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).




Public Assistance Needed: Homicide at 9230 Skillman Street

Update April 13, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

Homicide Detectives determined through DNA evidence that Michael Browning, a 19-year-old Black male was responsible for the death of Deangelo Jerod Golphin. Michael Browning is currently serving a 15 year sentence for Aggravated Robbery in a Texas Department of Corrections facility. Please see affidavit below.

Updated February 19, 2016 at 7:47 p.m.:

On Friday, February 12, 2016, at approximately 11:46 p.m. at 9230 Skillman Street, the suspect pictured in the video got into the car (parked at the gas pumps in the center of the frame) belonging to the victim, Mr. DeAngelo Golphin B/M 28.  When Mr. Golphin got in the car, the suspect shot and killed him.  The suspect can then be seen fleeing from Mr. Golphin’s car on foot.  

Dallas Police homicide detectives are releasing this surveillance video footage and requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the murder suspect shown in the video.  The suspect is a black male, approximately 20-23 years old, 5’6” – 5’8” tall, with a curly afro that is shaved on the sides.

The Dallas Police Department is asking that anyone with information about this murder contact Dallas Police Homicide Detective T. Stewart at 214-671-3635. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373–TIPS (8477).


Original Post:

On Thursday, February 11, 2015, at approximately 8:17 p.m., Dallas Police Officers responded to a shooting call at the intersection of Ann Arbor Avenue and S. Marsalis Avenue. Upon Officers arrival, they observed the victim, Justin Manning Black Male 28, with multiple gunshot wounds. Mr. Manning was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

On Friday, February 12, 2016, at approximately 11: 46 p.m., Dallas Police Officers responded to a shooting at 9230 Skillman Street. The victim, DeAngelo Golphin Black male 28, parked his vehicle at the gas pumps and entered the store.  While Mr. Golphin was in the store, a Black Male suspect entered his vehicle. Mr. Golphin exited the store and returned to his vehicle. After Mr. Golphin got back inside his vehicle, the suspect shot him multiple times. The victim was transported to Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

The Dallas Police Department is asking that anyone with information about these murders contact the Dallas Police Homicide Unit at 214-671-3661. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373 – TIPS.

Request for Public Assistance in Community Center Shooting

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) involved in a shooting that occurred on June 24, 2016.  At about 10:30 pm, Vincent Warren was leaving a party that was being held at the Turnkey Community Center located at 4204 Tioga Street in Dallas. As the party was being shut down for the night, unknown suspect(s) began to shoot in the parking lot. As Mr. Warren walked back to his car, he was struck by one of the gunshots. Detectives are asking for the assistance of the community, specifically those that attended the party. Anyone with information pertaining to the shooting can contact Dallas Police Detective E.A. Ibarra at (214) 671-3646 in the Special Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers at 214-317-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous.


Updated June 28 at 4:45 pm


As you are all aware, Nicholas Fierros, Jr was found last night and I am pleased to announce that he is physically fine.  We wish to thank the members of the media that distributed Nicholas’ photo and told the story of his abduction yesterday.  When he was found, the couple that saw him recognized him from the photo that was widely distributed through traditional and social media. 

Moving forward, we continue to ask the public’s assistance in locating the individuals responsible for Nicholas’ abduction.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dallas Police Department at (214)671-4268. 

At this time, we would like to provide you an update to our Investigation.  First, we have been asked multiple times if we believe the kidnapping to be a hoax.  At this point in our investigation, we do not believe that to be the case for reasons that can’t be elaborated on at this time.  Next, we would like to say that we believe that this was not a random act.  Statements attributed to the suspects by the victim and his family indicates that the suspects specifically targeted the home.  We want to alieve any fear by the public that a crew of home invasion suspects are randomly breaking into homes and taking children. 

Additionally, we do have reason to believe that obtaining money was the motivation behind the suspect’s actions.  It appears that the suspects took Nicholas when they were unable to get money from the home invasion.  Finally, this is a very active investigation.  Our detectives are taking a wide range of investigative actions to identify to suspects involved. 

