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Welcome to the Amarillo Police Department

The City of Amarillo is proud of its professional and progressive Police Department. The Professional Standards Office of the department insures the department and employees comply with internationally developed standards.  Amarillo consistently has one of the lowest crime rates of comparably sized cities in the state and nation, which serves as a proven record of its fine police force.

The Amarillo Police Department is active in several national crime prevention and police assistance programs - Crime Stoppers, Neighborhood Watch, and other local, regional and statewide programs. As evidence of the community support and the Amarillo Police Department's commitment to such programs, the Amarillo Police Department has received first place awards for public service announcements at the Texas Crime Stoppers Convention competition and the Crime Stoppers International competition.

The Amarillo Police Department includes all functions typical of police services including the use of specialty units and programs. The Police Department continues to be an effective and visible asset in protecting and serving the citizens of Amarillo.

PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUESTS

The Amarillo Police Department has a designated recipient for Open Records requests. You may submit your request in writing to: Amarillo Police Department, Attn: Open Records, 200 SE 3rd St, Amarillo, Texas, 79101, by fax to (806) 378-9371, by e-mail to [email protected], or in person. A link is provided in the drop-down menu titled “Police Department Menu” that will direct you to more information about Open Records requests. A request sent to any e-mail address or fax number other than those listed above does not trigger the requirements of the Public Information Act.

 

March 27, 2013 Armed Robbery, Toot ‘N’ Totum, 3101 Plains Blvd.

On 3-27-13, at 6:36 PM, officers were dispatched to the Toot ‘n Totum Store at 3101 Plains Blvd. on a robbery.  The clerk reported that she was completing a transaction for a customer at the register when the suspect entered.  The man was a white male in his mid-20s to early 30s, about 5 ft. 9 inches tall, with a slim build.  His head was shaved or bald, and he was wearing a reddish-orange shirt, khaki shorts, and had a camouflage bandana over his face.  He was carrying a handgun in his hand when he entered the store.   The man approached the register and demanded money.  The store employee handed him money from the register.  The man then walked out of the store.  Witnesses told officers that they saw the suspect get into a white or light gray 1990s model Chevrolet or GMC pickup that was parked on the lot.  The suspect then drove south on Virginia Street.  No one has been arrested and there were no injuries in this robbery.

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March 24, 2013 Armed Robbery 501 B N Hughes, Game Room (an 8-liner gaming type establishment).

On Sunday March 24th at approximately 10:15pm, officers were dispatched to the Game Room (an 8-liner gaming type establishment) at 501-B N. Hughes on an armed robbery. Upon arrival officers spoke with two employees who stated that around 10:15pm someone had buzzed the doorbell to the Game Room. The door is kept locked and when the employees looked out they saw a B/M they thought they recognized as a former patron, so they opened the door and let him in. As they opened the door three male subjects entered the business and immediately demanded money and told all the occupants to get on the floor. At least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun of some type. There were two other customers in the business at the time of the robbery. After everyone was on the floor, one of the employees was moved into a back room where she was forced to open money drawer. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and left in an unknown direction. The description of the first male subject is a B/M 19-20, 5’5, 130-140 pounds, with longer “fuzzy” hair wearing a gray sweater and blue jeans. A second suspect is described as B/M in his 20’s, 5”9 tall and slender build wearing a black & white striped long-sleeved shirt, black pants and wearing a black ski mask. There is no description of the third suspect at this time. If you have any information on the identity of the subjects responsible for this robbery contact the Amarillo Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 374.4400. You can also submit a tip on line at amapolice.org.

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March 21, 2013 Motor Cycle vs. Motor Vehicle crash in the 2900 block of I-27 in the northbound lanes.

On March 21, 2013 at approximately 2:13 pm Officers were sent on a major crash in the 2900 block of I-27 in the northbound lanes.  Upon their arrival they discovered a 2005 Suzuki 1200 Bandit motorcycle driven by Daniel L Baus, WM, 33 of St Charles, IL had lost control of his bike.  His bike struck a 1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer driven by Jose L Cortes-Martinez, WM, 33 of Amarillo.  Cortes-Martinez and other traffic had stopped in the roadway due to a collision approximately one block north.  It appears that Baus didn’t see the traffic congestion in front of him.  He lost control of the Suzuki as he was braking.  He was thrown from the bike and received life threatening injuries.  I-27 was down to one lane for northbound traffic for about 2 hours.  Baus was transported to a local area hospital.  The incident is being investigated by the Traffic Investigations Squad of the Amarillo Police Dept.

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March 19, 2013, Drive by shooting, 100 block S Jackson.

On March 19th, just after 7pm, officers who were in the downtown area heard what sounded like gun shots. Officers proceeded to the area of SW 2nd and Jackson where they believed the shots may have come from. While in the area officers were flagged down by witnesses who stated that the occupants of a small silver or gray car had just shot at a house. The officers then located the homeowner who resides in the 100 block of S Jackson and observed 6 bullet holes in the side of the house. The homeowner and her 2 children ages 12 and 5 were in the house at the time when the mother heard shots being fired. The homeowner did not see the suspects outside the house, but from what other neighbors reported, the small silver or grey car was the one who had shot at the house. As officers were gathering information a broadcast was put out over the radio of the possible suspect vehicle. A few minutes later an officer stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle at SW 3rd and McMasters. Continued…

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Update Aggravated Assault/ Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

***UPDATE 3-11-13***Today, the 47th District Attorney’s Office accepted charges of felon in possession of a firearm under cause 66774-Z and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon under cause 66773-Z.  At the time of this release, Brandon Stallings remains in the Potter County Detention Center charged with these felonies and a parole revocation warrant.    

