Press Conference: Carjacking Incident at 1309 Main St.

Updated Sunday, January 31, 2016:

On January 30, 2016, at about 1:30 p.m. a citizen flagged down DART Police At the West End Dart Rail station. That citizen pointed out an individual and told the officers that that he was a participant in the Robbery of Sarah Hoff that occurred at 1309 Main Street on January 21st.   

The officers attempted to detain and identify the suspect but he tried to escape on foot. Dart Officers pursued the suspect on foot before Dallas Police Mounted Officers joined them.  When the suspect saw  that he was being pursued by officers on horseback the suspect surrendered.  

Ira Booker, B/M/01-07-99, was arrested for Evading Arrest and transported to Dallas Police Headquarters where he was interviewed by robbery detectives. Mr. Booker admitted to his involvement in the Robbery of Sarah Hoff.  Mr. Booker is in the Dallas County Jail charged with Evading Arrest and Robbery. 

We want to thank the public and specifically the individual who pointed out Ira Booker to police. Detectives continue to work to identify the second suspect who was shown in surveillance video earlier this week. 

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Dallas Police Release Surveillance Video of Violent Carjacking Suspect

On January 21, 2016, at about 9:47 p.m. a female victim, Ms. Sarah Hoff was sitting in her vehicle on the eighth floor of the Davis Building parking garage at 1309 Main Street. Two black male suspects opened her driver and passenger doors and beat her with their fists. The suspects pulled Ms. Hoff from her vehicle and demanded money and then got into her 2003 BMW and sped away with her purse and credit cards. 

Later that same evening at about 11:23 p.m. one suspect drove Ms. Hoff’s stolen BMW to the McDonalds restaurant at 2215 S. Buckner Boulevard and used the her stolen credit card to make a purchase at the drive-thru window.  This suspect was captured on video the stolen vehicle and speaking with a male parked behind him in a Hummer H3. 

We are releasing this surveillance video in hopes that someone will recognize this suspect and help us identify him.  Detectives are in the process of analyzing additional video to determine whether or not there are more images of the suspects.  This investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as it becomes available and appropriate for release.

Anyone that recognizes the individual in this video is asked to call Detective Brow at (214) 671-3584. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

Surveillance Videos Capture Suspect in Two Separate Burglaries!

Update: Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest in this offense. 

On December 17, 2015, at approximately 6:30 a.m., an unknown suspect broke into a residence in the 10300 block of Pondwood and removed a wedding ring and cash.  The homeowner was inside the residence when this offense was committed.  The suspect kicked in the front door setting the alarm off. The homeowner heard the alarm and locked herself into the bathroom and called 911.  The suspect returned five minutes later and reentered the home.  The homeowner  fired one shot at the suspect from inside her locked bathroom.  Surveillance video captured images of the suspect.  This burglary offense is documented on case number 292653-2015.

On December 25, 2015, at approximately 12:30 a.m., an unknown suspect entered through an unlocked sliding glass door at the rear of a house located in the 700 block of Pleasant Woods. The homeowners were also home at the time this offense was committed.  The suspect entered and exited the home multiple times with the homeowner’s property without the homeowners knowledge.  Surveillance video captured images of the suspect.  This offense is documented on case number 300217-2015.

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect. If anyone has information on these burglaries or know the identity of this suspect, please contact Detective Lucy Barnett at 214-671-0115 or Detective Don Randle at 214-671-0128 of the Southeast Investigative Unit.

Have You Seen These Shoes

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect in the video below. This suspect is responsible for several Aggravated Robberies of businesses in Dallas. He is described as a Black male, 6’0″ tall, weighs about 180 lbs. and is known to wear gray and teal colored Nike sneakers while committing these offenses. The suspect robbed the following businesses: 

November 8, 2015 @3:30 a.m. 7-11 – 5712 Skillman St.  Case# 260224-2015

November 13, 2015 @ 1:06 a.m. 7-11 – 3602 S. Lancaster Rd. Case# 264034-2015

November 13, 2015 @ 2:06 a.m. 7-11 – 6833 W. Northwest Hwy  Case# 264080-2015

December 2, 2015 @ 3:45 a.m. 7-11 – 1023 S. Hampton Rd. Case# 279564-2015

December 16, 2015 @ 11:28 p.m. 7-11 – 3020 N. Hampton Rd  Case# 292488-2015

December 20, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m. Little Caesar’s – 4101  Ross Ave. Case# 295660-2015

If you recognize the suspect, please contact the Dallas Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 214-671-3584. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477(TIPS). 

