An autopsy conducted by the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, confirmed that the suspicious death of a Heights woman died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to a Harker Heights Police Department news release provided on Tuesday, police responded to a violent domestic assault in the 300 block of Jeff Gordon, where they found Latisha Ann Hutton, 20, with a chest wound.

In the news release, police identified Hutton and her possible assailant, and reported that a 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.

The unnamed male suspect was taken into custody and was later released. His name is being withheld pending action by the Bell County grand jury.

According to previous Killeen Daily Herald reports, Hutton was a 2013 Ellison High School graduate.

A Harker Heights man was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on a charge of Indecency with a child by exposure.

Jonathan G. Sparks, 28, was arraigned on June 6 after police responded to prospector Trail on April 21 in response to a 16-year old girl’s report of the crime.

According to an arrest affidavit, a white male in a care drove by her several times until ultimately driving up behind her and following at the speed she was walking.

Information in the arrest affidavit stated that the victim thought the driver of the vehicle was lost and approached the open passenger side widow to see if the man needed directions.

At that point, according to the affidavit, the girl noticed the “the man had his hand down his pants,” after which he removed his genitals and began pleasuring himself.

According to the affidavit, “the victim got a good look at the man, his unique clothing and the vehicle he was driving.”

The affidavit stated that there are numerous indecent exposure cases pending against the suspect for similar activity involving adults.

As of Wednesday, Sparks was being held at the Bell County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Police responded to a variety of crime reports this week:

Thefts/burglaries

One theft was reported this week.

A theft from a person was reported June 8 in the 2000 block of Heights Drive.

Six burglaries were reported to police this week, a dramatic increase from previous weeks.

A burglary of a habitation was reported June 2 in the 500 block of South Roy Reynolds Drive

A burglary of a building was reported June 4 in the 200 block of Cox Drive.

A burglary of a building was reported June 4 in the 700 block of Indian Trail Drive.

A burglary of a building was reported June 4 in the 400 block of Randy Boulevard.

A burglary of a vehicle was reported June 4 in the 1900 block of Merlin Drive.

A burglary of a building was reported June 3 in the 400 block of Brittney way.

An aggravated robbery with a firearm was reported June 2 in the 300 block of East Cherokee Drive.

Historically, as summer gets into full swing, property crimes such as thefts, burglaries and criminal mischief will only increase. It is a seasonal phenomenon, which will decrease when school is back in session. Am I saying that this increase is totally caused by vacationing teens?

Certainly not, although some of these are the result of boredom, unemployment and in the case of criminal mischief, a desire for revenge.

Drug offenses

Possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces was reported June 3 in the 500 block of Pan American Drive. In the same incident, possession of a controlled substance was also reported. An arrest was made.

Other crimes

Unauthorized use of a vehicle (theft) was reported June 3 in the 200 block of west Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Assault with bodily injury was reported June 5 in the 400 block of Winter Sun Drive.

Criminal mischief, graffiti was reported June 4 in the 500 block of East Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Criminal mischief was reported June 3 in the 800 block of South Ann Boulevard. Were these the result of Boredom or revenge?

Criminal trespass was reported June 4 in the 400 block of Indian Trail Drive.

Unauthorized carrying of weapons was reported June 3 in the 500 block of Pan American Drive.

Failure to identify as a fugitive was reported June 8 in the 300 block of West veterans Memorial Boulevard.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.

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

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