Connecting With The Chief On The Beat

Have you ever seen the show “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee?” The concept is very simple. A popular comedian drives around in a car with a celebrity to get coffee and have an interesting conversation that is all being recorded along the way.

Well, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown decided to take the comedic concept, but transform it into a way to have productive, one-on-one time with community leaders to discuss neighborhood issues. 

Chief Brown wanted to ride around with the most outspoken community leaders, so he could hear about problem areas directly from the people who live there. Chief Brown explains, “The purpose is connecting with their concerns and making them ours.” 

Below is the first episode of “Connecting with the Chief on the Beat” featuring Downtown Community Leader, Tanya Ragan:

Community Awareness: Robbery and Theft at Katy Trail and Reverchon Park

The Dallas Police Department would like the public to be aware of the following offenses that occurred near the Katy Trail. The two cases do not appear to be related. Please remember to always be aware of your surroundings and try to walk in groups rather than alone. 

Reverchon Park, Theft from Person – 2200 Turtle Creek                                   

On January 9, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., a female victim, 31, was jogging on the Katy Trail. When she exited the trail and entered Reverchon Park, a black male suspect stepped in front of her and yelled “give me all your money” several times. The victim tossed a five-dollar bill at the suspect, sprayed him with mace, and ran away. The suspect did not pursue her.

The suspect was described as a black male, 23 years old, 6’0’’ tall weighing 200 lbs., wearing a gray hoodie, black wind pants, gray beanie, and black headphones.  This case is being investigated as a Theft from Person offense, a 3rd degree felony, because the suspect made no threats and did not display a weapon.

 Individual Robbery – 1600 Lyte Street                                   

On January 13, 2016, at 4:24 p.m., a male victim was walking in the 1600 block of Lyte Street after coming off the Katy Trail near the American Airlines Center when he was approached by two black male suspects who engaged him in conversation. As he continued walking, one of the suspects struck him in the head with an unknown object knocking him to the ground. The victim ran away from the suspects. The suspects caught up to him, slammed him to the ground and stole his cell phone. Both suspects fled on foot when witnesses intervened.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 19 years old, 6’ 0” tall, short hair, wearing all black. The second suspect is described as a black male, 16-19 years old, 5’ 8” tall, weighing 150 pounds, with a light skin tone. 

It does not appear that the suspects in either of the offenses near the Katy Trail are related.  Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information related to these offenses, call Dallas Police detectives at 214-671-3584.


Press Conference: Community Awareness – Indecency With a Child

The Dallas Police Department has identified 3 separate incidents where an adult male suspect has approached teenage girls on their way to or from school. We believe all three incidents to be related.  Informational bulletins were distributed on the first two offenses and with a possible third case we need the help of the community to identify leads or a suspect in these cases.

The first offense occurred on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at approximately 9:00 am, when a 17 year old female, while walking to school in the 1000 block of Hutchins, was assaulted by an unknown male, possibly with the intent to abduct her.  The victim was able to free herself and the suspect fled the location in a newer model dark colored vehicle.  The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, 5’6”, and 185 pounds.  The suspect was wearing a navy blue hoodie and blue jeans.  This offense was reported on case number 118721-2015.

The second incident occurred on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at approximately 4:30 pm, when a 16 year old female was walking home in the 3500 Block of Blue Ridge Drive. The victim was walking behind the Zion Apostolic Temple Church when she walked past a black, 4-door, newer model vehicle that was parked on a dirt road behind the church.  The victim continued to walk across the soccer field at Doris Berry Park when she heard someone running towards her.  When the victim turned around she saw a black male wearing only a t-shirt with his genitals exposed.  The female ran from the location and police were notified. The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, light skinned, short beard, 5”9”, 190 pounds.  The Suspect was wearing a dark grey Polo type shirt. This offense was reported on Case Number 239132-2015.

The latest incident occurred on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at approximately 6:30 pm. A 14 year old female and her 17 year old female friend were walking home from school in the 1000 block of Hutchins when they were approached by an unknown male suspect.  This suspect exited a vehicle at the location wearing only a shirt and chased the two victims while exposing his genitals.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, 6’0”, 200 pounds, wearing a white shirt.  The suspect’s vehicle is described as a newer model, 4 door, black, possible Honda Accord.

This offense was reported on Case Number 280666-2015.

There is a coordinated effort between resources of the Investigative Bureau and the South Central Patrol Division to locate and identify this suspect; this includes detectives reviewing video from area businesses for possible leads.

Again, we ask that anyone having additional information on these offenses contact Detective Ortiz at 214- 671-4473 or Detective DelaPaz at 214-671-4205.