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.

You've probably already heard about this week's Felony Friday guy several times over the last few days.  We have made th...
07/05/2019

You've probably already heard about this week's Felony Friday guy several times over the last few days.

We have made three arrests from last Saturday's shooting at Sunset Apartments but are still looking for Isaac Taylor. The victim was shot multiple times inside an apartment when he went there to visit Taylor and his friends. We have an Aggravated Robbery warrant for Taylor from that incident.

This picture was posted on social media a few days ago so we know he is still around Texarkana. If you know where he is, please give us a call at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

We arrested three juveniles early this morning after they crashed their stolen car at an apartment complex in the 5200 b...
07/05/2019

We arrested three juveniles early this morning after they crashed their stolen car at an apartment complex in the 5200 block of Summerhill Road. The three boys, ages 15 and 16, had escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Mansfield, Arkansas, and their vehicle had been reported stolen in Sebastian County, Arkansas.

At about 2:15 this morning, officers were walking through the apartment complex when they observed a 2016 Toyota Corolla driving slowing through the parking lot with the headlights off. As the vehicle pulled into a parking space, they tried to quickly back up and leave when they saw the officer. In the process, they hit the unoccupied truck next to them and got stuck. After several attempts to free the Toyota from the truck by going back and forth, they were successful and fled from the officers in the vehicle. They obviously were not familiar with the complex as they wound up jumping a nearby curb and crashing into a creek bed. The driver then jump out of the car and ran off, but we caught him after a lengthy foot chase. The other two boys remained in the vehicle and were taken into custody without incident.

All three were transported to the juvenile detention center and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The driver was also charged with Evading Arrest.

Looks like their luck ran out when they got to Texas. 😆

We hope everyone is enjoying their July 4th holiday. Just a quick reminder that fireworks are illegal inside the city li...
07/04/2019

We hope everyone is enjoying their July 4th holiday. Just a quick reminder that fireworks are illegal inside the city limits. If you want to shoot them off, please go out a little ways in the country to do them.

Our administrative offices will be closed today for the Independence Day holiday.  We will be back in the office at 7:00...
07/04/2019

Our administrative offices will be closed today for the Independence Day holiday. We will be back in the office at 7:00 on Friday morning. Hope you have a fun and safe holiday.

Happy Birthday, America!!!

More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year!  They are scared of fireworks' loud noises and will somet...
07/03/2019

More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year! They are scared of fireworks' loud noises and will sometimes run off trying to get away from them.

To help keep your pet safe this weekend, let them stay indoors during fireworks. If it is possible to dampen the noise outside by keeping windows closed and some ambient noise (such as a radio or television) going, that would probably help a lot. You will want to want to be sure that their ID tags are up to date and securely attached to their collar. It's also a good idea to take a current photo of them, just in case.

Don't ruin your holiday weekend by having to spend it looking for your pet.

UPDATE 7/3/19 at 4:15p:  They have been identified in record time. Thanks for everyone's help. *************************...
07/03/2019

UPDATE 7/3/19 at 4:15p: They have been identified in record time. Thanks for everyone's help.

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Yesterday afternoon, four women ran out on a $174 bill for manicures at a spa on W. 7th Street. They left in a "badly beat up" maroon Chevrolet Malibu. The business' video surveillance system managed to get these pretty good pictures of two of them.

If you know who they are and notice that they now have some really nice looking fingernails, please give us a call at 903-798-3116.

We've made another arrest related the shooting that happened at Sunset Apartments.  Detectives arrested Mariah Cherry, 2...
07/03/2019

We've made another arrest related the shooting that happened at Sunset Apartments. Detectives arrested Mariah Cherry, 20, Farmington, Missouri, for Aggravated Robbery on Monday afternoon at the conclusion of an interview at the police department. Cherry, who is alleged to have driven the other suspects from the crime scene after the shooting, is currently being held in the Bi-State Jail with a bond of $100,000.

We are still looking for Isaac Taylor, 19, for his role in this crime. He has a felony warrant for Aggravated Robbery too.

We were dispatched to a shooting call at the apartment complex on Saturday afternoon and found the 24 year old victim laying on the floor inside one of the apartments. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. Initially transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center by LifeNet EMS, he was later transferred to a Little Rock hospital for treatment of this injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

Officers previously arrested Randall Green Jr., 18, and Donald Mitchell III, 19, for Aggravated Robbery. Both are still being held in the Bi-State Jail, where their bond is also set at $100,000 each.

If you know where we can find Taylor, please call us at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

We are still investigating Saturday’s shooting at the Sunset Apartments, located in the 1600 block of Allen Lane.  Randa...
07/01/2019

We are still investigating Saturday’s shooting at the Sunset Apartments, located in the 1600 block of Allen Lane. Randall Green Jr., 18, and Donald Mitchell III, 19, have been charged with Aggravated Robbery in connection this shooting. We are still searching for a third suspect, Isaac Taylor, 19.

