Enjoy a Safe 4th of July

The Dallas Police Department encourages everyone to have a happy and safe 4th of July. Although many of the festivities will be a little different this year because of the coronavirus, we encourage you to search the internet for events near you and refrain from shooting fireworks and/or firearms in the air. It’s illegal. Also, remember to maintain social distancing and wear your mask if you do find an event to attend.

  • The possession and use of fireworks is prohibited in the City of Dallas.
  • Those in possession of fireworks can be fined up to $2,000.
  • Discharging a firearm can result in 1 year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

In some cases, it can lead to a deadly conduct charge and can result in 2 to 10 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

The Dallas Police Department will also be conducting a No-Refusal DWI Initiative from July 2nd – July 6th, 2020. Officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath or blood sample.

Help us keep you and your community safe during the 4th of July holiday by reporting any of these illegal activities to 9-1-1 or utilize the iWatch Dallas App on your smart device.

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DWI NO REFUSAL INITIATIVE

The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No Refusal DWI Initiative during the Independence Day Celebration beginning at 6:00 P.M., Thursday, July 2, 2020, and ending at 6:00 A.M, Monday, July 6, 2020.

During this initiative, which occurs year-round, officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.

Homicide on E. Ledbetter Drive

Update 7/09/2020 

During the course of this investigation, it was determined that Angelo Walker was responsible for the murder of Merci Richey.  On July 8, 2020, Angelo Walker was arrested by the North Texas Fugitive Task Force. 

Update 7/01/2020 at 7:50 pm:

Many thanks to the community for your prompt response to our ask for assistance. After input from the next of kin, we have since learned that the 22-year-old Black transgender female victim, was known as Merci Richey. If anyone has any information regarding this offense contact Detective Tabor with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (214)671-3605 or brian.tabor@dallascityhall.com. Please reference# 114244-2020.

Original Post:

On June 30, 2020, at approximately 6:15 a.m., a passerby found the victim, a 22-year-old Black transgender female, unconscious in a parking lot of the Rosemont Apartments at 3015 E Ledbetter Drive. After contact with next of kin, it was determined that the victim’s legal name was Michael Richey. We have not been provided with a preferred name at this time, and we are asking for the community’s assistance with any additional information. Dallas Fire and Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. Residents at the location reported to police that they heard gunfire around 5:00 a.m., but there are no records of 911 calls at that time.

Dallas police are asking that anyone with information regarding this offense contact Detective Tabor with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3605 or brian.tabor@dallascityhall.com. Please reference case #114244-2020.

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.

 

Chief Hall Announces New General Order on the Release of Police Videos from Critical Incidents

(DALLAS, June 30, 2020)–The Dallas Police Department today announced a new change to the department’s General Orders. The modification involves a change in the Video Release Policy when recordings depict specific encounters with the public. Beginning today, the department will release recordings, within 72 hours, of Critical Incidents including Officer Involved Shootings and Use of Force that results in serious bodily injury or death. It also includes release of video secured when a Death in Custody event happens.

Previously, the video was released on a case-by-case basis.

Dallas Police Chief Hall also expanded the order so it will allow an opportunity for the injured person or a next of kin for a deceased person to review the footage prior to the public release.  Additionally, the Director of the Office of Community Police Oversight, the District Attorney as well as the involved officer (s) will have an opportunity to view the video recording prior to its release.

“This is another step in our efforts to establish a foundation of transparency and trust among DPD and our communities,” said Chief Hall.

A second reform was implemented today, DPD began posting its monthly traffic and citation data, including analysis displaying race and ethnicities of the people cited. This step was outlined early this month when Dallas presented the “One Dallas: R.E.A.L. Change Plan” to the City Council. 

Arrest Made in the Homicide Investigation at the 4400 Block of Cicero Street

Updated Blog Post:

On June 30, 2020, Dakerrick Hamilton, a 27-year-old black male, and Adrian Ashley, a 26-year-old black male, were both charged for the murders of Jennifer Hernandez and Kenneth Wesley that occurred on August 24, 2019, at the 4000 block of Cicero Street. Hamilton and Ashley were already in the custody of the Dallas County Sheriff for two other unrelated murders. They have both been charged with capital murder, a capital felony. Their bond will be determined by a Dallas County Magistrate.

