Duncanville Police Arrest Capital Murder Suspects

Duncanville Police Arrest Capital Murder Suspects

Duncanville, TX — December 2, 2019

The Duncanville Police Department has arrested two individuals, and another is in Dallas County Jail, regarding the October 2019 murder of Duncanville resident Aaija Smoker.

On November 25, 2019 Duncanville Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cornelius Lydell Broadway, 17, of DeSoto, TX in a Capital Murder offense resulting in the death of Aaija Smoker in early October 2019.  At the time the Capital Murder warrant was obtained, Broadway was being held in the Dallas County Jail on other charges.  He remains in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office custody with the additional charge of Capital Murder and a bond set at $500,000 for the murder of Smoker.

On November 27, 2019, Duncanville detectives arrested Jeromey Lemar Young Jr., 17, of Dallas who was also charged with Capital Murder with a bond set at $500,000. Young was booked into the Duncanville City Jail and then transferred to Dallas County Jail. On November 30, 2019 Duncanville detectives arrested a juvenile female of Dallas on Capital Murder charges, and she was transported to Dallas County Juvenile Detection Center. 

Detectives are attempting to locate an additional juvenile suspect, and an at-large warrant for Capital Murder has been obtained for the juvenile suspect.

Personnel of the Duncanville Police Department have worked diligently on this case alongside law enforcement agencies throughout North Texas, as well as the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, to bring accountability and justice for the victim and her survivors. 

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information pertaining to this case are asked to call Duncanville Police Detective Bert Pudgurney at 972-780-4911.

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Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety

The holiday season is a busy time of year with the hustle and bustle of work and shopping, family coming to visit or going out of town to visit friends and family.

Unfortunately, there are criminals who use the holidays to target victims who may be distracted by the busy season. The holidays present special challenges to safety and security. Be aware of the dangers and takes steps to keep your holidays happy.

Home Safety:

Don’t let the rush and excitement of the holiday season make you careless in protecting your home from potential criminals.

The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Be sure someone is home if you have packages delivered to your home.  Don’t leave them sitting on your front porch, since criminals sometimes follow delivery trucks and steal packages after they are delivered.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Be sure to do a property inventory and record serial numbers.  On new gifts, be sure to keep receipts and any documentation that has model and serial numbers before they are wrapped.
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base, so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree, ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

Personal Safety:

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measurers can help keep your holiday season joyous.

The following tips from the Duncanville Department Crime Prevention Division can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Fanny sacks work great to keep your identification and money in while shopping.
  • Always carry your Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

Extra Precaution Needed:

Driving on shopping trips during the holidays requires some extra safety precautions. Avoid driving alone or at night.

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
  • Do not leave your purse or valuables sitting in the passenger seat of your car while pumping gas.
  • Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.

This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.

Beware of Strangers:

Criminals take advantage of the holiday season to prey on those who are unsuspecting and generous. Be careful when someone you do not know comes to your door during the holiday season. Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.

  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
  • Ask for their identification and find out how the donated funds will be used.

If you are not satisfied, do not donate.

  • Donate to a recognized charitable organization.

Also be sure to keep you pets safe and watch what you feed them.

If you need more information contact Officer Doug Sisk with the Duncanville Police Department, Crime Prevention / Community Relations Division.  (972) 780 – 5027 or dsisk@duncanvillepd.com  

Duncanville Police Santa Cop Progam

Thank you to Diamond Wished for your donations to start off our 2019 Santa Cop Toy Drive Program.  The Santa Cop program is funded entirely by local donations and the Duncanville Police Association and Duncanville Police Employees and families.  It is organized by the Duncanville Police Association, and supported by members of the Duncanville Police Department, their families, Ebby Halliday, Realtors’ Southwest Dallas/Ellis Counties office, Duncanville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Diamond Wishes, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, Champion Cove, Inwood Bank, Assured Self Storage, Champions Cove, Inwood Bank, Duncanville Senior Citizens Center, and community volunteers.

New unwrapped toys or cash donations can be dropped off at:

Duncanville Police Department 203 E. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, Texas 75116

Duncanville Police Department’s National Night Out

The Duncanville Police Department will be hosting its city wide National Night Out (NNO) Event on October 1, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.   The National Night Out Event will be held at the Duncanville Recreation Center 201 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville.  

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

In addition to increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention programs, NNO also strengthens neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime!

For more information contact Officer Doug Sisk, Duncanville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Officer at dsisk@duncanvillepd.com or (972) 780 – 5027.

Driver Indicted in Connection with Duncanville Fatality Accident

The Duncanville Police Department responded to a major accident call on January 26, 2019 at approximately 8:37 pm.  Officers arrived and observed a large debris field from the damaged vehicles.  The investigation revealed the driver of a 2014 Dodge Avenger 4 door vehicle was traveling west bound on W. Danieldale Road, turning south bound on Green Tree Lane.  The driver of a 2018 Chevy Camaro 2 door was traveling east bound on W. Danieldale Road when it struck the Dodge Avenger.  The driver of the Dodge Avenger was transported to Parkland Hospital by a Care Flight Medical helicopter. The two occupants of the Camaro were transported to Methodist Central Hospital by Duncanville Medical Intensive Care Unit.

Officers were notified that the driver of the Dodge Avenger, Tiffany Hamlet, 43 years of age, was pronounced deceased after arriving at the hospital. Accident Investigator Ben Luna determined the Camaro traveling east on W. Danieldale Road was traveling 107 miles per hour just prior to impact.  Investigator Luna’s investigation led him to refer a manslaughter case to a Dallas County Grand Jury.