While the details leading up to the shooting remain unclear at this point, detectives have been able to determine that the victim went to the apartment to meet with someone. Once there, an altercation ensued that resulted in him being shot multiple times. Witnesses described three men fleeing the apartment immediately after the shooting. Detectives arrested Green after he later returned to the scene, and Mitchell surrendered to police on Sunday at the Bi-State Criminal Justice Center.

The victim was initially transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center by LifeNet EMS and later transferred to a Little Rock hospital for treatment of this injuries.

Green and Mitchell are both being held in the Bi-State Jail, where their bond has been set at $100,000 each. A warrant for Aggravated Robbery has also been issued for Taylor.

If you know where we can find Taylor, please call us at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

UPDATE 7/1/19 at 8:20p: As a result a tip we received, officers located and arrested French at a residence on Kilgore St...
07/01/2019

UPDATE 7/1/19 at 8:20p: As a result a tip we received, officers located and arrested French at a residence on Kilgore Street without incident a few minutes ago. He is now being held in the Bi-State Jail.

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We are investigating a robbery that occurred in the 600 block of Champion Place late Saturday. Warrants for Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Kidnapping have been issued for Xavier French, 18, of Texarkana, Texas.

Officers responded to the report of a robbery there about 11:30 on Saturday night and met with the victim, who told us that she was coming home from work with her two year old son. As she tried to unlock her apartment door, a man suddenly approached her from behind and hit her several times on her head with a pistol, causing her to fall to the ground. After demanding entry into her apartment and her money, the man held a gun her son’s head and said that he would kill him if she did not immediately do what he said. Once they got inside the apartment, the victim was forced to give the man an undisclosed amount of money and her cell phone. He then released the child and fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim told officers that she knew the suspect and identified him as French.

The victim was transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

If you have any information about this crime or French’s whereabouts, please call us at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

We are just gonna put this out there....  If you ever get a phone call, text, email, note in class, or smoke signals tal...
06/28/2019

We are just gonna put this out there.... If you ever get a phone call, text, email, note in class, or smoke signals talking about money from someone that you don't know, it probably a SCAM. Yes, they are more than likely trying to steal from you. Just ignore it and keep going - with your money still in your pocket.

Who's ready for this week's Felony Friday?  This time, we are looking for Jessica Weber, who has a warrant for Possessio...
06/28/2019

Who's ready for this week's Felony Friday?

This time, we are looking for Jessica Weber, who has a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Last Friday night, Officer Jonathan Price and Zak Gilley pulled up behind a car that was stopped at a stop sign off of New Boston Road. No problem so far. However, it just kept sitting there... and sitting there... and sitting there some more. Even after they briefly hit the horn and siren, it still continued to just sit there. OK. Something is wrong here. The officers walked up to the car door and found Weber slumped over in the driver's seat. The passenger told them that she had just smoked some K2 at a house a few minutes before and then suddenly passed when they got to the stop sign. They called an ambulance for Weber, who wound up being taken to the hospital because of concerns about possible side effects of the drugs she had taken. Inside the car, the officers found several Clonazepam pills and some K2. Because of her medical condition that night, Weber was not arrested then. However, the officers submitted a probable cause affidavit to a judge a couple days later, who issued an arrest warrant for her.

If you know where we can find Weber, please give us a call at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

Spencer Price (shown) and Marc Sillivan, our crime scene technicians, were invited to visit the Texarkana College CSI Ki...
06/27/2019

Spencer Price (shown) and Marc Sillivan, our crime scene technicians, were invited to visit the Texarkana College CSI Kids Summer Camp program on Wednesday afternoon. They had a great time explaining and showing the things that they do that help detectives solve crimes every day.

Some of you may have seen or heard about a recent article in US Today that says that Texarkana is the most dangerous cit...
06/26/2019
Texarkana Gazette

Some of you may have seen or heard about a recent article in US Today that says that Texarkana is the most dangerous city in Texas. While we certainly have our fair share of crime that happens here, we simply don't buy into this rather dubious distinction. We believe that Texarkana is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.

Take a look at Karl Richter's news article about it here and tell us what you think.

The numbers behind a recent article naming Texarkana the most dangerous city in Texas are accurate, but a closer look reveals that the city's citizens "are really very safe," according to Police Chief Kevin Schutte.

Long gone are the days of an officer actually writing someone a ticket.  For the last several years, we've used electron...
06/25/2019

Long gone are the days of an officer actually writing someone a ticket. For the last several years, we've used electronic ticket writers that will scan the information on your drivers license and then upload the ticket information directly to the court clerk's office. Another thing that it does is allow us to take a quick picture of the person when we write the ticket - which we do on every one that we issue.

Several people have asked why would we need a picture? Well, it's simply a way for us to be able to identify the person later if it becomes necessary. This is probably shocking to some of you, but some people lie to us. WHAAATTTT?!?!? Yep. It's actually fairly common that someone will give the officer the name of a relative or friend when they get stopped. That friend or relative usually has no idea that someone else used their identity until they get a letter from the court telling them that they now have a warrant for their arrest, but now they've got a huge mess on their hands.

