Abilene Police Department

  • Agency: Abilene Police Department
  • Address: 450 Pecan St, Abilene, 79604 TX
  • Chief: Melvin Martin (Chief of Police)
Phone: (325) 673-8331

Abilene Police Department is located at 450 Pecan St, Abilene, 79604 TX. The Chief of Police of the department is Melvin Martin. The Abilene Police Department phone number is (325) 673-8331.

Abilene Police Department News

UPDATE ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER CASE: A short time ago, Willie Gray was spotted by a citizen in the 1600 block of Graham. Patrol officers responded and located Gray in the street. He was unarmed and arrested without incident. We are grateful this ended peacefully and without injury to anyone. He has been charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer-a first degree felony. His bond has been set at $200,000. Sgt. Lynn Beard

Aggravated Assault Against Peace Officer ABILENE, TX – On November 29, 2017, an Abilene Officer approached a suspect at 1401 Lillius after a citizen reported a man walking in the neighborhood with a rifle. The suspect charged a .223 assault rifle and pointed in the direction of the Officer. While the Officer took cover behind his police SUV, the suspect fled the scene. Police set up a perimeter in the Lillius vicinity and searched the area with K-9’s which proved unsuccessful. Police then formed two teams to search house to house which also proved unsuccessful. As of 1:30 PM, the perimeter on Lillius has been released. The suspect, identified as Willie Gray DOB 7/11/88, was not found. This is an active investigation, so the Abilene Police Department will continue to follow all leads until Willie Gray is safely taken into custody. Respectfully, Alaisha Montanez City of Abilene Communications Manager

Joint Operation Leads to Online Solicitation Arrest A recent joint investigation has resulted in the arrest of an Abilene resident. On 11/27/17 members of the Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit, FBI, and Dyess Office of Special Investigations executed a search warrant and an arrest warrant at 2901 Red Oak Circle in Abilene. Floyd Anthony Jones, age 56, has been arrested and charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor. His bond has been set at $25,000. Timeline: In April of 2017, Homeland Security Investigations began an undercover sting operation during which an undercover federal agent responded to a Craigslist ad, posted by Jones, soliciting sexual relations with underage females via the child’s mother. During the subsequent explicit conversations, including phone calls and chat rooms, Jones made plans to meet with the undercover agent for the purpose of having sex with whom he believed to be the undercover agent’s 13-14 year old daughter in June of 2017. Jones ultimately abandoned the planned meeting. Due to the abandoned meet, the case no longer fell within the purview of HSI. That agency forwarded the case information to Dyess Office of Special Investigations and the FBI. After the facts were reviewed, the FBI contacted the Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit in November of 2017 to determine if any state charges were applicable. After a review by APD and consultation with the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office, a search warrant for Jones’ residence was issued on 11/26/17 and an arrest warrant was issued today. During the early morning hours of 11/27/17, FBI Agents, Dyess OSI Agents, and APD Detectives executed the search warrant and the arrest warrant at 2901 Red Oak Circle. Jones was taken into custody without incident. The search warrant affidavit lists two offenses that are currently under investigation. The first is the Online Solicitation of a Minor for which Jones has been arrested. The second offense is Sexual Assault of a Child. This offense is being investigated based upon Jones explicit and apparent first-hand description of a child sexual assault during his conversation with the undercover HSI Agent. Based on the specific description of the sexual assault, the Abilene Police Department is concerned about the potential victim or victims who may have sexually assaulted by Jones. Numerous items of electronic evidence were seized during the execution of the search warrant. Those items will be processed in the coming days. If anyone has information regarding Floyd Anthony Jones, please contact the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331. Citizens may also utilize Crimestoppers at 676-TIPS (8477). Respectfully, Sgt. Lynn Beard

