Arrest Made: In the Homicide Investigation of Kevin Edwards

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, at approximately 9:07 a.m., Dallas police responded to a shooting call at 4313 S. Malcolm X Blvd.  Upon arrival, officers observed the victim, Kevin Benard Edwards, a 37-year old black male, who was lying on the ground of the parking lot and being treated by Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel.    The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased from his injuries.

During the preliminary investigation, suspect, Michael Dewayne Williams, a 35-year old black male, was taken into custody by the officers at the scene.  He was transported to the Homicide Unit for interview purposes.  Suspect Williams refused to give a voluntary statement, and officers transported him to the Dallas County Jail, where he was charged with murder.  The investigation is documented on case number 057173-2020.

Critical Missing Person – John Louis Hester

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the Public’s assistance in locating Critical Missing Person John Louis Hester. Mr. Hester was last seen on March 25, 2020, at about 2:00 p.m., walking in the 2600 block of E. Illinois Avenue. He may be confused and require assistance.

Mr. Hester is described as an 81-year-old Black male with brown eyes and gray hair. He stands about 5’06” tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Mr. Hester was last seen wearing a dark-colored gray shirt, blue jeans, turquoise/blue/white shoes.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Mr. Hester, please call 911 or the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268.

Shelter in Place Information

There has been some misinformation about the Dallas Police Department’s approach to the shelter-in-place ordinance. Please see the statement below for clarity.  

Dallas Police officers were previously provided a summary of the shelter in place order for Dallas County. The City has now adopted similar regulations. Essentially, the regulations require all individuals anywhere in the City of Dallas to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities.

DPD’s first line of defense is an educational approach. Officers will inform residents of the shelter in place regulations and the reasons for their implementation. Next, officers will ask them to disperse as a means of voluntary compliance. Given the seriousness of this COVID-19 pandemic, violators are expected to leave the area peacefully.

Officers will not stop residents, asking for ID or documentation supporting their need to be out of their residence, without other legitimate reasons for the stop. At this time, DPD will focus on educating the public.

 

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Help Detectives Locate A Vehicle of Interest in Homicide on Summerwood

On March 22, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the victim, Kaleb Simpson, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Summerwood Cove Apartments at 9821 Summerwood Circle. The suspects were driving the vehicle pictured above, which was captured on video surveillance entering the apartment complex immediately before the murder and exiting immediately afterwards. The vehicle is believed to be a 2013 or newer Nissan Altima, dark blue in color, with factory wheels and a temporary license plate. There is no window tint and the front passenger side running lamp is out.

Dallas Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this offense or the vehicle pictured above to contact Det. Isom with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (469) 475-6004 or andrea.isom@dallascityhall.com. Please reference case #055318-2020.

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 (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Financial Crimes Scam Alert

The Dallas Police Department’s Financial Investigations Unit has noticed an increase in the number of residents’ complaints regarding a variety of phone and email scams.  The type of scams being reported are not new and may vary, but the current, most common scams are related to COVID-19, the IRS, police, social security, and other types of variations.  The scammer’s underlying request can be to purchase gift cards and will request the gift card numbers be provided back to the scammer to resolve the scam issue. 

The Dallas Police Department is WARNING citizens that no police, federal, or business entity will call you requesting gift cards to resolve an issue. For more information on these scams, please check the Consumer Alert Blog Post from the Federal Trade Commission provided below. 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/now-more-ever-spot-scams-ftcscambingo

Also contact the Justice Department which recently enacted the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline to help. Call 1-866-720-5721 or email disaster@leo.gov to report COVID-19 fraud.

Be wary of malicious websites and apps pretending to track COVID19 cases worldwide. Criminals are constructing these websites and apps to infect and lock devices until payment is received. Report it to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov and if it’s a cyber scam, submit your complaint through https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.

 

 

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Managing COVID-19 Stress

Tips on Looking After Yourself

  • Take a break from the news

  • Take care of your body

  • Make time to unwind

  • Connect with others

The situation may be overwhelming, but coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

 

Source: WHO

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NTBHA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

As a result of the current state of emergency, the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA) has developed a dedicated COVID-19 mental health support line available to our system of care to provide trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety during this time of crisis. This service will operate as an adjunct to our crisis services and allow for direct transfers between lines to address a need for a crisis level care.

It is normal to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during times of public crisis. This dedicated line will provide relief to our traditional crisis line while providing the necessary support within our community as we work through this specific crisis. The NTBHA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line can be reached at, 833-251-7544. Individuals who contact the COVID-19 support line needing a higher level of care will be transferred directly to our traditional 24/7 NTBHA crisis line at, 866-260-8000.

This information will be shared across our social media pages and website. We are urging our stakeholders and providers to share through their various networks as well. This line will be available 24/7 starting Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12pm CST.

Arrest Made in Dennis Road Homicide

On Monday, March 23, 2020, at approximately 10:58 p.m., patrol officers responded to a shooting call in the 11600 block of Dennis Road.  Upon officers’ arrival, they found the victim, Jeremy Michael Averett, a 22-year old White male, slumped in the drivers’ seat with a gunshot wound to his upper right chest area.  Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. 

During the preliminary investigation, homicide detectives developed a suspect, Eissa Yanouri-Roa, a 19-year old Black male at another local hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen and hip area.  After being released from the hospital, he was transported to the Homicide Unit for interview purposes.  The suspect refused to give a statement, and he was immediately transported to the Dallas County Jail, where he was charged with murder. This investigation remains active at this time and will be documented on case number 056008-2020.

 

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Officer Involved Shooting – Spur 408 at Kiest Boulevard

On March 24, 2020, at approximately 12:47 a.m., officers responded to a call at Spur 408 and Kiest Boulevard regarding a male on foot shooting a gun. Officers located the Latin male suspect walking on the northbound side of Spur 408. Officers reported that the male began firing a gun in the direction of officers. The officers returned fire striking the suspect. Preliminary evidence at the scene supports the officers’ account of the incident. The suspect was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. No officers were injured. A weapon was recovered at the location. The offense will be documented on case number 056065-2020.

 

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Help Needed in the Homicide Investigation of Kaleb Simpson

On March 22, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Dallas Police responded to a shooting call at 9821 Summerwood Circle, the Summerwood Cove Apartments. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, Kaleb Simpson, a 20-year-old black male, in the parking lot with a gunshot wound. Dallas Fire and Rescue pronounced him deceased at the scene. Another individual, who was with the victim, was shot in the hand and was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. Witnesses reported that a dark-colored Nissan four-door sedan pulled behind the vehicle that the victim was in and shot multiple times, striking the victim and the other individual. The Nissan sedan then fled immediately back through the front of the apartment complex.

Dallas Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this offense contact Det. Isom with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3701, or andrea.isom@dallascityhall.com. Please reference case #055318-2020.

 

Crime Stoppers

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 (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.