Willow Park Mayor Doyle Moss proclaimed May 12-18 as WP Police Week Tuesday night, and during the city council meeting a resident thanked law enforcement for their work after a home invasion that occurred at his residence on April 4.
The resident, Lynn Fuller, wrote a letter that was read aloud during the council meeting.
“My wife of 45 years and I have lived in Willow park for the past 35 years. Unfortunately several weeks ago, we were the victims of a terrifying home invasion at our residence. Two armed individuals with black hoods and black clothing kicked down our master bedroom door and jumped on top of my wife in bed,” according to Fuller’s letter. “I was at our ranch in West Texas and was not present. Willow Park police along with the Parker County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incident. I immediately turned from West Texas to Willow Park and met with representatives of our police department to gain more information, resulting in the involvement of the [sheriff’s office], Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in the case.”
Officers were able to locate a man named Hassan Ellis, who was found to have outstanding warrants on other charges, and arrested him, according to Willow Park police. It was later revealed that Ellis was involved in the robbery. Ellis was booked into the Parker County Jail after his arrest for failure to identify a fugitive and giving false information.
“Without the quick response and great police work of Willow Park officers, the arrest of the individual in our neighborhood and the other evidence collected at the residence, the arrests of the other suspects involved in this incident would not have been possible,” according to Fuller’s letter.
The two other suspects — Daryn Allen Hudson, 33, and Justin Michael Baxter, 35 — were arrested on April 18 in Hays County. The two were charged with aggravated robbery.
“I wanted to thank all of the officers that responded to the scene and those that dealt with my wife with professionalism and comfort to her for several hours while this was unfolding,” according to Fuller’s letter. “[Sgt.] Jaclin Ramirez was the lead investigator on the case and her professionalism and work was exemplary. We are lucky to have her.”
Ramirez has been with the Willow Park Police Department for 14 years and is currently a sergeant assigned to criminal investigations. She works all cases from property crimes to crimes against persons.
“Sgt. Jaclin Ramirez has been with the Willow Police Department for over a decade. She is passionate about her job and enjoys the science behind much of what she is tasked to do,” WP Police Chief Carrie West said. “She is an asset to the Willow Park Police Department and the citizens we serve.”
Fuller, who spent 40 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer, said all agencies involved worked round-the-clock to bring the investigation to a conclusion as quick as possible.
“Over the year I have been involved in many multi-agency investigations and it was not always a pleasant experience. The cooperation and professionalism of these agencies was exemplary,” according to the letter. “I would like to report that my wife is doing fine and appreciates all of the thoughts and prayers. She remained calm and cool through the entire ordeal, which probably resulted in the outcome not being much worse.”
West said she appreciated Fuller’s letter.
“We appreciate Mr. Fuller taking the time to commend those that responded to the robbery. We are grateful to our personnel and the professional relationship that we have with the other agencies that assisted in identification and apprehension of those involved,” West said. “Furthermore, we are extremely humbled by Mr. Fuller’s kind words.”
National Police Week is a time to remember the fallen and honor the living and Moss read a proclamation in honor of law enforcement stating, “Law enforcement officers, including members of the Willow Park Police Department, accept a profound responsibility and work to uphold our laws, safeguard our rights and freedoms, and serve on the front lines in the light against crime and terrorism.”
West said National Police Week is a time to reflect on the role that officers play in society.
“We are losing too many officers to both line of duty deaths and to suicides. In 2018, 163 line of duty deaths occurred across our nation. In addition, 159 officers died by suicide the same year,” West said. “To date, 42 officers have died in the line of duty in 2019; Texas has lost three. This is a great week to reflect on the role that the police play in our society and to thank the men and women who are called to the noble profession of policing.”