Press Release Regarding Case at Johnston Elementary ABILENE, TX On 11/2/17, the principal at Johnston Elementary contacted an APD School Resource Officer regarding an injury to a child allegation that occurred on campus the previous day. The child’s parent reported the incident to AISD who in turn contacted APD. As required by state law, APD notified CPS and began a joint investigation. This investigation involved personnel from the Abilene Police Department, Child Protective Services, AISD, and a consultation with the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation has revealed the following: Initial allegation: During recess on 11/1/17, a kindergarten teacher was lining her class up to re-enter the school building. One child was facing the wrong direction in line. The teacher approached the child, told her to face forward, placed her hand on the child’s shoulder, and then turned the child around. It is alleged the incident left a slight red mark on the child’s shoulder. The investigation: Based on an interview with the child, the reporting parent, Johnston Elementary Staff, and photographs of the child, it is clear no criminal offense took place. Teachers are afforded the authority under Texas Law to maintain order in the school environment. Additionally, surveillance video from the playground showed no physical contact between the teacher and student. If the incident took place as alleged and in an area of the playground not covered by video, the nature of the allegation and the results of the investigation would remain the same. The child was not injured as defined by Texas Law, and the teacher had the right to make the child face forward in order to maintain discipline and good order. Texas Penal Code Chapter 9, section 62 details the authority granted educators to maintain discipline in the school environment. The use of force, but not deadly force, against a person is justified: (1) if the actor is entrusted with the care, supervision, or administration of the person for a special purpose; and (2) when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is necessary to further the special purpose or to maintain discipline in a group." The facts revealed during this investigation were submitted to the Taylor County District Attorney for review. Both the Abilene Police Department and Taylor County District Attorney’s Office are in concurrence. The involved teacher has been cleared of any criminal wrong doing in this case. She acted within the authority granted to educators by law. Respectfully, Lynn Beard Administrative Sergeant Abilene Police Department

This morning, there have been at least nine accidents on the Winters Freeway between South 1st and North 10th. Avoid the area and find an alternate route. Patrol and traffic working to clear the area. Sgt. Beard

Ongoing Drug Investigation ABILENE, TX – On October 18, 2017, the School Resource Officer at Madison Middle School received unrelated reports of staff members and students abusing drugs or possibly selling them. The SRO contacted Abilene’s Narcotics Division and requested investigative follow up. The following day Agents interviewed several staff members and some juvenile students. Two teachers who were in a relationship admitted to the use of illicit drugs the week prior. They implicated a teacher’s aide relating to prescription drugs. A search revealed no contraband on their person or vehicles, so they were all released to the care of AISD for personnel considerations. Unrelated to these allegations, two students were reportedly selling prescription pills that were provided by a cafeteria staff worker. Agents were able to find some evidence to support these allegations, but no arrests have been made yet. The cafeteria worker was also referred to AISD for personnel considerations. Because the students are juveniles, no information can be released on the status of their investigations. This is an ongoing investigation. No other information will be released absent any arrests. Respectfully, Rick Tomlin Public Information Coordinator

The Abilene State Supported Living Center Cemetery was damaged this weekend along with dozens of headstones being run over by a vehicle. It occurred sometime over the weekend of October 20-22. The driver of a vehicle went through the fence, over several headstones and exited the cemetery by plowing through trees and a barbed wire fence. The cemetery is located on Industrial Blvd. just northeast of Loop 322 and north of Cisco College. If you have any information, you may contact the Abilene Crime Stoppers, (325) 676-8477 (TIPS). You will remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

Come out to Safety City this Saturday, 4-6 p.m. for our Halloween Party. Admission is free, and kids are encouraged to wear their costumes. If your business would like to come hand out candy, call 676-6096 to reserve your spot.

Belated Wanted Wednesday. Earn either $250 or $500 if you have info. on any of these suspects. Call Abilene Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous and be eligible for reward, (325) 676-8477

Our partners at Atmos donated a couple of Toughbooks which will be used by our officers to input case data. Thank you to them for helping your Abilene Police Department. Pictured are, Atmos representatives with Chief Standridge, Chief Wrenn and Information Tech. Jon Prestridge.

Surveillance video from home camera caught these two in early morning hours of Oct. 13, possibly attemtping to break into vehicle or home. Video is from home in southwest Abilene. There were several reported Burglary of Motor Vehicles on this night, possibly done by these suspects. If you recognize, contact Abilene Crime Stoppers(325) 676-8477 (TIPS). You will remain anonymous. Help us get them off your street.

Aggravated Robbery Investigation Nets Six Arrests ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police Fraud, Special Operations, Street Crimes, SWAT and Criminal Investigation Detectives arrested four male and two female suspects on various charges stemming from an investigation of an Aggravated Robbery which occurred on October 4th in south Abilene. Several men reported they were robbed at gunpoint by unknown males at a south Abilene business. Jamar Sims (12/22/’90), Michael Darius Payne (5/24’86), Douglas Sims (8/22/’72), Chazsman Small (1/28/’82), Shyla McKelvie (6/13/’92) and Megan Stewart (3/13/’95), were all taken into custody in an early morning bust operation. Police from various divisions executed four separate search warrants simultaneously at four different locations in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 18 in the Alameda addition of south Abilene. Police seized numerous firearms along with several pieces of evidence. Investigation continues with more arrests and charges are expected.

