A Harker Heights man was arrested by Heights police on a charge of burglary of a habitation after police caught him and another man leaving a home with a bag containing electronics.

On responding to the 200 block of Turnbo Road on Sept. 22, police found that two men had been detained by a police officer already on the scene.

Cody Vincent Russell, 18, of Harker Heights, was arraigned Sept. 28 by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke, who set Russell’s bond at $75,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, police interviewed a neighbor of the victim who told them the two men forced their way through the front door of the home.

Police identified Russell as one of the men seen leaving the burglarized home with a black bag containing electronics.

Police said Russell told them he was going to sell the items to the homeowner and found the front door open.

Police were unable to contact the homeowner to verify ownership of the electronics found in the black bag and the two men were released.

Subsequently, the homeowner contacted police and told them he did not give the men permission to enter his home or to take property from the home.

After viewing the items found inside the black bag, the homeowner verified the items belonged to him.


A Heights man was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple on Monday following a shooting.

According to a news release, police responded to a shots fired 7:25 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 100 block of East Cherokee Drive, where a man was located with a gunshot wound to his lower leg.

According to Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson, spokesman for the Harker Heights Police Department, the victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

The news release stated that a man was taken into custody by police. The incident remains under investigation. Wilson said the case is being screened by the Bell County District Attorney’s office.

Anyone having information about this incident is urged to contact Harker Heights Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 254-953-5400.

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

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