Texarkana Texas Police Department

Texarkana Texas Police Department We are a police agency recognized by the Texas Police Chief's Association for Best Practices, serving our citizens with HONESTY, EQUALITY and RESPECT.

Emergency - call 911 General Questions call 903-798-3116 Kevin Schutte -- Chief of Police Chief's Message: Thank you for your interest in the Texarkana Texas Police Department and the services we provide. I invite you to browse this website to acquaint yourself with our organization and our commitment to the community. We are proud to serve you and appreciate your trust and support in our efforts to keep Texarkana safe. The opportunity to serve the Texarkana community for more than three decades has allowed me to witness the incredible growth and development throughout our city. The community has transformed into a regional hub that offers quality economic, entertainment, health care, and educational opportunities to both those that live here and those who visit. As the Police Chief, providing services to our community that reduce both crime and the fear of crime is my main priority. We work to provide service in a manner that is fair, courteous, responsive, efficient, and effective. We are also committed to maintaining awareness of our community’s needs and concerns as we work to keep all neighborhoods safe. We enjoy strong support from our community, city management, and elected officials. It is through this support and public trust that we are able to work to help maintain a high quality of life for our city. We realize that every interaction is an opportunity to build trust, maintain transparency, and ensure success in our efforts to better serve our community. I invite you to become a partner in these efforts by being a caring and considerate neighbor, staying informed, and being observant. It is my honor to serve you as your Chief of Police. Our organization is made up of highly skilled caring professionals who take great pride in serving our richly diverse community. I am proud of the men and women of the Texarkana Texas Police Department and feel fortunate to serve alongside them. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at (903) 798-3116.

Operating as usual

This week is Red Ribbon Week, and we were excited to take our message about impaired driving to the Maud High School and...
10/31/2020

This week is Red Ribbon Week, and we were excited to take our message about impaired driving to the Maud High School and Middle School campus today.

Students were given the chance to drive the pedal cars while wearing special goggles that simulate intoxication. The experience was quite eye opening for many of them.

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Feeling a little artistic, so how about a quick Halloween safety poem?For all you witches, warlocks, and muggles...As yo...
10/29/2020

Feeling a little artistic, so how about a quick Halloween safety poem?

For all you witches, warlocks, and muggles...
As you go about your daily struggles...
No matter how you get around town...
Always remember to put your phone down.

For if you give your phone even a passing glance...
You're taking a really big chance.
Because it's really hard to be taken seriously...
If you can't miss a big ol' tree.

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UPDATE:  10/29/20 at 9:15a - The guy has been identified after the switchboard almost immediately lit up after we posted...
10/29/2020

UPDATE: 10/29/20 at 9:15a - The guy has been identified after the switchboard almost immediately lit up after we posted this yesterday. Still working to figure out who the woman is...

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Anybody recognize either of these two people? We're trying to identify them. While the cases are not related, the suspects seem to have something in common - They apparently weren't listening when their mama told them not to take things that don't belong to them. The guy took some money from a bag left at the register at a convenience store, and the woman loaded up her purse with stuff at another store.

If you know who they are, please give us a call at 903-798-3116 and we'll be able to take it from there.

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OK....  What do you think?  Ain't this just the cutest little boy?  This is Fischer, and he decided he wanted to be a Te...
10/29/2020

OK.... What do you think? Ain't this just the cutest little boy?

This is Fischer, and he decided he wanted to be a Texarkana Texas police officer for Halloween.

He looks pretty squared away to us. In fact, Chief Schutte was so impressed with him that he was ready to hire in on the spot and put him to work this Friday because we are a little shorthanded that night. However, his mom pointed out that he had a baseball tournament this weekend so he would have to serve and protect another day. Guess we'll have to give him a few more years.

Fischer is seven years old and attends Atlanta Primary School. According to his mom, he loves baseball and working around the house.

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A huge shout out goes to Pleasant Grove High School’s Chick-fil-A Leader Academy!  They dropped by today with baskets lo...
10/27/2020

A huge shout out goes to Pleasant Grove High School’s Chick-fil-A Leader Academy! They dropped by today with baskets loaded down with all kinds of snacks for our officers.