Updated June 27, 2016 at 8:50 p.m.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. Nicholas Fierros, Jr. was located safe by a citizen passerby in the area of Ann Arbor Avenue and Frio Drive; he will be reunited with his family shortly.  The citizen called Dallas 911 and Dallas police officers arrived and transported Nicholas to the Dallas Child Advocacy Center to be interviewed. Dallas Police will continue to investigate the case. 

More information will be release as it is appropriate to do so.

Updated June 27, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Around 12:35 p.m. today, Dallas Police were notified by 911 of a home invasion robbery occurring in the 800 block of Buick Avenue.  Three B/M’s dressed completely in black clothing and masks had forcibly entered the home and were demanding money at gunpoint.  The victim, Nicholas Fierros, Jr, a L/M 10 years of age was visiting relatives at the location.  The gunmen restrained the adult female relative, while two additional relatives that were minors hid in the home. One of the minor children called 911.  When the gunmen fled the location, they took Nicholas with them.  Nicholas is described as a L/M, ten years of age, 4’09” tall and 60 pounds.  He was wearing an orange shirt, white or khaki shorts and no shoes.  The suspects fled in an undermined location and by unknown means.  Anyone with information regarding this incident or Nicholas location is asked to call 911 or the Dallas Police Department at (214)671-4268. 

Original Post, June 27, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

NAME:  NICHOLAS FIERROS, JR                        

R/S/AGE: L/M/10                         

HEIGHT:  4’09”         Weight:  60 lbs                                  

HAIR: BROWN             EYES: BROWN     


CLOTHING: Last seen wearing an orange shirt with white or khaki shorts, he has no shoes on.

Suspect:  Unknown.  Child was taken, from the 800 block of Buick Avenue, in a home invasion robbery at gunpoint by 3 unknown B/M’s, On Monday, June 27, 2016, at approximately 12:30 p.m.  Suspect fled the seen with child in an unknown direction.

If you see this Child, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-4268.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above individual. Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.


Dallas Officers Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, members of the Dallas Police Department spent their morning volunteering with Habitat for Humanity down in south Dallas.  Volunteers worked on the early stages of the house, which is located in the historic Joppa neighborhood.  Together, with Habitat for Humanity, these volunteers worked to help create a stronger neighborhood and provide safe housing for a deserving family. 

Studies have shown this program assists with lowering violent crime in the areas they serve and has increased economic diversity.  Additionally, a study by SMU found that every dollar spent by Dallas Area Habitat generates $3.18 of economic activity. The department is already working on planning the next project with Habitat for Humanity. For more information regarding Habitat for Humanity and the studies mentioned please go to www.dallasareahabitat.org.  

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2016 Dallas Police Memorial Service Highlights

Below is a video highlighting the 2016 Dallas Police Memorial Service honoring all Dallas police officers who have given their lives while serving the city of Dallas.  The ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 12:00 pm.



Traffic Alert and Lane Closures

Upcoming Closures:

  • The eastbound I-30 exit to Lamar Street (Exit 45B) will be closed continuously beginning Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. The closure will last until Fall 2016. All traffic may take the exit to Cadiz/Griffin streets (next available exit) to access Lamar. View map below for detour

Traffic 1

The northbound I-35E direct connector to eastbound I-30 will be closed overnight starting Saturday, May 21 from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22. Traffic will be detoured to take the exit to Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and head east toward southbound U.S. 75/I-45 to access eastbound I-30. View map below for detour.

Traffic 2

Continuing Closures:

  • The new southbound I-35E exit to westbound I-30 is now open on the right side of the main lanes. The old left exit is permanently closed. Traffic is advised to remain in the right lane along southbound I-35E after Woodall Rodgers, following new signage to westbound I-30. View Video.
  • The westbound I-30 Riverfront Boulevard on-ramp is now open.
  • From westbound I-30, traffic will use Exit 46A (on the righthand side) to access BOTH northbound and southbound I-35E. Traffic should remain in the two right lanes prior to Ervay Street and follow posted signs. View Video.