Original Post:

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, at approximately 12:15 a.m., Dallas police were dispatched to a shooting call in the 4400 block of Cicero Street.  Upon arrival, officers found the victims, Jennifer Hernandez, a 39-year old Latin female, and Kenneth Wesley, a 26-year old Black male, shot on the driveway next to a parked green Mercury Grand Marquis.  Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced Jennifer Hernandez deceased at the scene.  Kenneth Wesley was transported to an area hospital where he died from multiple gunshot wounds.  The Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit is asking for the public’s assistance regarding this capital murder and is encouraging anyone with information to contact Detective Olegario Garcia at 214-671-3994 or via email:  olegario.garcia@dallascityhall.com Please refer to case no. 171724-2019.

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, seven days a week.   

 

Please Help Identify Suspect

On April 26, 2020, at approximately 9:20 am., a citizen found a small black Pittbull type dog in the rear apartment complex dumpster located at 2806 Holmes St, Dallas, TX. The dog was found with severe, life-threatening injuries to her head area. DPD is requesting any witnesses that saw who injured the dog and/or who put the dog in the dumpster to please contact DPD Crime Stoppers 1(877)373-TIPS or Detective H. Tamez, #8518, Animal Cruelty Unit at 214-671-0115.

Need Help to Identify Suspect

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an Animal Cruelty Suspect who has shot two cats in the area of 2400 Hondo Ave on or about the dates of March 29, 2020, and May 11, 2020.

If you know who may have shot the two cats or have any information regarding the shooting of the two cats, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-TIPS or the Dallas Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Unit at 214-670-7694 or 214-671-0142.

Homicide at 5207 Colonial Avenue

Updated Post on June 29, 2020,

On June 29, 2020, Kenvairiay Javera Smith, a 22-year-old Black male was arrested for warrants.  He was transported to Dallas Police Headquarters and admitted to shooting the complainant during an altercation.  Smith has been charged with murder and placed in jail.  His bond will be set by a magistrate.

 

Original Post:

On June 1, 2020, at approximately 4:50 a.m., Dallas police responded to a shooting call at 5200 Colonial Avenue.  Upon their arrival, they discovered the victim, Theron Crawford, a 48-year-old Black male shot multiple times.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.  Anyone with information regarding this offense is encouraged to contact Detective Kramer, #7967 at 214-671-3608 or ronald.kramer@dallascityhall.com.  Please refer to report #096611-2020.

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.

Help Locate Homicide Suspect Hector Raul Wong Garza

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Hector Raul Wong Garza AKA “Bola”

On June 20, 2020, at about 8:20 p.m., the suspect shot and killed the complainant at the Dairy Mart car wash at 5112 W. Davis Street. The suspect may be attempting to flee to Mexico.

The Dallas Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the above pictured individual to contact Detective Curtis in the Dallas Police Homicide Unit at 214-671.3633 or guy.curtis@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us.

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 at 3000 Municipal Street

On June 27, 2020, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Dallas police responded to a shooting at William Blair Park located at 3000 Municipal Street.  Upon their arrival, they spoke with Mark Piper, a 51-year-old Black male and concealed handgun license holder.  According to Mr. Piper, he was standing outside his vehicle speaking with friends when he observed an unidentified male point a pistol at him before getting into the driver’s seat of Mr. Piper’s Dodge Charger.  Mr. Piper produced his own handgun and shot the male.  He died from his injuries.  Detectives interviewed Mr. Piper and several witnesses to the incident.  Based on the evidence and witnesses corroborating Mr. Piper’s account of the events, this case will be referred to a Dallas County Grand Jury.  Anyone with information regarding this offense is encouraged to contact Detective Belew, #7615 at 214-422-9275 or patty.belew@dallascityhall.com.  Please reference case #112942-2020.

 

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.