WANTED: Aggravated Robbery Suspect Santos Bustos

On December 10, 2015, Santos Bustos and his brother Jorge Bustos lured a male victim to their home to discuss an ongoing dispute.  When the victim arrived both brothers fired upon the victim with assault rifles as he sat in his vehicle.  The Bustos brothers captured the victim and took him to a nearby back yard where they beat him with their assault rifles and stole his cell phone and car keys. The victim suffered severe lacerations to his face and fractures.

On December 14, 2015, search and arrests warrants were executed at the residence of Santos and Jorge Bustos. Jorge Bustos was arrested.  Santos Bustos was not at home and remains at large wanted for Aggravated Robbery. This offense is documented on case number 287709-2015.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Santos Omero Bustos, Latin male 11-13-1986, is asked to call the Dallas Police Department Robbery Unit at 214-671-3584. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477.

Santos Omero Bustos

Santos Omero Bustos

Capital Murder Suspect Sought

Update: December 16, 2015 @ 10:45 a.m.

On November 5, 2015, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the victim, Cecil William, was shot at 1551 E. Woodin Boulevard during the commission of a robbery.  Mr. Williams was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.  During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Timothy Stanfield Black male 37 and other accomplices were responsible for Mr. Williams’s death.  Suspect Stanfield is at large. Bond is set at $100,000.00.

Please see the below Probable Cause Affidavit for more information. 

Update: December 8, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.

On November 5, 2015, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Cecil Williams was shot at 1551 E. Woodin Blvd during the commission of a robbery. Mr. Williams was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.  During the course of the investigation, it was determined that L.J. Toliver B/M 31 and other accomplices were responsible for Mr. Williams death. Toliver, who is currently in jail on unrelated charges, will be charged with Capital Murder.  His bond is set at $100,000.00. 

Update: November 20, 2015 @ 4:45 p.m. 

We would like to announce the capture of Ashley Ware B/F 21 for the Capital Murder of Cecil Williams that occurred on November 5, 2015, at 1551 E. Woodin Blvd. here in Dallas. She was arrested in Amarillo, Texas on November 19, 2015.

We would like to thank the family and community for their patience and we would also like to thank the Detectives who diligently worked to solve the murder of Mr. Williams.

Update: November 13, 2015 @ 10:45 a.m. 

Two additional PCA’s have been added regarding the home invasion robbery at 1551 E. Woodin Blvd. in which the home owner, Cecil Williams,  was  shot and killed. Suspects Equalyn Davis and Obra London are in custody.  Ashley Ware is still at large.

Original Post : November 5, 2015

The complainant, Cecil Williams, B/M 44 was shot and killed by the suspect, Obra Louis London B/M 27, as the suspect was committing an Aggravated Robbery at the residence of the complainant. The suspect was identified by witnesses that were also at the residence.  Suspect London is still at large.  This homicide is documented on Case Number 257610-2015.  Please see the Probable Cause Arrest Affidavit below for more details.

 

Arrest Made in Homicide of Zoe Hastings

Update October 26, 2015, 9:07 am: Please see the probable cause affidavit regarding the Capital Murder arrest of Antonio Lamar Cochran B/M 1-19-1981. Antonio Lamar Cochran is currently in the Dallas County Jail.

A Statement from Chief David O. Brown

October 24, 2015 3:40 pm

I would like to commend the men and women of the Dallas Police Department, particularly the Homicide Unit, for their hard work and dedication in the Zoe Hastings murder investigation.  Investigators worked countless hours and followed numerous leads throughout the last several days to identify and track down the suspect who committed this horrific crime.  This would not have been possible without the involvement of the citizens of this great city.  Citizens throughout the community provided invaluable tips that aided in this arrest.  In addition, Oak Farms Dairy’s reward offer kept the tips flowing and we are grateful for their generosity. I would also like to commend the media for their efforts in keeping this story in the news by broadcasting important information out to the community.

