Armed Burglary Suspect Contacted And Arrested After Being Spotted By Concerned Citizen (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Friday, May 23, 2014, 14:12 (1370 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – Officers with the Department’s Patrol Division responded to a residential burglary in-progress at about 8:30 a.m. today (May 23, 2014) in the 1600 block of South 15th Street. A concerned citizen had notified police via 9-1-1 and provided the description of a male suspect the citizen spotted leaving the involved residence. The citizen knew the suspect did not live at the residence and also noted the suspect carrying a bag which appeared full of items. As patrol officers converged to the area, the suspect matching the description was spotted walking westbound on South 14th Street. Officers contacted the suspect in the 1400 block of Ross Avenue where the suspect was detained and placed into custody after reaching for something in his waistband. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol and a search of the bag he possessed contained property linked back to the involved residence. The suspect was evasive and not forthcoming with officers.

The suspect was identified as Wesson B. Osborne (DOB: 05/09/75). Detectives with the Crimes Against Property Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division were summoned to assist. Osborne was taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. The preliminary investigation revealed that Osborne is a convicted felon and was in possession of multiple property items when arrested. The suspect was positively identified by the eyewitness during this investigation. The victim of the residential burglary was contacted and identified multiple items of property that had been stolen from the victim’s residence.

Osborne was arrested for felony Burglary of a Habitation and taken before a magistrate. Further charges are anticipated as part of this ongoing investigation. Osborne’s bond was set at $100,000. This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for their consideration of charges.

The Abilene Police Department takes this opportunity to yet again remind our entire community that they are the first line of defense in preventing crime. Today is a prime example of how community and police work together to combat crime.

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