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        THORNTON                        EDWARDS                MURPHY                    YRIGOYEN

        GRIFFITH              TAYLOR                 ORTEZ                 TORRES               KOLODZEIJ

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office have recently made several arrests related to internet crimes against children as well as drug and violence allegations.

On Friday, Feb. 3, HCSO criminal investigators conducted an operation relating to internet crimes against children.

Reginald Lamont Thornton, 38, of Killeen, was taken into custody for Online Solicitation of a Minor, a second-degree felony. According to officers, Thornton traveled to a predetermined location to meet what he thought to be a minor female.

During the execution of arrest, Thornton also was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia. He remains in custody with a $50,000 bond.

On the same day, Walter Edwards, 39, of Hamilton, also was arrested for Online Solicitation of a Minor, a 2nd Degree Felony, the latest defendant in an ongoing child exploitation criminal investigation in and around Hamilton County.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, investigators received sexually explicit photographs and later informed of a meeting time.

The following day, they established probable cause for a felony arrest warrant through Hamilton County Justice of the Peace James Lively, and Billy Dawaine Murphy, 35, of Hico,  was taken into custody at the HCSO for Online Solicitation of a Minor, a Third Degree Felony.

Murphy posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the Hamilton County Jail.

Also on Feb. 9, HCSO Criminal Investigations Division arrested Anthony Robert Yrigoyen, 24, of Fort Worth, who traveled to the Hico park to meet what he believed to be an underage female.

It was discovered during the investigation that Yrigoyen was a registered sex offender, and he was taken into custody for Online Solicitation of a Minor, a second-degree felony and remains in custody at the time of this press release.

“This was another great case made by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division,” said Sheriff Justin Caraway. “The investigation into child exploitation continues.

“Please report any suspicious activity on your children's social media accounts to your local law enforcement agencies.”

On Sunday, Jan. 8, HCSO deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on FM 218. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered a felony offense had occurred. Investigators were able to establish probable cause and obtained a felony warrant through Lively and on Thursday, Feb. 2, Jeramy Shane Griffith, 40, of Hamilton, surrendered himself at the Comanche County Jail on Hamilton County warrant, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a second-degree felony.

Griffith posted bond and was released the same day.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, deputies conducted a traffic stop on US Highway 281, and during the course of the traffic stop a consent to search was granted. A search of the vehicle yielded a crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia.

Jamone Dewayne Taylor, 37, of Fort Worth, was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group One under One Gram, a state jail felony. He remained in custody at the time of release.

On Friday, Feb. 10, HCSO received information from the Hico Marshals Office regarding the burglary of a building and theft of firearms that occurred in December 2016.

Investigators recovered a majority of the missing firearms in Mason and Erath counties. HCSO thanks Hico Marshal Todd Ward and HMO for their assistance in the investigation and Caraway said the case could not have been solved without the good work of Ward and HMO officers.

HCSO and HMO again worked together the same night to arrest Reyes Mario Perez-Ortez, 33, of Stephenville, for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group One under One Gram, SJF, and Possession of Marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Ortez posted bond the following morning.

HCSO later obtained felony arrest warrants for Arlando Martin Torres, 31, of Hico, who was charged with Burglary of a Building, SJF, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a third-degree felony. Torres remained in custody at the time of the release.

On Sunday, Feb. 12, investigators conducted a traffic stop at about the intersection of US 281 and FM 3302. The operator of the vehicle, Christopher Shawn Kolodziej, 28, of Hamilton, showed to have an active warrant, Motion to Proceed/Possession of Marijuana under Two Ounces in a Drug Free Zone.

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded two forms of controlled substance, and Kolodziej was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group One under One Gram (Cocaine) and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group One under One Gram (Methamphetamine), both SJFs.

He remained in custody at the time of this press release.

All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, Caraway said.

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