We are very blessed to live and work in a community where the people here continually show that they care. Thank you from the bottom of our heart. 💙

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Alana Coleman, 38, was arrested late last week by U.S. Marshals in Mexico for Capital Murder.  She was wanted for the 20...
10/27/2020

Alana Coleman, 38, was arrested late last week by U.S. Marshals in Mexico for Capital Murder. She was wanted for the 2012 murder of Donald Ray Morris in Texarkana. Following her arrest, Coleman was transported to Texarkana and booked into the Bi-State Jail overnight.

Coleman is suspected of murdering Morris at the Redwood Apartments in the 3400 W. 7th Street on August 12, 2012. Morris was found deceased inside his apartment by the manager. He has been stabbed multiple times. Detective Billy Giddens developed information that identified Coleman as a suspect early in the case. Evidence collected at the scene and the investigation provided confirmation of her involvement and resulted in a warrant for Capital Murder being issued in early 2013.

Following the murder, Coleman immediately fled the Texarkana area and we knew she crossed the United States/Mexico border in Laredo a few days later.

Detective Cody Harris, who took over the investigation following Detective Giddens’ retirement several years ago, recently received credible information regarding Coleman’s location in Mexico. He forwarded the information to the U.S. Marshals Service, who notified him late last week that they had located and arrested her.

In addition to the Capital Murder charge, Coleman also had warrants for Probation Violation/Possession of Controlled Substance and Failure to Appear for a misdemeanor theft charge. Her bond was set at $1 million this morning.

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Are you looking for a safe alternative to letting your kids go door-to-door on Saturday?  If so, we have just the soluti...
10/26/2020

Are you looking for a safe alternative to letting your kids go door-to-door on Saturday? If so, we have just the solution that you're looking for. 👍

We are again partnering with the Parks Department for Trunk or Treat in Spring Lake Park on Halloween afternoon. After the incredible response that we had last year, we knew that we had to figure out a way to do it for the kids again - and still be safe for everyone.

The solution that we came up with? A drive thru event. All traffic will enter the park from Mall Drive, drive around the block where the decorated vehicles will be park to collect your treats, and then exit back out that same way to Mall Drive.

To be sure that we can all social distance as we should be doing, we ask that everyone stay in your car as you go through the event. We will deliver the treats to you at your vehicle as you stop at each location. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate anyone who simply walks up.

Would your club, church, or business like to be a part of this with us too? We currently have 22 groups signed up but have plenty of room for more. Contact the Parks Department at 903-798-3978 or send us a message here for more information if you're interested. :)

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It’s time again for Felony Friday, and we got a double feature for you this week.  We’re looking for 25-year-old Shamarc...
10/23/2020

It’s time again for Felony Friday, and we got a double feature for you this week. We’re looking for 25-year-old Shamarcus King and 19-year-old Javeon Harris. Both are wanted for Criminal Mischief over $30,000.

These two guys are suspected in being a part of botched plan to steal an ATM from the TexAR Federal Credit Union early in the morning on September 30th. For all their effort, they pretty much sucked as thieves because they didn’t get away with a single penny. However, they did manage to completely destroy the ATM in the process. They knew that they had to get in and get out in just a couple of minutes, but things weren’t working quite like they planned. When they realized that their get rich quick scheme was falling apart faster than a granola bar, they decided that they better get out of there before the cops showed up - but they’d already waited too late. Officer Daniel Linn got there just as they trying to leave, and he pursued them. After going just a few blocks with Linn right behind them, the driver suddenly stopped just long enough for King and Harris to jump out of the car and run away, but then he was quickly off to the races again. The driver was arrested after he eventually pulled over about a mile down the road. We searched the neighborhood that night but never found the guys who bailed out of the car.

They probably thought that they’d gotten away with it but didn’t count on Detective D.E. Evans being assigned the case. He has been working hard on it since that morning and wasn’t about to give up. This week, he got the break in the case he was looking for and now had the evidence to show that King and Harris were the other men involved and got felony warrants for both of them. Because they weren’t able to actually steal anything that night, he could only charge them with the damage to the ATM. However, because of the high dollar amount of that, it still wound up being a felony.