Candace had the bike she rode to work every day, stolen. Thanks to Connecting Caring Communities and KTXS, the Abilene Police Department was able to donate a bike to help her get back on the road. Chief Standridge and CCC Executive Director, Tony Cagle, present the bike to Candace at the LEC Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATE: Jean Ndatabaye was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after police received a call from a business on the 800 block of Judge Ely regarding an aggressive panhandler. Ndatabaye was contacted and brought to the LEC for questioning. He was charged with Aggressive Panhandling for today's incident. He also had an outstanding warrant for Class A Assault stemming from yesterday's incident where he followed a female into an elevator and aggressively interacted with her. His bond is set at $5,000. APD Warns Citizens of Aggressive Panhandler ABILENE, TX – Recently, several citizens in the downtown area have reportedly been approached by a male subject described as a Black male, thin build and possibly homeless. This male is very aggressive towards the people he approaches, mainly women who are often by themselves, asking for money or food. This suspect approached at least two females on October 16th in downtown Abilene at different times and aggressively asked for money and food before trapping one female in an elevator. She feared for her well-being and the suspect eventually left the building once a male citizen came near. This suspect in these incidents was identified as Jean Ndatabaye. He has a history with APD and has been cited and arrested for Aggressive Panhandling and Soliciting in the Rodway, among other offenses over the past few months. He is possibly targeting the downtown and the Judge Ely areas. Citizens should be aware. Ndatabaye faces Aggressive Panhandling charge and possibly a Class A Misdemeanor Assault charge for the latest incident. If approached by Ndatabaye, or other aggressive panhandlers, citizens should first try to avoid any contact. If walking to and from your place of employment, try and find someone to walk with. Call 9-1-1 if approached by an aggressive panhandler and you are in fear for your safety. The City’s Solicitation Ordinance under article IV addresses Aggressive Panhandling and the consequences. A person charged with Aggressive Panhandling faces a fine of up to $500 dollars and a charge of Class C Misdemeanor. Respectfully, Rick Tomlin Public Information Coordinator

Second Person Arrested in Heroin Overdose Investigation ABILENE, TX – On Monday, October 16, 2017, Agents from the Abilene Police Department’s Special Operation Division arrested John Anthony Carrion (DOB 03/18/’89). During the investigation of the recent overdoses, information was developed that Mr. Carrion was involved in trafficking heroin. He was contacted on a traffic stop in the 800 block of South Willis. A search warrant was then executed on his residence in the 1300 block of Jeanette St. Carrion was arrested and transported to the Taylor County Jail. The investigation into these overdoses is still ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming. John Anthony Carrion, DOB 03/18/’89 • 3F Tampering with Evidence • SJF Possession of a Controlled Substance to wit: Heroin • Driving while License Invalid

North Abilene Shooting ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police arrested 17 year old Shawnocey Droemer for a robbery which occurred in the alley in the 1400 block of Kirkwood St. Police were called out at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017, to the alley of 1400 Kirkwood for a report of an injured subject. Police arrived to find a 15 year old male suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest and emergency medical technicians working on him. Officers secured the scene and began an investigation. In the subsequent investigation a suspect was identified. A short while later, Droemer was arrested. The investigation revealed that an altercation arose in the alley where the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the juvenile in the chest and fled the scene with money and the victim’s cell phone. The juvenile was transported to Hendrick Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim is expected to survive. Shawnocey Droemer was arrested and taken to the Taylor County Jail. He is charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Robbery. The investigation continues.

