County Commissioners Learn How Many Veterans the County Is Helping

Last week the Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court received an in-depth report on the yearly calls serviced by the county Department of Veteran Affairs.

Addressing the Commissioner’s Court, County Veteran Affairs Service Officer Robert Hunter said "I expected this quarter to be significantly lower than the previous quarters of this year, just because last year this was our lowest quarter of the year.


Forney Police Make Arrest in Diamond Creek Home Invasion

Forney Police detectives have arrested and charged Talecia Rashad Sweat for Aggravated Robbery and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for an offense in the 1400 block of Vista Ridge Drive.

On August 23, 2017 at around 10:25 a.m., Forney Police received two calls for police assistance from the 1400 block of Fairfield and from the 1400 block of Vista Ridge in the Diamond Creek Neighborhood.

Two separate callers reported that unknown suspects had been involved in an incident at a residence on Vista Ridge and that the suspects had left in an unknown direction.

According to Forney Police, Talecia Rashad Sweat, on or about the August 23, 2017, while in the course of committing theft of property and with the intent to obtain control of the property, intentionally and knowingly threatened or placed an individual in fear of imminent bodily injury or death, through the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon, to wit: a handgun.

According to the offense report, Forney Police conducted interviews in which it was learned that on 8/23/17, the victim was awoken by a knock on his front door located on Vista Ridge Road in Forney Texas.

When the victim opened the door, two black males forced their way into the residence. One black male held the victim at gunpoint while a second black male searched the residence for the victim’s grandson, Joseph Carrillo, who was asleep in his bedroom at the time.

During police interviews with Carrillo and Malik K. Gary, it was learned that Carrillo and Gary traveled to Dallas in the early morning hours of August 23, 2017 to get tattooed by the defendant, Talecia Rashad Sweat.

According to Gary, he and Carrillo made the decision to rob Sweat by taking her money that was lying on the counter in the room where they were getting tattooed.

Carrillo and Gary then ran from Sweat and returned to their respective homes in Forney Texas.

Gary stated that he received a call from a third party after returning home who stated to him that Sweat and her “brothers” were coming to Forney and were going to kill both Carrillo and Gary.

A short time later, the Forney Police Department received a 911 call from Gary requesting they respond to Carrillo’s address. As the investigation unfolded, Forney Police confirmed that the Dallas robbery led to the Forney home invasion robbery.

Other suspects are still being sought and additional arrests are expected soon.

Ms. Sweat will be transported to Kaufman County Jail today. Her bond has been set at $500,000 for each charge. Total bond is $1,000,000.

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