tommy Raley at 214-671-3684.

Victim: Antonio Barrera

 

Officer Involved Shooting 4800 Veterans Drive & 52nd Street

 

On August 21, 2014 at about 6:40PM , the victim a B/F 33, was driving North bound in the 4800 block of  Veterans Drive. The victim came to a stop at veterans Drive and 52nd Street.

The suspect, who has been identified as Ladarius Campbell B/M 11-21-93, and another B/M drove up alongside the vehicle that the victim was driving, while the vehicles were stopped there was a verbal altercation between Mr. Campbell and the victim.

Mr. Campbell exited his vehicle, produced a handgun, and shot the victim in the face.

At the same time, an off-duty officer, in plain clothes and driving his personal vehicle with his family, observed Suspect Campbell shoot the victim.

The Officer, who is being identified as Ruben Martinez #10443, stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire on the suspect to stop the suspect from continuing his violent assault on the victim.

Suspect Campbell was struck by the officer’s gunfire.

 The victim as well as the suspect were transported to area hospitals by Dallas Fire Rescue. Both are expected to survive their injuries.

 Ladarius Campbell is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon a  F/1, and may face additional charges. The investigation is ongoing.

Help Us Locate Critical Missing Person Willie Bryant

UPDATE: Willie Bryant has been located in good condition.

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The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person Mr. Willie Bryant a 78 year old male.

On 8/4/2014 at about 3:30 PM,Willie Bryant b/m,  5/12/1936 was last seen walking near the 3400 block of Utah Avenue. Mr. Bryant is described as a Black Male, approximately 5’5”, weighing 150 pounds with gray hair, and brown eyes. He last seen wearing a tan shirt and blue jeans. Mr. Bryant is diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s.

If you have any information to Mr. Bryant’s whereabouts, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.

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Wanted For Capital Murder Justin Pharez Smith

Update: Press Conference Triple Homicide On Wynell Street

Today at about 6:15am, Justin Pharez Smith Black male, 9-18-92 was arrested by members of the North Texas US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, at a residence in Grand Prairie Texas.  Smith is the suspect in yesterday’s Triple Murder at 5125 Wynell Street.  Task force officers entered the residence, and took Smith into custody without incident. 

Justin Smith was transported to the Crimes against Persons Division where he was interviewed by Homicide detectives.  During the interview, Mr. Smith admitted his participation in the offenses committed on Wynell Street.  Justin Smith was arrested and placed in Lew Sterrett justice Center for Capital Murder.  His bond is set at $1 million dollars. 

On August 2 at about 6:40 am, Smith entered 5125 Wynell Street to conduct “business”.  Inside the house in a small living room were victims Demarcus Walton, Tyteanna Brown and Kimberly Montgomery.  An unnamed female victim/witness was in an adjacent room asleep on a couch.  Smith was known to the victims as J-Dawg.  A confrontation occurred between the victims and Smith that eventually resulted in their deaths. 

Suspect Smith after shooting the previous three victims entered the adjacent room, which the female victim was sleeping on the couch. The female begged for her life saying she had “babies”.  Smith left the room shortly, but returned and shot the woman in the head, as she was curled-up in a fetal position.  He returned to the living room for a few seconds gathering items, and again revisited the adjacent room kicking the woman in an apparent effort to determine if she was dead.  The victim played possum and fortunately survived. 

As Justin Smith fled the location, he shot at a fifth person from inside the house.  This witness is an employee of victim Walton.  Smith exited the house and then attempted to shoot the witness.  A struggle ensued between Smith and the witness.  The witness reported hearing the gun “click” several times, as Smith attempted to reload his pistol. 

A sixth witness then walks up to the house.  Smith challenges her with the pistol.  This provided the fifth witness an opportunity to flee on foot down Wynell Street.  Smith entered his vehicle and sped toward the witness striking him with the car in an attempt to kill him.  Smith then fled the scene. 

Suspect Smith went to his mother’s residence in Arlington where he hid guns from the offense location and his clothes.  He showered, left his mother’s residence, and went and got a haircut. He later decided to seek refuge with his “mentor” in Grand Prairie. 

Homicide detectives recovered guns, clothes and other items from the Arlington location via search warrant.  At this time, Suspect Smith’s family is cooperating with detectives.

Suspect: Justin Pharez Smith


UPDATE: Justin Pharez Smith was taken into custody by US Marshals In Grand Prairie, Texas around 6:00am. He was taken to Dallas police headquarters and remains in custody.

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Wanted for Capital Murder Romon Mitchell Jr.

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Suspect: Romon Mitchell Jr.

On July 9, 2014, Elena Shea was killed at 2030 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX in the commission of a robbery. Capital murder warrant #F14-76129 has been issued for Romon Mitchell Jr. in connection with this offense. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts or location of Romon Mitchell Jr., they are asked to contact Detective E. Lopez, at 214-283-4813.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact cimestoppers at 214-373-8477-(TIPS). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5000.00 for information leading to an arrest and indictment for this or any other Felony offense. (See the related  affidavit posted below).

