Two arrested for allegedly harboring Studio E shooting suspect

Two arrested for allegedly harboring Studio E shooting suspect
A tip to WFPD following a deadly shooting led officers to two women accused of harboring the alleged murder suspect. (File - Raycom Media)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) - Two women were booked into the Wichita Co. Jail over the weekend and charged with one count of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution.

According to the arrest warrant, on August 26, 2018, the Wichita Falls Police Department began investigating after a shooting at Studio E left one person dead and three others injured.

During the course of the investigation, a warrant for Murder and two warrants for Aggravated Assault were issued for Trayvon Strawn, 24.

Those warrants were issued on August 28, 2018, and two attempts to catch Strawn on that date were unsuccessful. Detectives had personal information that Strawn was aware he was wanted by WFPD.

As the investigation continued, two separate tips indicated Strawn was using a cell phone to communicate and the phone number was included in the tip. WFPD traced the phone number to Desiree Delgado, 21.

Further investigation of Delgado led officers to a second person, Mindy Velasquez, 27. Detectives were made aware that Delgado had been staying with Velasquez for several weeks, according to the arrest warrant.

On August 31, 2018, detectives learned Delgado was in possession of Velazquez’s vehicle during the day while Velasquez was at work.

WFPD officers began surveillance on a residence in the 1300 block of Smith Street and watched the vehicle leave and go to another address. Officers were not able to make contact with the people inside at that time.

A short time later, officers were able to stop the vehicle and identify the driver as Delgado and she was the only person in the vehicle. Delgado was taken to the WFPD for a “non custodial statement,” according to the arrest warrant.

During the interview, Delgado admitted she and Velasquez had been harboring, concealing and assisting Strawn at the residence on Smith Street from August 28 to August 31, 2018, knowing he was wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault.

Delgado said she had been allowing Strawn to use her cell phone during that time for communication and said he had been in the vehicle when officers saw it leaving the residence on Smith Street.

Delgado said she took Strawn to another location and left him with another person. Delgado also said Velasquez had assisted in harboring, concealing and assisting Strawn at the residence on Smith Street.

Velasquez also gave WFPD detectives a “non custodial statement” and admitted to harboring, concealing and assisting Strawn at a residence on Smith Street from August 28 to August 31, 2018, knowing he was wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault.

Warrants for their arrests were issued on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Both Delgado and Velasquez were booked into the Wichita County Jail on Saturday and have since bonded out.

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