Current Crimes and Notices

November 26, 2013

SCAM ALERT

With the upcoming holidays, the Lawton Police Department would like to make sure everyone is aware of potential telephonic scams that may occur and also a couple that have recently been reported to the department.

The first scam is on where the person calling is claiming to be with the “Warrant Services Association.” The caller advises that you are wanted by authorities for writing a bad check to a cash advance store. They also claim to be a division of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). When asked for proof, the caller will send a document through email that “Warrant Services Association” with the seal of the State Department. They will request a sum of money, usually around $1,500.00 to be sent to them by a specified time. This scam appears to originate in the United States by the phone numbers called from.

The second scam seems to originate from out of the Country, Chile in particular. The caller states that they are your relative and they give a relatives name. The caller further states that the caller went on a quick trip to Chile and while there got into some trouble and need money to get out of jail and back home, somewhere around $1,500.00 to $1,700.00. The caller then states that his/her attorney will call you back in a few minutes after hanging up. A few minutes later another caller will call and say that they are your relative’s attorney and tell you where to send the money.

Remember, these are just a couple of the telephonic scams that are going around right now. If you ever receive a phone call stating you are wanted or a relative is in need somewhere, contact your local police department or do research on your own. Most Agencies do not call over the telephone and advise you that you owe money for fines; this process goes through the court system. Do not voluntarily send money to someone unless you know for sure where it is going.

July 25, 2013

HOMICIDE

The Lawton Police Department is reporting Lawton’s 12th homicide for 2013. Last night, July 24th, dispatch received a call approximately 11:34 PM. The caller stated that Ms. Traci Young had been shot at her residence in the 1100 block of NW Andrews.

Upon Officers arrival they found Ms. Young lying in the hallway with 2 gunshot wounds to the chest area. Life savings measures were attempted by officers until EMS arrived. EMS transported Ms. Young to Comanche County Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office was contacted and they responded to the hospital. After initial examination, Ms. Young was transported to Oklahoma City for autopsy. Items of evidence were collected at the hospital and will be submitted for examination.

Officers also made contact with an ex-husband, Bryan Pierce, at the residence that gave a brief statement as to what happened and that he was the one that called dispatch. After initial investigation at the residence and the initial examination by the Medical Examiners Office, the ex-husband was placed under arrest and transported to Lawton City Jail and booked on the complaint of Murder. Mr. Pierce and Ms. Young had been divorced since May 2013.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into this homicide. There is still evidence to be processed at the residence that we have obtained a Search Warrant for and there is evidence that has needs to be processed and analyzed that has already been discovered. We are also interviewing individuals concerning the incident. Charges will be presented to the Comanche County District Attorney in the next few days.

If you have any information please contact the Detectives Division at 580-581-3240 or Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636.

July 10, 2013

HOMICIDE

Shortly before 10:30 PM Tuesday night, July 9th, Lawton Emergency Communication received a phone call advising of a male that had been shot. The caller stated that the male was at the Summit Village Apartments, 610 SW 52nd Street. The caller also stated that the victim was loaded the victim into a car and driven off. Contact was made with both hospitals and it was found that a 17 year old shooting victim had just arrived at Southwestern Medical Center.

Officers responded to the hospital to check on the status of the victim and also the apartments to determine if a crime scene existed. There was blood found in the parking lot of the apartments so that area was sealed for processing. While at the hospital it was found that the victim had suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was stabilized and transported to Comanche County Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Emergency surgery was attempted at CCMH however the victim was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:30 AM. The victim will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office.

This case is in the initial stages of investigation with interviews still being conducted. This will be Lawton’s 11th homicide of 2013.

If you have any information please contact the Detectives Division at 580-581-3240 or Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636.

UPDATE: 18 year old John Paul Santana has been arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Felony Murder for the shooting death of Deshawn Givens. There were also 4 juveniles involved in the incident that have been arrested as Material Witnesses. Although these are the charges filed so far, there could possibly be amendments to the charges in the future.