If you know where we can find them, please call us at #texarkanapolice
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We are very proud to announce that Detective Tabitha Smith has been named the 2020 Officer of the Year.  She is currentl...
10/22/2020

We are very proud to announce that Detective Tabitha Smith has been named the 2020 Officer of the Year.

She is currently assigned to the Investigative Services section and primarily handles sexual assault cases. Her passion for providing justice for these victims is evident to everyone with whom she has contact. She is known as an advocate for those victims who may feel that they don’t have a voice in the criminal justice system.

Earlier this year, she became aware of allegations of molestation and sexual assaults of children involving a local church pastor over the course of twenty years. With only scant information initially, she began the arduous task of trying to identify victims. Over the next several weeks, she compiled a case that ultimately resulted in him being arrested. There were multiple victims, now adults, who had their lives all but ruined by the continuous sexual abuse and victim shaming involved in these cases. The outcome of the jury trial, a direct result of her hard work and dedication to justice, resulted in one of the most severe jury punishment verdicts ever handed down in Bowie County. Convicted of sixteen sexual assault charges involving children in July, he was sentenced to five life sentences plus 220 years.

Of Tabitha’s work on this case, First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said, “I have rarely worked with anyone who is more competent or hard working at their job. She is just a wonderful person who is smart, witty, and universally adored. She has repeatedly proven herself to be a champion for victims and a warrior for justice.”

Chief Schutte echoed much of the same praise for her. He said that “Tabitha is one of the most hard working and dedicated employees of the Texarkana Texas Police Department who is known for her compassion for the victims and their families. She is guided by two principles in her daily work: To find the truth and ensure that the victim’s voice is heard through her investigation. I’m very proud to get to work with her.”

Detective Smith has worked for the Texarkana Texas Police Department for almost fourteen years. During that time, she has worked as a patrol officer, member of the Special Investigation Unit, juvenile detective, and now as a detective assigned to handle crimes against persons. She has twice been awarded the Certificate of Merit, recognized as Officer of the Quarter earlier this year, and has received numerous letters of commendation. She is pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Tabitha is married to Sgt. Kristopher Smith and they have four beautiful children together.

Please join us in congratulating her on this well deserved recognition.

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We arrested Kevontruis Cato and Detrayveon Richardson on Tuesday for Theft and Evading Arrest after a foot chase near Ce...
10/22/2020

We arrested Kevontruis Cato and Detrayveon Richardson on Tuesday for Theft and Evading Arrest after a foot chase near Central Mall.

Officer Quentin Miller was sitting in the Convention Center parking lot eating his lunch when a guy pulled up and told him that two men had stolen a bunch of stuff from JCPenney and were being chased by store employees. Officer Miller found two men who matched the description that he’d been given as they walked down Kennedy Lane carrying three big bags. When the two saw him, they both immediately took off running. They ran through Cowhorn Creek and into the nearby Creekside South Apartments. Officer Miller followed a trail of water on the ground to Richardson, who was found hiding in the laundry room there. His clothes were soaking wet from his trip through the creek. He was arrested.

Officer Colton Johnson then saw the second guy running through the back yards along Nichols Drive. He couldn’t get to him but radioed to the other officers in the area. Moments later, Officer Brent Lawing saw Cato about a block away on Kennedy Lane. He apparently had run out of gas at that point, so he just sat down on the curb and gave up when he saw Lawing walking toward him.

Richardson and Cato were identified by JCPenney employees as the pair that they’d seen cramming clothes into bags inside the store before running out without paying for anything. They were transported to the Bi-State Jail and charged with Theft and Evading Arrest. Bond was set at $6,000 for both men for those two charges, but Richardson had a probation warrant too. His bond includes another $631 for that charge. Cato bonded out on Wednesday, but Richardson is still in jail as of this morning.
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Several of you guys have been asking for an update on Mr. Ferguson, the TISD crossing guard who was hit by a car in fron...
10/22/2020

Several of you guys have been asking for an update on Mr. Ferguson, the TISD crossing guard who was hit by a car in front of Texas High last month. We are very happy to be able to share this good news with you.

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UPDATE ON RON FERGUSON, TISD CROSSING GUARD...Received this wonderful picture today from Ron's wife, Bonnie. He was able to walk about 25 feet using his walker. Ron is improving a little bit everyday but still has a long road ahead of him. They send their appreciation to everyone who has kept him and his family in their prayers. Please continue to do so as Ron makes strides in his progress daily. Thank you.