 

 

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METRO Tracks Down Robber

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On July 24, 2014, the Dallas Police Department’s METRO Unit apprehended 20-year-old Gerrell Holmes for two Aggravated Robbery warrants.  These robberies occurred on April 21, 2014, at Rochester Park located at 4400 CF Hawn Freeway when Holmes and one other suspect robbed an individual at gunpoint (Case Number 94368B).

The METRO unit researched Holmes’ whereabouts and found he recently bought a vehicle with temporary tags attached.  Officers canvassed the area in Southeast Dallas where Holmes is believed to hang out and began searching for his vehicle.  Undercover officers located the vehicle and conducted surveillance until they spotted him walking towards his vehicle. Uniformed officers coordinated with the undercover units and captured Holmes without incident.  Keep up the good work Metro!!!

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Community Awareness Bulletin – Sex Assault of A Child

Update: June 25, 2014 @ 14:15

Dallas police detectives who were assigned to investigate the reported sexual assault of a 14 year-old victim in the area of 5900 Wisdom Creek Drive have learned through follow-up interviews that the alleged abduction and sexual assault did not occur.  The department has provided the reported victim with referrals to agencies that are better equipped to provide her with assistance for the difficult life changes she is facing. 

The Dallas Police Department wants to say thank you to the community and media for their assistance in broadcasting the information on a possible suspect.  We will continue to notify the public in the event of possible newsworthy concerns while at the same time conducting thorough investigations into such reports.   Continue reading

Sexual Assault Arrest made by Dallas Police Metro Officers

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On April 17, 2014, Anthony Sennette Jackson, Black male 08-24-1972, was arrested by Dallas Police Metro Officers for outstanding warrants.  Subsequent to this arrest, Jackson was charged with committing a Sexual Assault of a female patient at his place of employment (Homeward Bound, Inc./Trinity Center Behavioral Healthcare Services) located at 233 W. Tenth Street, Dallas, Texas. This offense occurred on March 9, 2014.  Jackson remains in the Dallas County Jail with a $100,000.00 bond for this offense. He is not currently under investigation for any additional offenses, nor has any additional offenses been reported at the facility.  

 

Smoke Shop Hit Three Times Since April 6th

On April 6, 2014, the One Stop Smoke Shop, located at 8235 Scyene Road, was robbed by multiple armed suspects who entered the business and ordered everyone to lie down while their property was taken. This is the first of three separate offenses to occur at this location. During this particular incident, one of the suspects ordered an employee to empty his pockets and took his property. Two additional suspects entered the business and helped gather property. This incident was captured on surveillance video. Below are still shots from that video. One of the suspects is described as a Black male, 5’8”, 150 lbs. This suspect had possible paint on his face and wore a black baseball cap and black work coveralls. A second suspect is described as a Black male, 5’8”, 200lbs, wearing a large brown hooded jacket, blue basketball shorts, and a mask. There are believed to be two additional suspects, but no descriptions available for them. This Aggravated Robbery offense is reported on service number 81050-B. string 1

On April 14, 2014, a second Aggravated Robbery occurred at the same One Stop Smoke Shop. During the commission of this robbery, the suspects, pictured below, entered at approximately 6:00 am. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. A second suspect gathered the cash and several packs of cigarettes. The suspects theb fled in a blue or purple, 4-door 1999 model Mercury with a third suspect as the driver. This Aggravated Robbery offense is documented on service number 88107-B.

The first suspect is described as a Latin male in his 30s, 5’8’, 200 lbs. The second suspect is a Latin male, about 27 years old, 6’00”, 200 lbs, with a goatee and wearing prescription glasses. The third suspect is described as a Latin male, 25 years old, 5’8”, 200 lbs, with a goatee. The suspects had been in the business earlier in the day and attempted to get a phone number from the witness, who is an employee. Surveillance photos seen below are from when the suspects were in the business earlier.  String2

On April 15, 2014, at about 6:15 am, the suspects pictured below forced entry into the One Stop Smoke Shop by displaying a handgun and ordering employees to lie on the floor. The second suspect began gathering cash and property. The suspects then exited the location and fled. A witness looked outside and observed a tan 4-door Buick with possible 22” silver rims sped away from the location. However, the witness did not observe the suspects entering the vehicle.  One of the suspects in this incident is described as a Black male, 20s, 5’10”, weighing about 240 lbs. The second suspect is a Black male in his 20s, 6’0”, and weighing about 200 lbs. This is the third offense at the location since April 6, 2014, and has not been connected to the previous two offenses at this time.

String 3This Aggravated Robbery is document on Service Number 89020-B.    The suspects in all three cases are considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has information regarding either of these robbery offenses should call 911 or call the Dallas Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Robbery Unit at (214) 671-3622.