July 5, 2013

SHOOTING

Officers of the Lawton Police Department were dispatched to the Sanders Heights Apartments at 1506 SW Wisconsin shortly after midnight this morning on reports of a shooting victim. Upon arrival officers found the victim at his apartment suffering from a single gunshot wound to his abdomen area. The victim was conscious and alert and was able to talk with officers. EMS arrived on the scene and treated the victim until he was transported to the hospital.

The victim, a 28 year of age male, has been admitted to a medical facility for treatment of his wound.

A possible suspect was identified but no arrests have been made on the case. The investigation continues and a case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office once completed.

July 5, 2013

ASSAULT WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON

Officers of the Lawton Police Department were dispatched to the 6900 block of SW Lee Blvd at approximately 1:10 AM this morning on a stabbing victim. Officers arrived and found 2 victims, a 22 year old male, and a 21 year old female, both suffering from stab wounds. They were both able to talk and explain what had transpired. Once EMS arrived, both were treated at the scene and then transported to a medical facility.

A suspect was identified and he, along with other witnesses was questioned as to what happened. According to statements, a group of individuals were coming back from a 4th of July celebration outside of Lawton when an argument ensued and the driver of the vehicle pulled over to the side of the road and the passengers exited the vehicle. A physical confrontation started between the male victim and the suspect which eventually led to both victims being stabbed.

After talking with the victims and witnesses concerning the incident, a suspect, 20 years of age, was placed under arrest and booked into Lawton City Jail for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The investigation continues and a case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office either today or next week. As of now, there have been no charges filed with the District Attorney concerning this case.

May 13, 2013

HOMICIDE

At approximately 9:16 PM on May 13th, 2013, Officers of the Lawton Police Department were dispatched to 1303 NW Taylor on a shooting. Upon arrival Officers were directed to a male lying in the front yard at 1304 NW Taylor. At that time Officers noticed that the victim had been shot. Ambulance and Fire personnel arrived on the scene and they began life savings measures. The victim was transported to Comanche County Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The suspects were described as two Hispanic Males driving a brown in color Jeep Cherokee with damage on the driver’s side of the vehicle. This damage occurred as the suspects drove off from the scene their vehicle struck another vehicle. According to witnesses, the suspect that actually did the shooting was in the yard at 1302 NW Taylor when he shot.

The victim is a White Male, DOB: 2-1-78, 35 years of age (Name is pending notification of next of kin)

This will be Lawton’s 8th Homicide for 2013.

April 25, 2013

HOMICIDE

A few minutes before 6:00 PM this evening, Officers of the Lawton Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at the Tanglewood Apartments, 2310 NW Terrace Hills Blvd. Upon arrival Officers were directed to an apartment where they found a male victim lying in the floor. The victim had been shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Medical Examiner’s Office was called and after they arrived on the scene and conducted their preliminary observations, the victim was then transported to Oklahoma City.

This will be Lawton's 7th homicide of 2013.

April 23, 2013

HOMICIDE

Last night, April 22, 2013 at approximately 6:23 PM, Officers of the Lawton Police Department responded to an Apartment Complex in the 1800 block of NW 82nd Street on a shots fired call. Upon arrival officers found a 17 year old male shooting victim in the parking lot. Emergency personnel rendered aid at the scene and then he was transported to Comanche County Memorial Hospital. After attempts to render aid at the hospital, the victim was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

According to witnesses, two black males were seen running south from the scene. They are described as follows:

Suspect 1: Dark skin black male wearing a white hat, white shirt and white pants.
Suspect 2: Light skin black male wearing a brown or tan hoodie, approximately 6 foot tall with a skinny build.

This will be Lawton’s 6th homicide of 2013.

If anyone has any information concerning this homicide, please contact Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636 or the Lawton Police Department at 580-581-3240.

