Authorities identify 37 arrested in Central Texas gang crackdown

Published: Apr. 19, 2019 at 6:03 PM CDT
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Authorities Monday identified the 37 violent offenders and fugitives who were arrested during a large-scale three-day gang crackdown in Killeen and Bell County.

Charges against the 37 range from possession of a controlled substance to firearms theft to harboring a fugitive to hindering apprehension to murder.

The crackdown, called Operation First Strike, involved the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Texas Department of Public Safety the Killeen Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Officers focused on known gang members in Killeen and Bell County during the operation, which started Wednesday and ended Friday.

Of the 37 people who were arrested, 13 are gang members or associates, police said on Friday.

The goal was “to bring the Killeen community immediate relief from gang-related violence,” police said in a press release Friday.

“The collaborative law enforcement effort was accomplished by targeting and arresting violent fugitives who were wanted by authorities for high-profile crimes such as homicide, felony assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and arson,” police said.

List of those arrested

(Source: Killeen Police Dept.)

Horne, Ronald, 22

Parole Warrant--Possession of Controlled Substance; Possession of a Firearm by Felon

Turner, Charles, 36

Federal Warrant--Possession of Firearm by Felon

Davis, Travis, 30

Probation Warrant--Dangerous Drugs

Ware, Breauna, 26,

Hindering Apprehension; Driving While License Invalid

Shell, Billy, 30

Probation Warrant--Fail to Comply Sex Offender

Ramirez, Augustin, 34

Possession of Marijuana 2-4 oz.

Bernard, Shemorgan, 32,

Parole Warrant--Firing Weapon

Gomez, Josef, 53,

Probation Warrant--Driving While License Invalid

Ware, Desmond, 46

Interference w/Duties of Public Servant

Barnes, Timbritt, 25,

Felon in Possession of Firearm; Possession of Controlled Substance

Robinson, Devonta, 24,

Possession of Controlled Substance

Byers, Geraldo, 44,

Possession of Controlled Substance

Harris, Jacqueline, 54

Failure to Appear; Drug Paraphernalia

Duke, Gerald, 47

Probation Warrant--Burglary of Vehicles

Lowe, Terrell, 26

Federal Warrant

Newton, Pamela, 52

Parole Warrant—Murder

Brickell, Miles, 53

Harboring a Fugitive

McGowan, Dana, 30

Parole Warrant--Evading in a Vehicle; Felony Theft of Property

Wimberly, Jonathan, 42

Possession of Controlled Substance

Lahue, Michael, 27

Parole Warrant--Possession of Controlled Substance

Adams, Xavier, 22

Failure to Appear--Strangulation

Lackerson, Willie, 33

Warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance

Lee, Sierra, 23,

Warrant--Theft of Property

Smith, Quythelia, 29

Warrant--Failure to Appear

Washington, Dexter, 46

Probation Warrant--Assault Family Member; Failure to ID


Jennings, Bryan, 35

Parole Warrant—Robbery

Roberson, James, 56

Parole Warrant--Failure to Appear; Possession of Controlled


Bedburick, Kaleb, 29

Possession of Marijuana Under 2 oz.

Green, Joseph, 32

Federal Warrant—Counterfeiting

Lyles, Cherella, 32

KMC Warrant Theft

Bradley, James, 46

Possession of Marijuana Under 2 oz.; Felon in Possession of Firearm; Federal Charges Pending

Carter, Tranisha, 30

Parole Warrant--Assault on a Peace Officer; Failure to ID Fugitive

Asbury, Raymond, 22

Warrant--Burglary of Vehicles

Martin-Dimas, Briana, 19

Possession of Controlled Substance PG3

Jackson, Derrick, 49

Parole Warrant--Driving While License Invalid 3 or more; Possession of Controlled Substance

Bradley, Jamez, 23

Drug Paraphernalia

Tyree, Antonio, 26

Theft of a Firearm; Federal Charges Pending

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