Stolen Firearm and arrest of Felon in Possession during domestic battery investigation

Officers responded to a report of a domestic battery incident in the 4200 Blk SW 34th St on Dec 13th. During the course of the investigation for the domestic battery the officers were told of a firearm in a nearby room. Locating the firearm officers discovered the weapon was listed as stolen from a local pawn shop.
At the conclusion of the battery investigation, Billy Anthony Trotter-Davis, 22, was transported to the Department of Correction on charges of Aggravated Domestic Battery, possession of stolen property, and Felon in possession of a firearm.

Victim Identified in homicide 1200 blk SE Long

Homicide in the 1200 Blk of SE Long



On Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 12:51 am Topeka Police Officers were dispatched to the 1200 blk of SE Long in reference a shooting that had just occurred. Upon Officers arrival they located an adult male subject that was suffering from a gunshot wound. Unfortunately, the victim did succumb to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by AMR and the Topeka Fire Department.

Patrol Officers, Canine, Detectives and Crime Scene investigators are currently investigating this incident, there more information to follow.

UPDATE** The victim has been identified as Faustino Vasquez, 46 **


This investigation is ongoing, if you have any information relating to this crime; please call the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at


Chief Cochran acts on Community input

Chief Cochran acts on Community input
TOPEKA, Kan.- Since being named Interim Chief of Police for the Topeka Police Department Chief Cochran has begun making his vision of police-community relations through grass-root efforts a reality. Immediately, Chief Cochran began by meeting with differing community groups in an environment for dialogue about each group’s concerns and how the TPD can play a part in the solution.
One common concern has been the perception of transparency and accessibility for the TPDs policies. After considering the concern, Chief Cochran has authorized the TPD policies to be accessible through the City of Topeka website on the TPD web page.
This new feature can be found here:
This is only the first step for Chief Cochran in improving the TPD and community relationship that is so vital to the success of any city.
You can stay connected to the TPD through our social media outlets- FACEBOOK, TWITTER, NEXTDOOR, INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE and make sure to subscribe to the TPD BLOG (

Contact: LT Colleen Stuart

Robbery to local business in early morning hours

Robbery to local Restaurant in early morning hours
TOPEKA, Kan.- At 3:40 in the morning, a local restaurant at 17th and Wanamaker reported a person armed with a knife had come into the business and demanded money.
The business employees reported a black male approximately 6 ft tall wearing a black mask, black sweatshirt and black jeans showed a knife and demanded money. The individual locked all the employees into a room and then left unknown direction or method of travel with an unknown amount of currency.
On arrival, Topeka Police K-9s began tracking from the business in a southeasterly direction. Officers recovered property from the business several blocks to the east.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact Topeka Police Detectives at 368-9400 or CrimeStoppers at 234-0007.

FOP Foundation Fundraiser- NO Shave November

FOP Foundation Fundraiser- No Shave November
The month of November brings a yearly fundraiser for the TPD.
Chief Kramer and members of the Topeka Police Department are participating in a fundraiser for the FOP Foundation- “No Shave November”. Our officers may have a little more hair on their face or color on their hair/nails but it is all for great causes.
Employees elect to participate by donating $50. During the dates of
November 1st- November 30th, male officers may grow facial hair or a beard and female officers may color their hair or their nails in colors outside the normal policy parameters.
All donations will go toward the FOP Foundation.
The foundation supports local charities such as:
COPS n KIDS (Formally Shop with a Cop) – around Christmas time
FOPA (Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary) – Run to Remember
Ronald McDonald House- Pull a Plane Challenge
Contact: LT Colleen Stuart

Pedestrian struck by train identified

Victim Struck by Train Identified
TOPEKA, Kan.- On October 17th at approximately 0600 in the morning the Topeka Police Department responded to a passenger train striking a pedestrian on the railroad tracks in the area of 37th and Kansas. A victim was located and determined to have been fatally struck. Identification has been the priority for next of kin notification.
The victim has been identified as Sharon Carter, 32, of Topeka.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be conducting an investigation.

Contact: LT Colleen Stuart

Report of Aggravated Robbery leads to arrest on warrants

Reported Aggravated Robbery leads to arrest on warrant

TOPEKA, Kan.- At 0934 the Topeka Police Department received a report from a victim who stated their vehicle had been taken by two known male subjects armed with a weapon in the area of Rochester Cemetery,1200 Blk NW Menninger. The victim reported the suspects left east from that location in the stolen vehicle and another vehicle they arrived in.

The Kansas Highway Patrol identified a vehicle of similar description to the stolen vehicle minutes after the reported incident in the area of NE Chester and NE Sardou. The driver refused to stop for the Highway Patrol but eventually stopped when the driver struck a median in the area of NE Chester and NE Seward. The female driver and sole occupant was arrested for two felony warrants.

The victim of the reported aggravated robbery refused to cooperate with the investigation and refused a report once the vehicle was recovered.

TPD makes arrest in recent business burglaries


For Immediate Release

August 1, 2017

TPD makes arrest in recent Business burglaries

TOPEKA, Kan.-  An arrest, with others possibly pending, has been made in connection with two recent business burglaries. The two businesses, one in the 2800 Blk SW Wanamaker and the second in the 2600 Blk NE Sardou were reported July 29th and through investigation found to involve the same suspects.

Robert Reeves III, 31, of Dallas Tx was transported to Shawnee County DOC on two charges each of Burglary, theft, and criminal damage. A vehicle involved was located and seized. Search warrants were conducted on the vehicle and area hotel rooms, recovering evidence to identify others involved who are also from out of the area.




Contact:   LT Colleen Stuart  368-9002

All persons charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.