The new northbound I-35E off-ramp to Reunion Boulevard is now open. This new exit ramp is on theright side for northbound I-35E traffic. NOTE: Drivers coming from westbound I-30 will still continue to use the current left exit to Reunion Boulevard

  • The southbound I-35E off-ramp to Riverfront Boulevard is now open.

The Sylvan Avenue off-ramp is now open and exit 43B “Frontage Road” ramp is closed on the westbound I-30 frontage road.

Closures are subject to change due to weather or  other unforeseen circumstances. View map.



18th Annual Theodore Roosevelt Award

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On May 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., the Dallas Police Department held the Eighteenth Annual Theodore Roosevelt Award Ceremony. This years recipient is Senior Corporal Kevin Scahill.

In 1920, the U.S. Congress chartered the Theodore Roosevelt Association to commemorate President Roosevelt and his lifelong admiration for the police profession. Each year, the local Texas Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association gives a very prestigious award to a deserving Dallas Police officer. The award was created for officers who have “overcome an adversity, whether injury, illness or other disability, and who have rendered, and continue to render, outstanding and praiseworthy service to the Dallas Police Department.”

Senior Corporal Kevin Scahill, #4792, is currently assigned to the Dallas Police Department Property Unit. He has been a member of the Dallas Police Department for over 33 years.  More than 16 years ago, he was seriously injured in an off-duty automobile accident.  As a result of his accident he became partially paralyzed and his injury left him unable to engage in many physical activities.  After the onset of his sustained injuries on August 2, 2000, he was reassigned to the Property Unit.  His disability has not hindered him from striving to excel in performing his duties and to be the best employee possible. He always finds a way to perform his duties at an unmatched level in spite of his limited mobility. His willingness to take on daily challenges is a true inspiration to everyone.  Scahill is the 18th recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Award.





Dallas Police Department Opens Camp Wisdom Outreach Center

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 2 p.m., the Dallas Police Department celebrated the opening of the new Dallas Police Department Camp Wisdom Outreach Center.  The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 Camp Wisdom Road, near the inside entrance of Sears on the northeast side of the mall.


Dallas Chief of Police David O. Brown, Deputy Chief Albert Martinez, Deputy Chief Christina Smith, Southwest Center Mall owner Peter Brodsky, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson, and Councilman Casey Thomas, II were present at the ribbon cutting.

“The Community Outreach Center at Southwest Center Mall will allow our officers to build on the relationships we have already established in the area,” said Dallas Chief of Police David O. Brown. “This type of partnership is a vital part of our community policing efforts,” Brown said. 

The Camp Wisdom Outreach Center will serve as an information center for the public and a supplemental office for officers from the Southwest and South Central Patrol Divisions.


“Chief on the Beat” at UNT-Dallas

Our first “Chief on the Beat” event of 2016 was held this past Saturday, April 2nd on the beautiful campus of UNT-Dallas in the South Central Patrol Division. It was a great day of food, fun, entertainment, and community engagement.

We are entering our 4th year of hosting the “Chief on the Beat” Crime Prevention Safety & Health Fairs. The Dallas Police Department’s Office of Community Affairs works alongside Patrol Divisions and other DPD Units in the planning and execution of these family-friendly events. The “Chief on the Beat” events are free and everyone is encouraged to come out and participate..

Mark your calendar for our upcoming UNIDOS “Chief on the Beat” being held in the Southwest Patrol Division on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am – 2pm at Kidd Springs Recreation Center (711 W. Canty St). We are currently in the planning stages to make this another fantastic community engagement opportunity for the whole family.

You can find pictures from this past Saturday’s event and stay in the know of any upcoming “Chief on the Beat” events using #ChiefontheBeat on social media. For additional information, please call the Office of Community Affairs at (214) 671-4045.

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