***UPDATE 3-6-2013***The victim in this incident is Vionna Taiann Taupule HF 28 of Amarillo.  Since the last release, her condition has improved and her injuries are not life threatening.  This case is still under investigation and no formal charges have been filed.  Continued…

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March 18, 2013, Motorcycle fatality 5300 block Fulton.

On March 18, 2013 at approximately 2:48 am Officers were dispatched to Evelyn and Fulton on a Motorcycle hitting a tree.  Upon their arrival they discovered a 2001 Yamaha R6 motorcycle driven by Justin Thomas Warder, WM, 21 had left the roadway in the 5300 block of Fulton.  Thomas was eastbound on Fulton, struck a curb, came off the bike and struck a tree.  The motorcycle continued traveling east and struck a house on Evelyn St.  Warder was transported to a local area hospital where he later died of his injuries.  Justice of the Peace Horn has ordered a toxicology screen.  Speed and alcohol were factors in this collision.  The incident is being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Dept.

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March 18, 2013, Motorcycle vs. Motor Vehicle collision at the intersection of E 3rd and S Arthur.

On March 18, 2013 at approximately 2:05 am Officers were dispatched to a Motorcycle vs. Motor Vehicle collision at the intersection of E 3rd and S Arthur.  Upon their arrival they discovered a 1999 Chevy Silverado driven by Bobby Neil Fish, WM, 60 had been turning from northbound Arthur to westbound on E 3rd.  A 2011 Honda motorcycle was eastbound on E 3rd at a very high rate of speed driven by James Gordon Smith Jr., WM, 40.  The motorcycle struck the back of the Chevy.  Smith was taken to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries. Fish was uninjured in the crash.  Speed was a factor in this crash.  Smith was wearing a helmet.  The collision is being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Dept.

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March 15, 2013, Fatal Motorcycle crash, 58th and South Osage Street.

On March 15, 2013 at approximately 18:36, officers were sent to 58th and South Osage Street on a motorcycle versus a fence post. They located a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle wrecked in the open field to the east of Osage Street. The driver of the motorcycle was later identified as Merle Ryan Kayser, age 52.  According to a witness, the motorcycle was south bound on Osage Street and veered off towards the east then crossed northbound lanes of traffic.  The motorcycle struck the curb vaulting the motorcycle into a fence post on the east side of the street. Mr. Kayser died at the scene of the crash. He was wearing a helmet. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and still under investigation by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Dept.

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On March 14, 2013, personal robbery 1801 S. Grand.

On 3-14-13, at 5:29 AM, officers were sent to 1801 S. Grand on a reported personal robbery on the parking lot of the Toot ‘n Totum store.  The victim, a WM residing in Amarillo, reported that he was on the parking lot when he was robbed and his vehicle taken.  He was putting air in the tire of his white 2009 Chevrolet pickup when a man approached him and asked to borrow a cigarette lighter.  When the suspect handed the victim the lighter back, he told the victim to give him the keys to his car and his wallet.  The victim was surprised and not certain that he understood, and asked the man what he said.  The suspect produced a handgun and repeated his demand.  The victim told the man that his wallet was in the truck, and then ran to the store to report the robbery.  The suspect left, driving eastbound on the access road of IH40 in the stolen pickup.   The suspect was a Hispanic male about 5 ft. 9 inches tall, weighing around 140 pounds.  He had a shaved head, and was wearing a white shirt and khaki pants.  He had tattoos on both arms.   The suspect description appears to be the same as that of a man involved in the robbery of the Toot ‘n Totum store about 20 minutes before this incident.  At the time of this release, officers are still looking for the 2009 pickup with Texas tags.  The victim was not injured and there have been no arrests.  If you have any information on this or the earlier robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

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March 14, 2013 Robbery, Toot’n’Totum 2300 Dumas Drive.

***UPDATE 3-14-13***APD Robbery Squad investigators have released security camera photos of the suspect in this case.  He appears to be small and slender, possibly in his teens or 20’s.  He is carrying the cloth or object in his left hand when he enters the store.   He is holding his arm across his ribcage as if he is injured, and there appears to be a fresh cut or similar injury on the right side of his head.  What appears to be blood is visible on the side of his face.  Tattoos on both arms are visible in these photographs of him entering the store. 

On 3-14-2013, at 5:10 AM, officers were sent to the Toot ‘n Totum Store at 2300 Dumas Drive on a robbery.  Employees reported that a man walked into the store and approached the counter.  He had one hand covered with some type of cloth or bag as though he was concealing a weapon.  He approached the counter and told the employees that he wanted the money.  He took the money from the register and left the store.  He was last seen walking north from the store.  The suspect was a Hispanic male.  He had a shaved head, and was wearing a white shirt.  He had tattoos on both arms.   No vehicle was seen, and there were no injuries or arrests.   

If you know this suspect’s identity, call the Amarillo Police Dept. or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.  Callers remain anonymous and can earn a cash reward of up to $1000.  Additional photos are posted at www.amapolice.org.  A video may be available on that web site later today.

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