With the inordinate number of crimes in almost all categories being reported in Copperas Cove during the last several months, it is not surprising that a homicide would make the list.

In light of the horrific family violence statistics we’ve seen of late, the surprise to me is that there aren’t more homicides.

While we’re still light-years behind the homicide statistics of our neighbors to the east in the number of annual killings, we must be mindful that our population is far less, making even one homicide a frightening and intolerable event in comparison.

According to a police department news release, Cove police were dispatched to the 700 block of Ash Street on March 21 in reference to a stabbing.

On arrival, police discovered the body of an elderly man inside the residence.

A suspect in the crime was not at the scene, but was subsequently detained by police in the victim’s vehicle at another location.

Police identified the victim of the stabbing as Charles Richard Rosales, 78, of Copperas Cove.

Rosales was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Price, who ordered an autopsy at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas.

The suspect was identified by police as John Joseph Rosales Brown, 50, of Copperas Cove. A criminal complaint was filed charging Brown with murder. He was arraigned by Price on March 22, who set a surety bond at $2 million. Brown remains in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of bond.

Game Stop theft suspect

Police continue to ask the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of being involved in a theft that occurred March 11 at Game Stop, located at 301 Constitution Drive in Copperas Cove.

The suspect is described as a slender male with tattoos on both arms and a tattoo on his neck that spells out “Ashley.”

Folks, this suspect might as well have posed for a photograph given the detail of the surveillance photo, with the arm tattoos and “Ashley” spelled out on his neck. The only thing he failed to provide was a calling card with his name and address.

Countless people know this theft suspect and can easily recognize him as the person sought by police. The honorable thing to do is to provide his identity to CCPD, which can be accomplished anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers.

I’ve said it before, and will continue to assert, that people with knowledge of a crime and who remain silent possess no better ethics than the criminal.

Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 in cash for clues if the tip leads to an arrest and prosecution. Call Crime Stoppers at 254-547-1111 or submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Assaults

Eleven assaults were reported this week. Experience and gut feelings tell me there were considerably more that went unreported for a variety of reasons.

Three of these despicable crimes were sexual assaults and five involved family violence. All we need in Cove to enhance these crimes is more alcohol-serving establishments.

  • A sexual assault of a child was reported March 21.
  • Continuous sexual assault of a child was reported March 24. Locations of this category of crime are purposely omitted to protect the identity of the victim. That being said, if the accused is convicted of this atrocious and continuous crime, the gates of Hades await him or her over and above what the State of Texas has in store.
  • A sexual assault was reported March 24.
  • An assault by contact was reported March 22.
  • An assault with bodily injury was reported March 22 in the 1100 block of Dixon Circle. This address has made the news multiple times during the past three weeks.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported March 23 in the 1100 block of Marlee Circle.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported March 23 in the 1600 block of North Main Street.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported March 24 in the 900 block of Lynn Lane.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported March 25 in the 100 block of East Truman Avenue.
  • An assault with bodily injury was reported March 27 in the 700 block of North Second Street.
  • An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence was reported March 27. This is a felony offense.

Thefts/burglaries

Twelve thefts/burglaries were reported to police this week. I hoped these high numbers were seasonal, but it appears they are the new normal.

  • A theft of currency was reported March 21 in the 3000 block of Lazy Lane.
  • A theft of jewelry valued at $4,000 was reported March 22 in the 2000 block of Dennis Street.
  • The theft of a motorcycle helmet was reported March 23 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft of merchandise was reported March 23 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft of currency by deception was reported March 24 in the 4200 block of Primrose Drive.
  • The theft of an alcoholic beverage valued at $4.40 was reported March 25 in the 300 block of North First Street.
  • A theft of assets valued at $4,794 was reported March 26 in the 900 block of Edwards Street.
  • A burglary of a habitation was reported March 26 in the 1100 block of Dixon Circle. Assets valued at $420 were reported stolen.
  • The theft of a firearm was reported March 27 in the 2100 block of Coy Drive. The theft of a firearm is a felony, regardless of the value of the gun.
  • A theft of a rifle, ammunition and a knife from a residence was reported March 27 in the 900 block of South 19th Street. This is a felony crime.
  • A theft of tools from a residence was reported March 27 in the 3200 block of Sabrina Lane.
  • A theft of a battery and documents from a vehicle was reported March 27 in the 900 block of South 23rd Street

Other crimes

  • Criminal mischief was reported March 21 in the 2700 block of Mountain Avenue.
  • Criminal mischief was reported March 22 in the 1100 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • Criminal mischief was reported March 23 in the 100 block of East Truman Avenue.
  • Criminal mischief was reported March 25 in the 1300 block of Falcon Trail. A glass door valued at $1,000 was reportedly damaged.
  • Criminal mischief was reported March 26 in the 1200 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190. Damage estimated at $210 was reported.
  • Animal cruelty was reported March 22 in the 900 block of Lynn Lane.
  • Forgery of a government document/money was reported March 23 in the 3000 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • Possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were reported March 24. An arrest was made.
  • Possession of a dangerous drug, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance were reported March 24. This one-person crime wave was arrested. Kudos to the cops.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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