We've had a few burglaries of cars parked at Spring Lake Park and Bringle Park over the last couple of days.  Most of th...
10/21/2020

We've had a few burglaries of cars parked at Spring Lake Park and Bringle Park over the last couple of days.

Most of the time, car burglars won't break out a window because they're afraid that someone might hear it and call us. It calls too much attention to them. They'll try to door handle and usually just move on if it's locked. However, they may decide that it's worth the risk if they look and can clearly see a purse, wallet, or cell phone just laying there in the seat or on the console.

Don't make it easy for criminals. Remember to lock your car doors, take your keys, and hide any valuables.

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UPDATE: 10/22/20 at 8:30a - Ruiz was arrested by Border Patrol officers in Brownsville as he attempted to cross into Mex...
10/20/2020

UPDATE: 10/22/20 at 8:30a - Ruiz was arrested by Border Patrol officers in Brownsville as he attempted to cross into Mexico. Detective Tabitha Smith had alerted them earlier in the week that she thought that he might try that so they were basically waiting on him to show up. He's being held in the Cameron County Jail and will be transported back to Texarkana in the very near future.

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We are looking for Porfirio Ruiz, Jr. Can you help us find him? He has a felony warrant for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child.

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Officer Aaron Jones visited with the TEACH Home School Coop students this morning. Looks like they all had a great time,...
10/16/2020

Officer Aaron Jones visited with the TEACH Home School Coop students this morning. Looks like they all had a great time, and everyone earned their Junior Police Officer badge. 👍🏼

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Sorry, guys.  I’ve been really slammed this week and have a full day of stuff going on again today, so I’ve not had a ch...
10/16/2020

Sorry, guys. I’ve been really slammed this week and have a full day of stuff going on again today, so I’ve not had a chance to get very creative with today’s Felony Friday post. That said, I’m going to have to just do the bare basics this week. I’m going to fall back on the six basic questions that we all learned in school about what’s important to include when you write a paper. Hopefully, it’ll do the trick this time. 🤷‍♂️

Who? Sarah Dodge

What? Felony warrant for Unauthorized Use of Vehicle

When? The car was stolen from the Lowe’s parking lot on August 14.

Where? It was recovered a few days later by a Bowie County deputy. It was learned that Sarah had called someone to come pick it up with their trailer after it broke down on her on Highway 59.

How? We’re still working on this one…

Why? That's always a good question. We plan on asking Dodge when we find her.

If you know where Sarah Dodge is now, please give us a call at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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We're hoping that you guys can help us out on a road rage incident that happened last Friday afternoon.A family was pass...
10/15/2020

We're hoping that you guys can help us out on a road rage incident that happened last Friday afternoon.

A family was passing through Texarkana on Interstate 30 headed to their vacation... They were just driving down the road and minding their own business when the men in this grey Dodge Charger pulled up beside their truck and pulled out pistols for some reason. We don't know if the men were mad about something or what, but the driver suddenly stuck his arm out his window and fired several rounds into the air. Then the front seat passenger leaned out his window and actually shot the victims' truck itself as they passed them. Pretty scary, but miraculously, no one was hit. We later found at least five bullet holes along the driver's side of the truck.

The victim followed the Charger as it took the Richmond Road exit and drove through a parking lot there before getting back on the Interstate. It was last seen turning onto Garland Street on the Arkansas side. They were trying to get the license number on the car but were never able to. However, they did manage to get close enough to see that it was a temporary buyer's tag. They said that there were three (or maybe four) people inside the car but weren't able to get much of a description of them, However, the two in the front seat that actually fired the shots were black males.

Not a lot to go on here, unless someone happens to recognize the car. If you know whose it is or know something about what happened, please give us a call at 903-798-3116.

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Chief Schutte had a great time when he visited the Sunrise Rotary Club this morning.  Afterwards, President Landon Forbe...
10/14/2020

Chief Schutte had a great time when he visited the Sunrise Rotary Club this morning. Afterwards, President Landon Forbes, on behalf of the club, presented him with a donation for our annual Shop with a Cop and Firefighter event. Thank you!! 🙂

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