back to home page
the news of iowa park
features from around iowa park
weddings, anniversaries and more
local obituaries
columns and letters
sports from local athletes
award-winning photos
let us know
ipleader advertising resources
businesses around iowa park
iowa park churches
area groups
get your message to the people
the iowa park area
the town of friendly living
the best of schools
links of interest
iowa park's paper since 1969
the leader staff
give us a shout





Recent arrests may clear up
local burglary cases

By Sherrie Williams
Wichita County deputies took three into custody last week after responding to several reports of vehicle burglaries and the theft of a vehicle.
Johnathon Thomas Hutchison, 23, and Marene Dejuana Carr, 22, were both charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and two counts of endangering a child.
They remain in Wichita County jail with bonds totalling $27,500 each.
A 15-year-old juvenile was also taken into custody and charged with several counts of burglary of a motor vehicle. He was transported to Wichita County Juvenile Detention.
According to Wichita County Deputy Randy Elliott the three have been tied to 12 vehicles burglaries and the theft of a vehicle, all of which occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 27.
Elliott said the arrests also solved some Wichita Falls cases and will likely solve several additional cases of vehicle burglaries in the area.
Hutchinson and Carr were both also charged with two counts of endangering a child.
“They left a three-year-old and a four-year-old at home alone while they were out burglarizing vehicles,” said Elliott.
According to a press release from Wichita County Deputy Melvin Joyner, on Wednesday July 27, at approximately 3:48 a.m. Wichita County deputies responded to the 4500 block of Mourning Dove in reference to the burglary of a motor vehicle.
At approximately 4:38 a.m., the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 4400 block of Kiel Drive in reference to a separate report of the burglary of a vehicle.
That morning Wichita County deputies received several reports of vehicles being burglarized.
While investigating the reports, at approximately 4:38 a.m. a Wichita County Deputy observed two males and a female running from the 700 block of Wellington Lane into a wooded area behind several residences, eluding deputies.
However, Elliott said the deputies observed an abandoned vehicle on Wellington and ran a computer check on the vehicle. They contacted the registered owner who informed the deputies he had sold the vehicle and told deputies he who he had sold the car to. The car was linked to Hutchinson and Carr.
Elliott said the deputies later learned as well as the juvenile had been traveling in the vehicle and it ran out of gas on Wellington.
At approximately 7:52 a.m. deputies responded to the 1100 block of Springlake in reference to the theft of a vehicle. The vehicle was recovered in the 1400 block of East Cortez in a vacant lot.
According to Joyner’s press release, at approximately 6:43 a.m. Wichita County deputies responded to Town and Country and Nashua Streets to check a residence where possible suspects in the burglaries may reside.
Upon arrival, a 22-year-old female and a 21-year-old male were placed under arrest and several stolen items were recovered including wallets, purses, handguns and personal identifications that were taken in the July 27 burglaries and several other recent burglaries.
Just before 9 a.m. the 15-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody in the 1000 block of Fell Lane in connection with the burglaries.
Ten to fifteen burglaries have been cleared so far with these three arrests and according to Elliott that many additional cases may be cleared up as the investigation continues.