DALLAS, Texas — A Dallas Police Department police officer was arrested today and charged with two counts of capital murder — accused of paying to have two people killed in separate incidents in 2017.
Dallas Police Department Officer Bryan Riser was taken into custody this morning, March 4, 2021, and booked into the Dallas County Jail on two counts of capital murder. Riser had been with the department since August 2008 and was most recently assigned to the South-Central Patrol Division.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Riser had made contact with an old acquaintance in 2013, identified in the affidavit as a "witness." Riser had devised a plan with the witness in that he would provide information and intelligence to the witness on "spots," or drug houses, and the witness and his crew would rob the drug houses — keeping any drugs for themselves and turning over any cash and weapons to Riser.
"The witness stated the plan did not materialize because Suspect Riser came to him with another job which consisted in the kidnapping and killing of an individual," states the affidavit.
Riser, according to the affidavit, provided descriptive information on the victim, drove the witness to the victim's location, and agreed to pay the witness $3,500. The witness accepted the offer.
Several days after meeting with Riser to discuss the murder-for-hire, the witness told police he located the victim, identified as then-61-year-old Albert Douglas, handcuffed him, placed him in an associate's vehicle, and drove him to the 200 block of Santa Fe Avenue. There, the affidavit states, Douglas was shot and dumped into the Trinity River.
Several days later, Riser went to the associate's residence and paid the $3,500. The meet was corroborated and revealed in text messages between Riser and the witness.
About two weeks later, sometime during February 2017, Riser again approached the witness and agreed to pay the witness and his associates $6,000 to kidnap and murder 31-year-old Liza Saenz, who he had identified as "an informant."
Saenz, according to the affidavit, was taken in the same method of operation and taken to the same area where she was shot, killed, and dumped into the Trinity River. The $6,000 payment was never made, though, because the witness and his associates were arrested on separate capital murders charges.
On October 9, 2019, Dallas Police Department Detective Montenegro received the preliminary cell site location analysis performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"The analysis revealed that the suspect's cell phone placed him in or about the area during the time frame of Complainant Douglas' and Complainant Saenz' disappearance and killing," states the affidavit.
"FBI analysis place the suspect's cell phone and squad car at the locations where the witness stated they met and planned the kidnapping of both complainants," continues the affidavit. "Due to the sensitive and extensive nature of this case, the entire facts and evidence have not been included in this affidavit."
The Dallas Police Department says, that although Riser is in custody, he will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.
Riser, according to Dallas County Jail records, is being held on bonds totaling $5 million.