Unless they want to just pay for someone else's ticket (I sure wouldn't), they are gonna have to come to court to try to convince the judge that it wasn't really them who got the ticket. In the past, the judge would have to rely on the officer's memory. Obviously, the chances are pretty slim that they will actually remember a particular person from a traffic stop eight months before. However, the picture that we take now allows the judge to see for herself if it is the same person or not. If it is not them, they can immediately be exonerated.

And now you know. That's why we took your picture. 😉

Here's some good information to have from TAPD if you're planning on going to Sparks in the Park this weekend at the Fou...
06/25/2019
Texarkana Arkansas Police Department

Here's some good information to have from TAPD if you're planning on going to Sparks in the Park this weekend at the Four States Fairgrounds.

Saturday, June 29th, is the annual “Sparks in the Park” event which will be held at the Four States Fairgrounds. Over 30,000 people are expected to attend the event. Due to the new roadway configuration around the Four States Fairgrounds, The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department would like to inform all patrons of the upcoming traffic plans in order to make everyone’s experience as pleasant as possible. All drivers and patrons are reminded that Police Officers will be working traffic on city streets and highways so please be attentive to their instructions for their safety and yours. Speed limits on Four States Parkway have been reduced. No firearms will be permitted on the premises.

Vehicles may ENTER the Fairgrounds parking area the following ways:
1. From the north: Four States Parkway and on E 50th St.
2. From the south: Arkansas Blvd to Frontage Road /Parkway Dr. north, then onto E 50th Street.
3. All vehicles dropping off passengers or otherwise leaving will be directed onto Clay Pit Rd and ultimately exit from E 46th St. onto Four States Parkway, south or directly across the parkway.

The Four States Fair will provide personnel to direct vehicles on where to park once they have entered the parking areas around the fairgrounds.

Additionally, it is recommended for all patrons to arrive as early as possible to ensure that you will arrive in time to see the display. Traffic exiting from I30 will be given priority to avoid traffic congestion on the interstate. Again, all drivers need to be attentive to officers working on the roadway directing traffic and expect delays due to excessive amounts of vehicle traffic after 8:30pm. All traffic laws and parking will be strictly enforced. No one will be allowed to illegally park vehicles on city streets and roadways. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Any Vehicle parked improperly inside the park area may be blocked in by other vehicles and will not be able to exit until the end of the event. TAPD encourages everyone NOT to park in the park area and to use the designated parking areas only.

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department wants to wish everyone a safe holiday weekend and to assure them that we will be doing our best to ensure the safety of all

Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.

Contact Information
Sergeant Kristi Bennett
Public Information Officer
903-798-3187 (office) 903-824-4199 (cell)
903-798-3023 (fax)
[email protected]

We arrested Jeremy Griffin on Saturday night after an elderly lady found him hiding beside the bed inside her bedroom.Of...
06/24/2019

We arrested Jeremy Griffin on Saturday night after an elderly lady found him hiding beside the bed inside her bedroom.

Officers Ben Thomes and Daniel Linn were dispatched to the house in the 400 block of W. 29th and told that the lady had heard strange noises coming from her bedroom and was now holding a man she found there at gunpoint. By the time that they got there, Griffin had managed to run out of the house and into the back yard. However, he was taken into custody after one of the officers deployed his JPX pepper gun as Griffin was trying to get over the eight foot privacy fence that went around the yard as he tried to get away from them.

Turns out that the residents knew Griffin and had let him live there some time back to get his life back on track - that is until he started having issues with drugs again. They kicked him out then and he has apparently tried several times to get into the house since then.

The really scary part was that we found one of the victims' kitchen knives under the bed where he was hiding. We don't know what his intentions were for having the knife, but know that he certainly did not belong in the house for any reason.

Griffin was charged with Burglary of a Habitation and Evading Arrest. He also had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous misdemeanor charge. He is currently being held in the Bi-State Jail, where a judge set his total bond at $21,500 this morning.

Summer is officially here and it's starting off with a bang.  The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory fo...
06/21/2019

Summer is officially here and it's starting off with a bang.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for much of the area until 7:00 tonight. Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-90's this afternoon - with a heat index of 105-110 degrees. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity creates a situation where heat illnesses are possible.

If you don't have work outside this afternoon, it's best to delay any strenuous activities until later this evening. Of course, not all of us have a choice, so be sure to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning, and wear light weight and loose fitting clothes. Also check up on relatives and neighbors - especially the elderly ones - to be sure that they are OK.

Today is National Selfie Day.  Wanna show us yours?  😂
06/21/2019

Today is National Selfie Day. Wanna show us yours? 😂

Barry Dewayne Junior is our Felony Friday person for this week.  He has a warrant for Failure to Comply with Sex Offende...
06/21/2019

Barry Dewayne Junior is our Felony Friday person for this week. He has a warrant for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements.

He pleaded guilty to Sexual Assault back in 1993 and received an eight year prison sentence. As a condition of his release a few years later, he was required to register as a sex offender and check in with us once a year on his birthday. He is supposed to immediately let us know if his address changes any time during the year. However, we have discovered that he no longer lives where he last told us, and we've not heard a word from him since December.

If you know where we can find him, please call us at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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100 N Stateline Box 16
Texarkana, TX
75501

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