Killeen police arrested a wanted fugitive July 29 following a traffic stop near the intersection of Harbour Avenue and 10th Street in Killeen.
Zantar Anton Bright, 32, of Harker Heights was arrested and faces a litany of both misdemeanor and felony charges, including giving a false name.
According to an arrest affidavit, Bright was pulled over by Killeen police and during the incident, Bright identified himself as Mike Robson and could not provide any valid form of identification.
As officers attempted to arrest the man, “the driver attempted to run and resist. After seeking assistance from other officers, (he) was placed in custody, the affidavit said.
Also according to the arrest affidavit, officers searched the vehicle, which contained a trove of illegal narcotics, including 2 grams of a powdery substance that subsequently tested positive for cocaine, 38 prescription pills that police identified as Alprazolam and less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
According to information derived from the arrest affidavit, after Bright was transported to thee Bell County Jail, the suspect confirmed his name was Zantar Anton Bright.
Bright was arraigned July 29 by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and formally charged with felony parole violation, felony possession of more than 1 gram of cocaine, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance for the Alprozolam prescription drugs, according to the affidavit.
Bright was also arraigned on a charge of failure to register as a fugitive, as he had two warrants for his arrest. One warrant was for nonpayment of child support and the other for parole revocation.
This one-man crime wave was transferred to the Bell County Jail with bonds totaling $50,000.
Many crimes such as these are unveiled during routine traffic stops made by police. Like Crime Stoppers, vigilance pays.
Heights police continue to investigate the shooting of a man late July 28 in Heights.
On July 28, police responded to Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights regarding a gunshot victim.
On arrival, officers encountered a 26-year-old man suffering from a single gunshot would to the chest, according to a news release.
Police said the initial investigation indicated the victim was seated in a vehicle with a friend in the 400 block of Brittany Way when an unidentified man approached the vehicle while displaying a gun. The suspect demanded money and when the victim refused, he was shot.
The victim was driven to Seton Medical Center by his friend. He was subsequently airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where he was listed in stable condition.
As criminals become bolder and more desperate for funds to support illicit habits, crimes such as these are likely to be repeated. Citizens must continually be aware of their surroundings and remain vigilant with safety in mind. In today’s society, we are all vulnerable.
A carjacking was reported to police early July 30 in Harker Heights. Bell County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the vicinity of Farm-to-Market 3219 and FM 439 near Whisky Creek.
Police said when they arrived on scene, they met with the victim, who said he was flagged down by someone he thought he recognized, so he stopped.
The victim said he felt when he thought was a firearm placed against his head and he and his passenger were ordered out of the vehicle. Three carjackers entered the vehicle and drove east in the direction of Belton on FM 439.
The stolen vehicle is describes as a silver 2000 Ford Taurus, four-door bearing Texas license plates BB5V126.
While I don’t advocate doing away with the good Samaritan urges in all decent, law-abiding citizenry, I do urge caution and common sense in its application.
Be aware of your surroundings and wary of strangers in sparsely populated areas. It is OK to notify police of any suspicious activity when observed. In fact, doing so is every citizen’s duty.
Anyone having information about this or any other crime is urged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.
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.