Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Reward Increased in Dallas Courier's Murder

Two nightclubs have added $15,000 to rewards leading to the arrests of three men who joined in the fatal shooting early Jan. 6 of a courier who was trying to make an overnight deposit at a Dallas bank.

The rewards offered by Cowboys Arlington and Cowboys Red River bring the total rewards to $25,000, said Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, Dallas Police spokesman. Schepps Dairy had earlier donated $10,000.

Police are looking for three men in connection with the killing of Phillip Washington, 50, whose slaying was captured on surveillance video in the parking lot of the State Bank and Trust in the 4200 block of North Central Expressway.

"Cowboys Arlington and Cowboys Red River are nightclubs that Mr. Washington picked up from," Janse said. "He would pick up their nightly deposits and take them to the bank, like he was doing the night he was killed."

Police have said that Washington's white Dodge Ram pickup truck and an undetermined amount of cash were taken.

The three men are considered armed and dangerous, police said. Here is the released video footage:

Janse said anyone has information about the crime or the suspects please can call homicide detectives at 214-671-3661.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Widow of Murdered Dallas Courier Asks for Help in Finding Killers

The widow of a Dallas money courier killed over the weekend made a tearful plea Monday for help in finding her husband's killers.

Phillip Leon Washington, 50, was shot and robbed by three men about 6:45 a.m. Sunday as he prepared to make a deposit outside the State Bank & Trust in the 4200 block of North Central Expressway, police said.

"I'd like to make a special appeal to anyone out there that would have any information that would be helpful to the police in tracking down these guys that did this to my husband," Barbara Washington said at Dallas police headquarters.

Also Monday, Schepps Dairy announced it's offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible.

Detectives have spoken to witnesses, and a portion of the crime was caught on surveillance video.

Police say the men stole the victim's white 2007 Dodge Ram four-door pickup, Texas license 49YYH5, and an undetermined amount of cash. Mr. Washington, a former Dallas County deputy constable, was armed, but police believe no words were exchanged before he was shot as the robbers approached him from behind.

"He was a loving man and father that didn't get a chance to come home," Ms. Washington said. "I was waiting for him to come home, and he never made it. And when I got the call that morning, I was devastated and I don't know what to do."

Anyone with information on the case can call the Dallas police homicide unit at 214-671-3661.

By SCOTT GOLDSTEIN / The Dallas Morning News

Monday, January 07, 2008

Dallas Courier Gunned Down/Killed Near Dallas Bank

Phillip Washington was gunned down while dropping off a large amount of money at State Bank and Trust on North Central Expressway and Lee Street. Police say the gunmen appeared to have been waiting for him.

"The police told us this morning he was ambushed by three guys leaving the bank," said Fredrick Washington, Phillip's brother. "They took his gun and took his truck and shot him in the back."

Phillip was a Dallas County Constable before starting his own business, and he was well known throughout the community.

"They could have just left him," said Fredrick. "I just hope they catch them and do what they got to do."

"To those guys, I really don't have to much to say, but whatever goes around will come back around," said Philana Washington, Phillip's daughter.

Dallas police say the gunmen got away in a 2007 Dodge pickup truck with license plate number 49Y-YH5.