UPDATE: 19 years of age Kenshari Graham and Devin Fulner have been arrested for the murder of Alec McGlory. Both indivuduals were charged with 2nd degree Murder and they are both in custody at this time.

March 26, 2013

HOMICIDE

This morning at approximately 1:00 AM, officers were called to the 1700 block of SW Douglass on a female lying in the raodway. Upon arrival officers found the female lying on the ground deceased. Investigators were called to the scene and the body of the victim was transported to Oklahoma City for examination by the Medical Examiner's office.

As of this time, we are not releaseing the identity of the victim.

If you have any information concerning this homicide, please call the Lawton Police Department at 580-581-3240 or Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636.

March 24, 2013

HOMICIDE

On March 24th, 2013, Officers were called to 1005 SW 7th on a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found Gino Scott and Robert Menard both suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to the hospital where Mr. Scott succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Menard did recover from his. After talking to witnesses and collecting evidence, Mr. Menard was placed under arrest for the murder of Mr. Scott and charges were filed.

March 10, 2013

HOMICIDE

Yesterday, March 9th, the Lawton Police Department saw its second homicide of 2013. at approximately 6:25 PM, the police department received a call of numerous gun shots heard and also of a male lying on the porch of a house in the 2300 block of SW Evans. Upon arrival, officers found Lavonte Jackson on the porch with a gunshot wound. Mr. Jackson was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Suspects are described as 3 black males, one wearing a green shirt and the other two wearing red tops. The suspects left the scene northbound in a black, or dark colored, SUV with a white female driving.

If you have any information concerning this homicide, please call the Lawton Police Department at 580-581-3240 or Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636.

February 27, 2013

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING -- PRESS RELEASE

Today, at approximately 10:38 AM, Dispatch received a call in reference to a check suspicious in the 1600 block of NW 27th Street. The caller stated that two Black Males were observed going towards the back of the house after one of them knocked on the front door. The males ran south on 27th street when a neighbor pulled into their garage.

An Officer made contact with the suspects at 27th & NW Atlanta. One of the suspects began shooting and the Officer returned fire. During the exchange of gun fire, a second Officer arrived and also fired shots through the windshield of his car. Both the first Officer and the first suspect were shot and injured. Both were transported to Comanche County Memorial Hospital for treatment. At this time, both are still in the hospital receiving treatment.

The second suspect fled the scene. The second suspect was described as a black male wearing a black hoodie.

Pursuant to policy, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and requested to perform the investigation since Lawton Officers were involved in the shooting. OSBI did respond and they took over the investigation.

Officer 1: Eric Weatherly, 12 ½ year Veteran of LPD
Officer 2: Craig Lyman, 10 ½ year Veteran of LPD

Any further information concerning the investigation will go through the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, Lawton office.

February 1, 2013

MULTI-AGENCY INVESTIGATION SHUTS DOWN METHAMPHETAMINE PIPELINE IN LAWTON

A multi-agency investigation has shut down a significant methamphetamine pipeline in Lawton, Oklahoma. At 6:00 this morning, agents and officers from dozens of departments executed 4 Search Warrants and 18 Arrest Warrants for defendants accused of distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Lawton. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) Spokesman Mark Woodward says the multi-agency investigation began more than a year ago.

“Around October of 2011, several agencies worked together to investigate a large meth distribution network in Lawton. This group of defendants would import alarming quantities of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ICE’ into the Lawton area to supply local street dealers and meth addicts.” ---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

The investigation involved OBN, the Lawton Police Department, the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Task Forces for districts’ 5, 3 and 6. OBN Director Darrell Weaver says he is very pleased that law enforcement in a joint effort has dismantled a major source of methamphetamine in the Lawton and Comanche County area.

