Violent crime, which includes murder and rape, up nearly 10% in Abilene


    Violent crime was up nearly 10-percent in Abilene last year.

    The Abilene Police Department released 2018 crime stats on Tuesday.

    Violent crime -- which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- was up 9-point-9 percent.

    Murders doubled from four to eight. But the average is seven to nine.

    All of them been solved except for the Jeannie Quinn case. Police have identified Rick Don Henderson as a person of interest.

    Rapes (142) were up 51-percent. Chief Stan Standridge said the significant increase could be because women feel more confident to come forward since the start of the national "Me Too" movement.

    Robberies (104) on the other hand were down 24-percent.

    Aggravated assaults (388) were up 11.5-percent.

    Overall, violent was up for the second straight year.

    However, property crime (3,553) was down 4.5-percent in large part due to a drop in the number of burglaries (2,589).

    So overall, crime was down 2.6-percent.

    Standridge said Abilene historically falls in the middle of the pack when compared to our 10 sister cities (Carrollton, Denton, Grand Prairie, Killeen/Waco, Midland/Odessa, San Angelo, Wichita Falls. That trend continued in 2018.

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