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Crime in Colleyville
by Linda Baker
 Updated 06/09/13 04:57:25 PM   

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March 02, 2008, Colleyville, Texas
Mark D. Stokes, 54, of 5317 Rustic Trail in the Rustic Oaks subdivision was issued a citation for Dog At Large by Officer Gwen Parker at 5:55 PM on February 9, 2008.  This was not the first loose dog violation received by the Stokes household.  The family has a history of boarding "strays", including a Child Predator.  Court Date on the citation is March 13, 2008 at 2:00 PM in Colleyville's Municipal Court. 
As previously reported in Local News Only only on September 4, 2005:
This Colleyville family would do everyone a favor if they stopped taking in strays, man and beast alike,..the results is one in  jail,  a severely injured pet and the death to others because of their lack of responsibility to their neighbors and animals alike.

Judge James R. Ames presided over another Dangerous Dog trial in Colleyville's Municipal Court on Wednesday, August 31, 2005. 

Mark and  Melinda Stokes were accused of allowing two adopted canines to run loose  and terrorize the Rustic Oaks neighborhood, culminating in  an unprovoked attack on another neighbor's dog.
Thirteen year old Kelsey Peta testified she had been walking her Beagle, appropriately named Snoopy, on the street of her tree-lined neighborhood on the hot afternoon of August 24, 2005.  She noticed as she walked past the side of the home at 5317 Rustic Trail, the  neighbor's two adolescent children playing on a dirt mound with another  little girl in the yard. Suddenly two loose dogs raised  their heads up from behind the mound.
The dogs, a female Pit Bull and female Shepherd-Chow mix, bolted towards the
7th grader but zeroed in their attack exclusively on Snoopy.  Kelsey dropped the leash, but there wasn't time for the  little Beagle to escape, even if it had occurred to him to abandon his  owner.  The Pit Bull bit his front legs while the Shepherd bit  him on the back above his tail, while Snoopy tried to defend himself.
Kelsey said the neighbor children tried to no avail to call the dogs, named Sasha and Sweetie, back to the yard.  The neighbor's older son, Nathan  and the daughter, Hannah, then physically intervened to try  to separate the dogs during the fight.  According to the childrens'  mother, Malinda Stokes, they had been bitten by Snoopy.
City Prosecutor Michael Kallas asked Kelsey if Snoopy had ever bitten anyone-or these children-before this incident.  The answer was no. Deborah Peta, Kelsey's mother, testified that on August 14, 2005, she herself had taken her visiting sister's Shitzu for a walk on Rustic Trail when the black Shepherd came running at great speed towards her, barking  and snarling. Mrs. Peta scooped up the small dog in her arms and an older  child of the Stokes family called the Shepherd, "Sweetie", back  home. 

Kallas asked Mrs. Peta if the dog had been in an aggressive  stance, and she answered, "Yes, and I was walking away from the Stokes  house."
Julie Hughes, who lives next door to the Stokes, filed  a citizen's Complaint against Mark and Melinda Stokes for an  incident with the two dogs she incurred on August 5, 2005, as reported in Local  News Only: 

" 8/05/05  Report of 2 dogs running at large at 5313  Rustic Trail, in the Rustic Oaks subdivision.  The female victim, 51, told  Officer Greg Prewitt that while she was walking past the residence where the  dogs live, both dogs bolted into the street, straight toward her in a very aggressive manner."

