Tyler police have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the June 29 stabbing of a 40-year-old woman.

Police investigators have acquired the assistance of a Forensic Artist with the Texas Rangers Evidential Art and Facial Identification Unit, to provide the composite drawing of the suspect described as a  black male, 5’10” to 6’0” tall, thin build not muscular, short hair, thin mustache, wearing a pastel pink short sleeve crew neck t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the suspect involved in this crime is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers, at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833).  Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case, or any, felony case.

The victim who was stabbed at her downtown Tyler apartment remains hospitalized and is recovering from multiple stab wounds.


House Total Loss in Tyler Fire

An early morning fire at a vacant house in Tyler is under investigation.

The two-alarm fire at 5:08 a.m. Monday destroyed the house at 3125 Old Noonday Rd.

Five engines and one Ladder Company, along with a district chief and an investigator, responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy fire involvement in the residential structure.  The fire was brought under control and all units had cleared the scene by 9:45 a.m.  There were no occupants in the residence at the time of the fire and the structure is reported to be a total loss.  No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


NTSB Investigating Fatal East Texas Plane Crash

The wreckage of a plane that went down in East Texas over the weekend has been located and law officials say the pilot was killed in the crash.

Harrison County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Shreveport Civil Air patrol at approximately 5:00 AM regarding a possible airplane crash in Northeastern Harrison County.  CAP officials stated that an emergency locator beacon had been activated somewhere near the Caddo lake National Wildlife refuge.

Harrison County Sheriff’s office and DPS troopers were able to locate the plane close to the intersection of Hwy 43 North and Old Port Caddo rd. in Harrison County. The area is a privately owned densely wooded forest of pine trees and the aircraft was located approximately 400 yards off the roadway.

Texas DPS Troopers reached the scene and found a large transport turboprop aircraft on the ground with the tail section and part of a wing missing. The sole occupant of the aircraft was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy George at approximately 12:30 PM. The scene was secured and the National Transportation Safety Board office in Houston, Texas was notified of the crash.

The aircraft was on a flight from DeKalb (Chicago), Illinois to Brownsville, Texas at the time of the crash. It is presumed to have been caught in a violent thunderstorm that came through the area of Northeastern Harrison County at approximately 4:30 AM on Saturday morning. Searchers are continuing a search to find the missing parts of the aircraft throughout the area.

The name of the pilot has not been released pending notification of next of kin.