“This group is a band of hometown terrorist who are violent and want to gain wealth by peddling their drugs and destroying our communities. This group was a major supplier of crystal meth and distributed approximately 4 pounds per month in southwest Oklahoma. I applaud local law enforcement and the cooperative effort on this long and extensive investigation. This is a blow to the bad guys and a victory for the good citizens of our state.” ---Darrell Weaver, OBN Director

All of the defendants arrested today were transported to the Comanche County Jail. They face a variety of charges, including Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (methamphetamine).

January 10, 2013
The Lawton Polie Department is investigating the first Homicide of 2013. On Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, officers were called to 2602 NW 19th Street on a deceased female, identified as Sarah McCoy, 35 years of age. Upon arrival officers made contact with family members who stated that after not being able to contact the victim so they came over the residence to check on her. Family members stated that they could not make contact with her and due to being suspicious, contacted police. Upon checking the residence, Mrs. McCoy was found deceased from an apparent gun shot. The last known contact with Mrs. McCoy was approximately 8:45 AM until she was found at approximately 5:45 PM.

Mrs. McCoy also had a 1999 Maroon Buick LeSaber, Oklahoma tag number 371EJI at her residence that is currently missing.

If you have any information concerning Mrs. McCoy and her activities on January 9th or if you see her vehicle, please contact the Lawton Police Department at 580-581-3240 or call Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636.

December 17, 2012
In the past 30 days The Lawton Police department has responded to 5 Fatality accidents, 51 accidents with injuries. The Police Department Traffic unit is working in different areas throughout town to enforce and educate drivers on the dangers and make them aware of this problem. During this holiday season please be cautious and aware of your driving, don’t text or use electronic devices while operating your vehicle. Be aware of vehicles and pedestrians around you and be a cautious and safe driver. The traffic officers will be enforcing all traffic ordinances with maximum effort on cache road, Gore Blvd and Lee Blvd throughout the holidays.

November 21, 2012
Robert Gillan was at work driving his Taxi Cab when he picked up a fare in the 6700 block of Maple. He drove them to the 6900 block of SW 70th Street. As he was attempting to retrieve change for the fare, one of the suspects shot Mr. Gillan in the back of the neck. Luckily the bullet passed through his neck with no major injuries. The suspects left running away on foot.

UPDATE: 18 year old David Stamper was arrested for Shooting With Intent to Kill and Robbery on December 5th, 2012. A second juvenille suspect was also arrested and charged.

October 27, 2012
Saturday night Officers were called to the Sanders Heights Apartments, Apt E, on a female laying on the floor. Arriving Officers found Ms. Tanya Zachary had been shot and was deceased. Ms. Zachary had been babysitting for the apaartment leasee and there was a small child in the apartment.

If you have any information concerning this crime, or any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636 or the Lawton Police Department Detective Division at 580-581-3240.

UPDATE: 21 year old Stephone CArter was arrested for the Murder and Attempted Robbery of Tanya Zachary. A second suspect, Immanuel Ward was also arrested for the Attempted Robbery. Both suspects are currently being held in jail.

October 20, 2012
Saturday morning at about 1:15 AM, Officers responded to a call in the 6700 block of Cache Road. Upon arrival Officers found Mr. Quante Yarbrough injured from a gunshot wound. Mr. Yarbrough was taken by emergency crews to Southwestern Medical Center where he died from his injury. This case is being investigated as a homicide.

Also during this time frame, there was a second victim that was found to have been stabbed while inside the Beijing Bar-b-que.

If you have any information concerning this crime, or any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636 or the Lawton Police Department Detective Division at 580-581-3240.

October 19, 2012
Friday afternoon Officers responded to 2804 SW J Avenue, Lot 90, a a female that was found deceased in her trailer approximately 2:30 PM. The victim, Sheri Olson, was found by a friend coming over for a visit. The Oklahoma Medical Examiners officer found that Ms. Olson had been shot and ruled her death a homicide. If you have any information concerning this crime, or any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 580-355-4636 or the Lawton Police Department Detective Division at 580-581-3240.