That complaint was combined with this  Dangerous Dog Hearing.  Mrs. Hughes
testified that the  Stokes consistently let the dogs, which they had only acquired last  February, run loose unsupervised and the dogs were becoming more and more  aggressive and territorial of the entire neighborhood.  
On August 5, about 6:30 PM, she was walking to her home by  walking on the
opposite side of the street, towards the David Lee  residence on Elm. The Stokes children, Hannah, Daniel, and Jonah  Stokes were playing in their front yard with the dogs, when Sasha, the Pit Bull,  and Sweetie, the Shepherd, charged her, barking and snarling.  "I said  a prayer, 'God help me', and in a commanding voice I confronted the dogs,  pointing away and telling them to 'Go home', while I tried to step behind a  brick mailbox.  One of the dogs did go home, but the other, the  Shepherd, did not.  The children in the Stokes driveway did not budge to  come help me.  There were no adults to come to my aid.  It was a  terrifying feeling.  I took four steps back, and told the children I was going  to call the Police." 
After a few seconds, the Shepherd went home, and Julie Hughes made it back
into her house and called the Police non-emergency number.  Officer Brian
Thorne was dispatched, but the dogs had already been put up.   Hughes thought it
over and concluded she would file the Complaint, "We'll  go through the system
and let the Court decide."
Melinda Stokes asked Ms. Hughes, "Did you ever attempt to talk to us?"
Hughes answered, "No.  We tried to talk to you about other matters before, like the Sex Offender in your home-if you had kept the dogs on a leash  or in a fenced area you would not be here today."
Animal Control Officer Michelle Benton told the court that the Stokes had adopted the dogs, who are 1 year olds, from the Keller Animal Shelter in February, 2005, and there had been about 8 complaints about the dogs being  loose in that time.  She said that the incidents happened most frequently  on the weekends or after 4:30 PM when her office is closed.  It was her belief that without a fence to contain the dogs, they gradually came to believe that the entire neighborhood was their "territory" to protect, as they had no defining perimeters. 
ACO Benton testified that the Stokes had put up a fence only two days before; after she had seized Sasha and Sweetie on the 25th of August and taken them to the Bedford Animal Facility.  Benton had inspected  the fence the morning of the Hearing, and felt like it would safely contain the  dogs.
Officer Benton stated that she had contacted the veterinarian who treated Snoopy after the attack.  She showed Judge Ames and Melinda Stokes the  pictures and explained details about the swelling in one front leg and the drainage tube in one of the bites in his rear end.  The 4 year old  Beagle is in good spirits and expected to fully recover, she concluded.
Judge Ames made his ruling, declaring the two canines were proved vicious. 
"We have ample evidence these dogs attacked another dog and have approached
other people in a manner that probably constitutes an attack.  I have a duty under our Laws to protect citizens."
"I will not ban the dogs from the City or order them euthanized. They  must be contained in a fenced area.  If they are outside for any reason, they must not only be leashed, but muzzled, and enclosed at all times otherwise.  If the dogs get out by themselves, you have breached the order  and I reserve the right to have them removed from the City.  Anywhere they  go, you or their caretaker is required to notify the Animal  Control Authorities and have Liability Insurance, which is very  high." 
"I do this to protect you too." 
"You are ordered to pay the impound fees of $120 if the dogs are picked up from the shelter today, and pay the Veterinarian bill of $373.  I will give you time to reimburse those; you must pay the Vet bill to the Peta's by January 13, 2006, and the Impound fee to the City of Colleyville by November 25, 2005."
Local News Only learned that due to the costs involved with Liability Insurance, which is set by the State of Texas to be at least $100,000 per dog, the Stokes elected to have the Bedford Animal Facility euthanize Sasha and Sweetie on Wednesday.

May 2, 2005, LNO posted an article concerning a meeting in the Rustic Oaks neighborhood because the same family and taken in a human "stray" that also happened to be a sex offender.

April 12, 2005,
LNO posted an article concerning the sex offender that fled from Colleyville Police in a high speed car chase; the offender, Doug Bachstein was living with the same Stokes family.

Below is the current Texas State Predator List with Doug Bachstein's photo from August, 2007.  His residence is STILL listed as 5317 Rustic Oaks in Colleyville:



SID Risk Level Sex Race Height
05016545 LOW Male White 510
Type Weight Shoe Size Eye Color Hair Color
Photo from 08/15/2007
Birthdates 08/11/1970
Type Date Agency
Registration 04/09/2007 tx236065c TX DEPT CORRECTION
Verification 01/08/2008 tx2204000 COLLEYVILLE PD
5317 Rustic Trail 
Colleyville TX 76034

( Map This Address )
Offense: 36010001 Indecency w/child Sexual Contact
General Offense Counts Victim Sex Victim Age Disposition Time Status
  1 Female 8 02/28/2001 6Y DISCHARGED

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