 Our prayers and thoughts will continue to be with the Hasting’s family as we proceed through the criminal justice process.

David O. Brown
Chief of Police

Video of Press Conference in its entirety  on arrest. 

UPDATE OCTOBER 24, 2015 2:00 pm

The department is pleased to announce that we have made an arrest of the suspect responsible for the murder of Zoe Hastings.

First I want to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Hastings family for their patience and support in what I can only imagine is the most difficult event they’ve ever been through – to each and every citizen volunteer who gave their time to help canvass the neighborhoods – to the hundreds of citizens who took the time to call and report possible leads to our detectives, – to Oak Farms Dairy for the generous offer of a reward, – to the crime scene technicians and analysts who meticulously processed the crime scene for physical evidence, –  to the members of our U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension team and finally to our very hard working detectives of the Dallas Police Homicide Unit.  This truly was a community policing success given the involvement and cooperation of citizens and police.

Late last night, we received the results from DNA tests conducted on physical evidence recovered from the crime scene.  Those results showed a match with an individual in the DNA database. 

The suspect identified as Antonio Lamar Cochran B/M 1-19-1981, matched the description of the witness who saw him abduct Zoe from the Walgreens and drive off with her.  We gave this information to our detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Apprehension Team and in less than 8 hours they were able to locate and arrest him in an apartment in Northeast Dallas early this morning.

He has been taken to the Dallas County Jail and charged with Capital Murder and his bond is currently set at $1 Million dollars.

Once again I want to say thank you to the Hasting family and our citizens for the way they came together to assist us in solving this tragic murder.

UPDATE  OCTOBER 20, 2015 4:00 pm

Thank you to the family, friends and citizen volunteers who have helped in canvassing, relaying information and who have worked to assist police in solving this tragic crime. Detectives continue to work diligently on investigating the murder of Ms. Zoe Hastings. 

We have been given information by a witness who describes seeing a B/M approximately 5’10, 170lbs with a bushy afro, speak to a blonde woman in a white minivan at the Walgreens at 9937 Garland Road around the time period we believe Ms. Hastings disappeared. The witness described seeing the male get into the minivan as the female moved over to the passenger seat. 

Further, we have recovered physical evidence that corroborates another witness’ statement that Ms. Hasting’s vehicle was involved in a collision near the intersection of Newcombe Dr. and Peavy Rd. between 4:40 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015.  Ms. Hastings vehicle appears to have collided with a speed limit sign there.

We are aware of a female who likely witnessed the collision. We would like to locate her and anyone who may have seen the collision involving the van.

We are also asking people who live within the radius of this circle on this map who may have home security footage during this time that may have captured images of this van to also reach out to detectives. 

Detectives have canvassed and continue to canvass the area homes and businesses for video or witnesses.  We also would like to reiterate that we’ve received a number of calls from people reporting sightings of Ms. Hasting’s white Honda Odyssey.  We have that van and are not looking for it.  We are simply asking for people who saw her van between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015 to contact police.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to please call Detective Sayers at (214) 671 – 3647.

UPDATE  OCTOBER 14, 2015 5:30 pm

We want to thank the members of the community who have come forward with information related to this case and we want to update the public on the progress of the case thus far and ask for their continued assistance related to information we have discovered.

We believe that at about 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015, Zoe left home and drove to the Walgreens Drug Store at the corner of Garland Rd. and Peavy Rd. to return a Red Box Movie.  We believe she left shortly thereafter.

We are currently reaching out to Walgreens as well as the media to try and identify any customers who may have been in the store between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday so that homicide detectives can reach out and see if they remember either seeing Zoe, the van or anyone else of interest to the case.

Additionally, members of Zoe’s family have and advised us that they will be organizing a canvass of the area around the crime scene tomorrow starting at 5:00 p.m. at Norbuck Park located at 200 North Buckner Boulevard.

