Within the past several days Midland Police Department Investigators have developed three suspects involved in a Murder which occurred in Midland Texas last week. The U.S. Marshalls Office, Department of Public Safety and the Big Spring Police Department / Howard County Sheriffs Office SWAT Team, assisted Midland Police Department Investigators and the Midland Police Department SWAT Team execute Arrest Warrants on Michael Anthony Gomez W/M DOB 12/9/91, Tyson Demetrius Barker B/M DOB DOB 1/11/91 and Cruz Gutierrez W/M DOB 1/7/93. Gomez and Barker were both located at 710 Pine St. Big Spring Texas and Gomez was located at Park Village Apartments #52 (1905 Wasson Big Spring Texas). All suspects were booked into the Howard County Detention Center each charged with Murder. The Big Spring Police Department and Howard County Sheriffs Office have no further information regarding this investigation. Any further inquiries are directed to Midland Police Department Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz (432)413-5021.
Big Spring Officers are currently investigating two habitation burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours of 11-13-2014. The first took place in the 1200 block of W. 6th. A female subject, preparing for work at approx. 3:50 am, went out to start her vehicle. She went back in the house and left the door unlocked. She heard a noise and she walked into the hall and was met by a black male subject pointing a gun at her. At this point her sons were awakened and jumped on the suspect, wrestling him out of the house and to the ground outside. They were not able to keep him there and the subject left the area on foot. The suspect is described as 5'11" tall, athletic build, wearing all black (hoodie, pants, and boots).
At approx. 4:23 am, Officers responded to the 200 blk of Circle in reference to a similar incident. The complainant advised that a black male armed with a handgun had entered her residence through a door left unlocked when family members had just left for work. The female victim was sleeping with her 5 grandchildren when she was awakened by the man. She described the male as 6'3" 190 lbs, wearing a black jacket and black gloves and was bald. She advised that he seemed confused and did not point the weapon at her but tried to get her to leave the room with him, she refused and her grandchildren began waking up at which point the suspect left the house. In both cases the complainants did observe a 4door or extended cab pickup, older model, with loud exhaust. Both cases are under investigation at this time.
If you have any information please contact Crimestoppers at 432-263-TIPS (8477). Also remember, when you are in your home it is an excellent idea to keep doors closed and locked at all times. Always be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity immediately.
On 11-12-2014 at approx. 3:34 pm, Detectives served an arrest warrant at 1508 Sycamore. The warrant was for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Arrested was JOHN M. SOLIS h/m 11-11-85 of 1508A Sycamore. His arrest stems from an incident where Solis is alleged to have shot his neighbor, Nathan Robinson, in the leg on 11-06-14. The shooting was the result of a dispute over parking spaces. Solis was taken to the Detention Center and booked and is awaiting arraignment.
On the 8th of November 2014 just before noon, Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the Roy Anderson Sports Complex (1700 W. IH 20) in regards to suspicious incident.
Officers learned that a child was in the parking lot when an older White/Male told the child to come to him and that he had something for the child. The child then ran off, locked himself in his own vehicle and later contacted his mother. At the time of this the older White/Male was within his own vehicle described as a White Chevrolet Silverado with a Black grill guard. The mother of the child told the Police once she learned of the incident she responded to the parking lot and received the license plate of the suspect vehicle as it was driving off. The license plate given to Police is registered to an elderly female individual in Big Spring.
At this point within the investigation, Officers do not have the required information to formally charge anyone with a criminal offense. The charge Enticing a Child requires an element to the offense to prove the individual intended to interfere with the custodial rights of the guardian. At this time we do not know what the intent of the older White/Male was.
The Criminal Investigations Division is following up on this incident.
This is an ongoing investigation and the Big Spring Police Department has no further information available at this time.
On 11-06-2014 at approx. 4:05 pm, Officers responded to the 1500 block of Sycamore in reference to shots fired. Officers were advised that one person had been shot. On arrival officers found one victim with a gunshot wound to the lower leg. The victim was identified as, NATHAN D. ROBINSON III, b/m 40 yoa. The victim advised officers that he had been involved in a dispute with a neighbor over parking rights. The dispute went from verbal to physical at which point the neighbor pulled a pistol and shot the victim in the leg. The suspect threatened to shoot the victim again and the victim made it into his residence and called 911. The suspect fled the scene at this point. The victim was taken by ambulance to the emergency room and at last report was in good condition. The neighbor is being sought for questioning by detectives. No further at this time.
On 11-02-2014 at approx. 4:18am, Officers responded to 1002 N. Main Apt. #51, in reference to a possible death. Officers arrived on scene and found that a male subject was deceased in the residence. He was identified as DARREN ZITTERKOPF, w/m, 49 years of age of Big Spring. It was learned that the resident had notified Police and the victim does not live in the residence but is an acquaintance of the resident. Officers observed no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious injuries. Justice of the Peace Green responded to the scene. Due to the age of the victim and the absence of obvious injury, Judge Green ordered an autopsy which will take place Monday at 10:00 am in Lubbock. This investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to release at this time.
Recently The Big Spring Police Department has received complaints from citizens regarding a phone scam. The complaints are regarding phone calls they are receiving from subjects who claim to be law enforcement officers. They tell the citizen that they have missed a court date and owe fines and attempt to collect those fines over the phone. Neither the Police Department nor the Howard County Sheriffs Office are contacting citizens about fines. If you receive one of these calls listen carefully to the name and agency given. Do not give ANY personal information to the callers. Report the call to the local Police or Sheriffs office immediately.
On the 22nd of October 2014 at approximately 9:00 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 1002 N. Main (Northcrest Apartments) in reference to a gunshot victim. When Officers arrived they located the victim, identified as Alfredo Harper B/M DOB 4/3/89. Harper was found lying outside in-between two of the Apartment buildings. Harper was found to have been shot in the arm, abdomen and hip. Harper was immediately transported by EMS to a landing zone for helicopter transport to Midland Memorial for treatment. The initial investigation revealed some type of verbal altercation occurred between Harper and the suspect, in the parking lot of the apartments, when the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds striking Harper. Harper was found to have run approximately 100 yards through the apartment complex before collapsing. The suspect is believed to have departed the apartment complex prior to Officers arrival. At the time of this release Harper’s condition is unknown. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time. If you have any information regarding this shooting please call the Big Spring / Howard County Crime Stoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477).
Chief Chad Williams
Lt. Brian Gordon
Sgt. Tony Everett