Subsequently, an indictment was returned against driver Alejandro Hernandez, H/M 21 years of age, for the offense of Manslaughter.  On March 27, 2019, Hernandez turned himself into the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and was booked in to the Dallas County Jail on a charge of Manslaughter, a 2nd Degree Felony.  His bond was set at $ 10,000.00 upon arraignment.

The incident from which this indictment and arrest stem is truly tragic; one life was lost, and another will have been severely altered due to a bad decision by an individual to operate a motor vehicle at more than two and half times the posted speed limit on a city thoroughfare.

The Duncanville Police Department reminds every driver to operate their vehicles with the utmost caution and to obey all traffic laws.

 

 

10th Annual Duncanville Fire Truck Pull – May 18, 2019

 

10th Annual Fire Truck Pull Benefiting Special Olympics Texas 

Sat, May 18 Support Special Olympics Texas Programs by sponsoring, putting together a team or donating to the May 18 Duncanville Fire Truck Pull. Teams consist of 12 people and cost is $300 per team, which includes a coupon for food and an opportunity to win. There are medals for First – Third Place for each category (First Responder Team, Civilian Team, and Youth Team and there are trophies for First Place. If registered before April 23, each team member is guaranteed a 2019 Fire Truck Pull t-shirt. Registration starts 9 am Opening Ceremonies start at 10 am First Pull about 10:15 am
For more information, contact Doug Sisk at 972-780-5027 or dsisk@duncanvillepd.com

 

Introduction of the Duncanville SWAT Team (032819)

Introduction of the Duncanville SWAT Team

The Duncanville Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team began in 1987 with a group of eight officers who, with the blessing of Police Chief Mike Courville, began SWAT training exercises.  At that time, the city did not have a SWAT budget for equipment, so the officers took it upon themselves to purchase necessary items for their safety and to negotiate critical incidents. Overtime the SWAT team honed their skills, and in December of 1993 the Duncanville SWAT team was recognized by U.S. Senator Phil Graham for their diligent work on the war on drugs.

There are incidents where specialized tactics are necessary to minimize casualties. The goal of the SWAT team is to respond quickly to dangerous situations and bring them to a swift and hopefully nonviolent conclusion. The Duncanville Police SWAT team works to professionally resolve life threatening critical incidents, while striving to minimize any negative impact on Duncanville’s residents and visitors.  In addition, SWAT is to provide tactical, administrative, and training support to all members of the Department. The intent of the SWAT team is to deliver a rapid, deliberate response to critical incidents, including: Hostage Situations, Barricade Situations, Sniper Situations, High-Risk Apprehensions, High-Risk Warrant Service, Dignitary Protection, and any assignments approved by the Assistant Chief of Police that are of a high-risk level.

Today, the Duncanville SWAT team is comprised of fourteen members consisting of a team commander, primary team leader, assistant team leader, medics, snipers, and entry operators.  These highly trained officers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to being a member on the SWAT team, the officer also works their regular assignment whether it is patrol or Criminal Investigative Division (CID).  The officer must be in excellent physical condition and pass the SWAT physical assessment test annually to maintain membership on the team.  The officer must also demonstrate a high proficiency with departmental issued firearms and must pass the bi-annual SWAT firearms qualification.

When a vacancy occurs on the SWAT team, applicants may submit a letter of interest to the team commander.  The applicant must have at least 12 months police experience either with Duncanville Police or other commensurate police experience. The applicant must pass the SWAT firearms qualification and the SWAT physical assessment test.  If the officer passes both then he or she must appear in an open forum with the team for his or her interview.  The officer will answer questions regarding their police experience, performance evaluations, sick leave record, disciplinary record, goals and objectives, and special skills.  If the officer passes all phases of the selection process then he or she is recommended to the Assistant Chief of Police for SWAT assignment. If approved, the officer is sent to a 60-hour basic SWAT school where he or she is trained on safety, team organization, breaching, high risk warrants, covert clearing of a structure, vehicle assaults, arrest procedures, and medical. Upon graduation of the basic SWAT school, the officer is placed on call along with the existing team for critical incidents.

The SWAT team conducts 24 hours of training a month.  The team trains on a wide variety of topics throughout the year.  In 2018, the team conducted 1,551 hours of training, with 63% of this training spent on live fire training at the range.  The SWAT team teach all sworn officers how to respond to Active Shooter incidents. In addition, the team instructed city personnel in the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Incidents. In order to stay updated on tactics, the team receives periodical training from former military special operations soldiers who have real world experience with handling critical situations.

 

Drug Drop Box

The Duncanville Police Department has installed a secure Drug Drop Box in the lobby of the station located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd. The drop box will allow residents a free, safe and anonymous way to dispose any unused or expired medications 24 hours a day. The drop box is NOT intended for the use of business, pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s offices or any facility that distributes medications.

IMG_35031Acceptable and unacceptable forms of medications available for drop off are listed below.

Acceptable Medications – Prescriptions, Pet Meds, Prescription Patches and Vitamins.

Unacceptable Medications – Needles, Inhalers, Aerosols, Hydrogen Peroxide, Thermometers, Ointments, Lotions or Liquids.

Why residents should turn in their unused prescription drugs:

• Medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.
• Drugs can be scavenged and illegally sold.
• Unused pharmaceuticals are environmental toxins; flushing them down the toilet or sink can release
them into our drinking water and soil.
Thanks to grant funding provided by the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, unused and expired medications can be deposited for proper disposal.
What cannot be disposed of:

Hydrogen peroxide, Thermometers, Inhalers, Needles, Aerosol Cans, Other Ointments/ Lotions/ Liquids.

If you have any questions please contact Officer Doug Sisk 972-780-5027 or dsisk@duncanvillepd.com