Detectives canvassed area homes and businesses today and we are currently working on processing all related physical evidence collected.   We hope to know more as evidence is processed as we follow up on leads.  We will provide additional details as they become available.

If anyone has information regarding the murder, they should contact

Detective S. Sayers #7157

Dallas Police Homicide Unit

214-671-3647

ORIGINAL POST OCTOBER 13, 2015 AT 5:20 pm

On October 12, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., officers responded to the 11700 block of Dixfield Drive regarding a 2007 white Honda Odyssey in the creek. Upon the officers’ arrival, they found Zoe Hastings, White female 18, deceased from obvious homicidal violence.

Zoe, a recent graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, was found dead in her minivan near Easton Road and East Lake Highlands Drive.  Detectives believe she left her home Sunday evening to go to a nearby church. 

Oak Farms will pay $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person responsible for Ms. Hastings’ death. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit (214) 671 -3584 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line (214) 373- TIPS (8477).

Suspect Wanted in Homicide

On October 6, 2015 at approximately 6:15 p.m., Dallas Police were notified regarding the death of victim Fransisco Landaverde-Garcia L/M/47 at Doctors Hospital.  As a result of the investigation, it was determined that victim Mr. Landaverde-Garcia was assaulted and hospitalized by suspect Christopher Bateman B/M/22 who is pictured below. Mr. Landaverde-Garcia never recovered from his injuries after being assaulted by Bateman on September 23, 2015.  Bateman has been charged with murder and remains at-large. 

Capture

Please see the attached arrest affidavit for more information. This homicide is documented on case number 232314-2015.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they should contact Detective P. Trujillano #8874 Dallas Police Homicide Unit 214-671-3584.

 

Suspect in Double Homicide Wanted

UPDATE: Ronald Brown has been arrested and is currently in Lew Sterrett Justice Center. Mr. Brown turned himself in.

Original Post: October 13, 2015 5:52 pm.

Dallas police have identified Brown, Ronald Bernard B/M 6/30/1997 as the suspect wanted in connection of the murders of Tracy Evans and Felicia Jones that occurred on 10/12/2015 at 2728 Millmar Drive.  He was last seen in a blue Dodge Caliber TX LIC CXN-7974

We are asking for the public’s help in locating Brown.  Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call Dallas police homicide detectives at 214-671-3584. The public should not approach Brown but should call police immediately.

Suspect Wanted for Shooting @ 4100 Metropolitan Avenue

UPDATE:  A Crime Stopper’s tip came in over the weekend that lead to the arrest of Michael Scott.  Thank you for your help in getting a violent criminal off the streets.

Scott, Michael

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Michael Scott, a Black male who is 28 years old. Michael Scott is a suspect wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

On August 17, 2015, at approximately 9:10 p.m., officers responded to a Shooting call in the 4100 block of Metropolitan Avenue. Upon arrival, officers observed that two victims had been shot. The suspect and one of the victims were involved in a verbal altercation at which time the altercation escalated and the suspect fired a gun, striking the original intended victim, and a second victim, who was standing outside the location. The suspect fled the location prior to officer’s arrival. The first victim is a 31 year-old Black male, and the second is a 34 year-old Black female.

The Gang Unit detectives working the case have identified the shooter as Michael Scott, B/M, 06/16/1987.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS SHOULD CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-877-373-TIPS (8477) OR DETECTIVE GREGORY CERASO AT 214-671-4184.  A REWARD UP TO $5,000 IS OFFERED FOR HIS ARREST AND INDICTMENT.

Public Assistance Needed in Murder Offense – 2042 West Northwest Highway

Murdercase

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to help identify the person in the posted photos.

The individual in the photograph is wanted in connection with the murder offense that occurred on July 9, 2015, at about 5:30 p.m., at the Shamrock Gas Station located at 2042 West Northwest Highway.

Anyone with information regarding this offense, or knows the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Perez of the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit  at 214-283-4852. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5000 dollars for information that leads to an arrest and indictment for this offense or other felony crimes.