Neighbors react to arrest of former Sunray police chief, wife
Each facing $1 million bond
SUNRAY, TX (KFDA) - A former Sunray police chief and his wife are in jail charged with injury to a child, each facing a $1 million bond.
According to Cindy Barkley, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers arrested Timothy Dean in Sunray just after midnight and he was booked into the Moore County Jail.
He resigned as police chief in May shortly after being arrested for another charge of injury to a child. According to DPS officials, this charge stems from the May incident.
His wife, Charlene Childers, is in jail in Wayne County, New York for the same charge.
The DPS Swat and the Randall County Tactical Team helped with the arrest, making tactical entry into Dean’s home.
“We heard flash, bang, grenades going off or something,” said Dean’s neighbor Damian Mendoza. “First of all, we thought something in the house exploded or something.”
Mendoza took cell phone footage of the incident, where you can see a suspect believed to be Timothy Dean exit the house and put his hands up.
“At that time they started calling out that he was surrounded and that he needed to come out,” said Mendoza.
All that’s left to show of the arrest today is a busted front door and torn down back yard fence.
Residents said the arrest could be heard across town, but it was especially frightening for dean’s next door neighbors, the Solanos.
“[My son] came over and said, ‘Dad I’m scared, there’s a man by my window’,” said neighbor Juan Solano. “We look out and there were police and there was even a drone flying. We just grabbed the kids and moved to the other side of the house.”
Solano said Dean had not lived in the house very long, and he was concerned about him since the moment he moved in.
“For instance, when I’d see him at the alley or dumping garbage, he was always carrying his gun,” said Solano. "I was like, ‘just to take your garbage?’ He was very different. "
This is a developing story, we will continue to follow it and bring you the latest information as it’s made available.
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