Overnight Shooting at North Abilene Hotel ABILENE, TX – On October 14th at 12:31 am, the Abilene Police Department received a 911 call reporting shots fired at the Civic Plaza Hotel located at 505 Pine St. At the time of the shots being fired, an APD patrol officer was in the 600 block of Pine St, heard the shots fired, and responded immediately. Multiple other patrol officers also responded to the scene. Based on preliminary information, it appears an altercation erupted after an attempted theft of money which occurred during a party being held at the Hotel. During the altercation, and while outside in the parking areas, at least three males pulled handguns and began randomly firing their weapons at those fleeing the scene. At least one person was struck by the gunfire along with three vehicles. As officers were searching the hotel exterior for suspects and any injured persons, a person with a gunshot wound to the lower leg arrived at Hendrick Medical Center. This person arrived at the hospital some five minutes after the initial call. The victim stated he was shot while running away at the Civic Plaza Hotel, but refused to cooperate with investigating officers. He further declined to file charges in this case. In the immediate aftermath, responding patrol officers observed a maroon Chevrolet Impala fleeing the scene and driving the wrong way on a one way street. A traffic stop was initiated and two people were detained. Those people were identified by witnesses as two of the three suspects in this case. They are identified as: Jaucorian Davis, a black male, age 18, of Mississippi (pictured white shirt) David Jordan, a black male, age 21, also from Mississippi (previous arrests for Robbery in MS) (pictured red shirt) Both Davis and Jordan have been charged with third degree felony deadly conduct, and their bonds have been set at $75,000 each. Both suspects reported local addresses but show Mississippi addresses on their identification. A .380 caliber handgun was recovered in the Chevrolet Impala as were .380 caliber shell casings at the scene. It was determined by responding officers that the .380 recovered in the Impala was reported stolen in a car burglary on October 3rd at a south side residence. There were two other calibers of spent casings recovered at the scene, indicating a total of three different weapons were used. APD has obtained a copy of a video taken by a passing motorists and will be using that video to assist in further investigations. The third suspect, as seen in the video firing a weapon, fled the scene and has not been positively identified. As detectives conduct a follow up investigation into this incident, any applicable further charges will be filed as appropriate. Respectfully, Sgt. Lynn Beard Administration

Suspected Drug Dealer Possibly Connected to Overdose Deaths Arrested ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Special Operations Division with the assistance of Street Crimes, executed a search warrant on October 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at a home located in the 7900 block of Bonnie Circle in south Abilene. Agents arrested 36 year old Michael Thompson for Possession of Heroin. On Friday, October 6, 2017, APD distributed critical information to the public on the deaths of three individuals who possibly passed away from drug overdoses, and a fourth victim who was hospitalized. An investigation led police to identify a possibly suspect related to the investigation. A search warrant for Thompson’s home was executed late Wednesday which led to his arrest. Thompson was eventually taken into custody and is currently at the Taylor County Jail. He is charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Heroin with a bond of $150,000. No other arrests have been made but the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be forthcoming.

Little Layla S. underwent open heart surgery days after arriving into this world. The Abilene Police Department is showing support and asking anyone who wants to help, to come out to the Pasta With a Purpose next Saturday. Plus you get to have fun and eat good food. Info. on the flier.

Advisory: A major cleanup effort is underway as an early morning train derailment has closed thru traffic @ T&P Ln. @ Railroad crossing. Crossover closed for up to 2 days. Avoid area. No injuries reported.

CRITICAL AND TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION On October 6th, 2017 between the hours of 1:45am and 12:41 pm, there have been three death investigations, likely related to drug overdoses, in Abilene. A fourth person survived thanks to quick medical attention and admitted to using heroin prior to the medical distress. All three deceased persons were located at different locations and at different times. The three deceased victims were: #1: 56 year old white female #2: 22 year old male #3: 52 year old white male (boyfriend of #1) The fourth victim, a 34 year old white female, survived the incident and is being treated at a local hospital. Names of the deceased may be released at a later time. These cases are all under investigation. There is no readily apparent cause of death, which typically indicates some type of overdose in the absence of any other medical condition. While that is an assumption at this point, we believe it is of vital importance to this community to communicate this information immediately. Two of the victims were in a dating relationship and there is no other known connection between the victims at this time. The timeframe of the narcotics purchases and the location of the purchases are being investigated, however we will not be able to answer further questions at this time. If you have purchased any illicit narcotics in Abilene, please do not consume it. Your life could be at immediate risk. If anyone has information related to these incidents, please contact the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331 or Crime Stoppers at 325-676-TIPS. Respectfully, Sgt. Lynn Beard Abilene Police Department

Suspect Arrested for Explosive Device Found In Motel Room ABILENE, TX – On October 4, 2017, the Abilene Police Department Street Crimes Unit with the assistance of Patrol and Bomb Squad, arrested Keilyn Batts (28). An investigation revealed he was the suspect sought in an incident involving an improvised explosive device (IED) found in a vacant north Abilene motel room in December of 2016. A motel employee noticed the device and contacted the Abilene Police Department. Bomb technicians took control of the device without incident. A lengthy investigation revealed Batts as the suspect. A warrant was issued for his arrest and on October 4, he was taken into custody. He is currently being held at the Taylor County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He is charged with 3rd Degree Felony Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.