Early Morning Extrication – 5/9/2020

Single-vehicle overnight crash sends one to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Shortly before 5:00 am on Saturday, May 9, 2020, we responded to the 5200 block of Holiday Ln regarding a single-vehicle crash. A black four-door sedan, crashed into the bridge railing, leaving the adult male driver trapped inside. North Richland Hills FD arrived on the scene and extricated the driver from the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Holiday Lane was closed in both directions for a little over an hour. It is unclear at this time what caused the crash, and it is currently under investigation.
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Arrest Made in Willowcrest Murder

17-year-old Roel Jose Cano Jr. arrested for the April 24 shooting death of 66-year-old Peggy Franklin on Willowcrest Dr.

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An arrest has been made in the murder of 66-year-old Peggy Franklin related to the early morning break-in on April 24 on Willowcrest Dr.

17-year-old Roel Jose Cano Jr. was arrested and charged with Capital Murder, as well as Burglary of a Habitation With Intent to Commit a Felony and booked into the North Richland Hills Jail.  His bond was set at $1,753,000 for his charges.

The department offers our most sincere condolences and prayers to the Franklin family after such a tragic loss.

PR | 20-06

*Updated bond amount 5/1/20 1054

Shooting Willowcrest Dr.

Early morning shooting leaves one deceased and one hospitalized after a reported burglary in progress in the 3300 block of Willowcrest Dr.
Shortly before 2:00 am on April 24, 2020, North Richland Hills communications received a call that an apartment in the 3300 block of Willowcrest Dr. was being broken in to. Officers arrived on the scene to find an adult female deceased with apparent gunshot wounds, a second adult female who had also been shot and two juveniles who were uninjured. Assist units from Haltom City and Richland Hills responded to help secure the scene and attempt to locate a suspect.
Currently, a suspect has not been located, and detectives are on scene investigating. The injured adult female was transported by ambulance to an area hospital to receive treatment for her gunshot wounds. Her condition is unknown at this time. This investigation is still very active, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Shooting – 6900 NE Loop 820

NRH Police respond to shooting in the 6900 block of NE Loop 820 – one adult male transported, one adult male arrested.

Shortly before 9:30 am on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, officers were dispatched to the 6900 block of NE Loop 820, reference a disturbance between two adult males. While en route, dispatch received reports of gunshots heard in the area of the call. When officers arrived on the scene, they located and detained an adult male suspect. Additional officers began providing first aid to the victim, who was located nearby. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim by ground ambulance to the hospital in critical condition.

Criminal Investigations is currently on the scene investigating, and an adult male has been arrested. Booking information will be released after arraignment.


UPDATE 3/25/2020 – 1:00 PM – Further investigation into the disturbance revealed the suspect’s actions may have been taken as an act of self-defense and defense of a third person. The male suspect has been released from our custody, pending further investigation. Therefore, we will not release his name at this time, pending the continuation of our investigation.


NRHPD Asking for help ID’ing man

NRHPD asking for the public’s help searching for a man for assault of a teen near Susan Lee and the North Electric Trail.

On February 10th, 2020 just after 3:00 pm, a white male in his 20’s was seen in the area of the North Electric Trail and Susan Lee Ln. He reportedly spoke to a juvenile female, asking for a hug. When she declined, he moved closer and grabbed her buttocks before running away.

The male is reported to have been seen in the area before. On the day of the incident, he was walking west on the North Electric Trail towards Susan Lee Ln from the Davis Boulevard area. The incident occurred on Susan Lee near Jean Ann, and the male was last seen running west on the North Electric Trail from Susan Lee Ln.

The man is described as a white male in his twenties with sandy colored hair that is longer on top. He has scruffy facial hair and is described as having a “lazy eye” affecting his left eye. He was wearing a green jacket and black skinny jeans or joggers.

We are aware of a reported incident in Haltom City in November 2019, but currently have no evidence to support a connection between the cases. The detectives have been investigating several leads and collecting evidence. They are now asking for the public’s help. The attached video is a person of interest we are looking to ID or speak to regarding the incident.

If you recognize the man in the video, or have any information/tips, we ask that you contact Criminal Investigations – 817-427-7030.

Shoplifting/Vehicle Pursuit N. Beach St./Western Center Blvd – PR 20-1

On Sunday, January 5, 2020 officers were dispatched to Kohls located at 6091 Precinct Line Road involving a person shoplifting.

At approximately 7:53 PM, the suspect fled the store and led officers on a vehicle pursuit which traveled west bound on Mid-Cities Rd. During the pursuit, Officers successfully spiked the suspect vehicle’s tires, however the driver continued westbound and was eventually stopped by traffic at the corner of N. Beach St./ Western Center Blvd. The suspect continued to push through traffic causing damage to two other vehicles.

The suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended after a short foot chase. While taking the suspect into custody an officer sustained a shoulder injury and was taken to a local hospital for medical attention.

The suspect is currently in the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Facility being held on Evading Arrest W/Vehicle, Theft of Property, and other possible pending charges.

*Update* 01/06/2020

The suspect is identified as Cody Allen and is awaiting to be magistrated on the following charges: Evading Arrest W/ Vehicle, Theft Property less than $2500 W/2 Previous Convictions, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, a Parole Violation warrant, and a warrant out of Weatherford Police Department for Harassment.

The Officer injured in the incident received medical attention for his shoulder and was released from the hospital a few hours later. The Officer was sent home afterwards to rest and is doing well.

Wrong-Way Crash 820/Holiday Ln – PR 19-21

Wrong-way driver strikes three vehicles leaving one driver in critical condition. 

A wrong-way driver left three vehicles damaged and closed 820 eastbound for several hours. The crash occurred about 5:15 am Thursday, November 28, 2019, at eastbound 820 near Holiday Ln. A black Chevy Tahoe drove into oncoming eastbound 820 traffic, striking two dark-colored SUV’s and a light-colored sedan. (updated 2046-CK)

The driver of the Chevy Tahoe was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The driver of the light-colored sedan was transported to the hospital in critical condition, and a dog that was in the vehicle died as a result of the crash. A third driver was also transported in stable condition, and the fourth involved vehicle did not receive any major injuries.

Accident Investigators, Crime Scene, and the Drone responded to assist with investigation of the crash scene. (updated 2046-CK) North Tarrant Express and Haltom City helped with the freeway closure, which began at Denton Hwy.

UPDATE 8:46pm 11/28/19 –

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect driver did not enter at Boulevard 26, as initially reported. It is unclear at this time where the suspect driver entered the freeway going the wrong direction.

The suspect, 29 year old Noemi Martinez, is currently in the North Richland Hills jail with charges and bond pending.
The victim, a 17 year old male, is currently still in critical condition at an area hospital. His name will not be released at this time.

UPDATE 7:50 pm 11/29/19 –

Noemi Martinez has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter (second degree felony), however a bond has not been set at this time.
Please see the booking photos below.

The victim, 17 year old Benjamin Castaneda, has passed away.

Carissa Katekaru ||  Media Relations Coordinator  ||  pio@nrhtx.com  ||  817-542-1166


NRH Motor Officer involved in crash

North Richland Hills motorcycle officer involved in crash – received minor injuries – driver that hit officer cited.

North Richland Hills motorcycle Officer R. McCrory, a 25 year veteran with nearly 20 years as a motor officer, is recovering after being struck in the 7700 block of Mary Dr. Just shortly after noon on November 19th, 2019, Officer McCrory was turning in to the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 7700 block of Mary Dr. when he was struck in the left rear side of his motorcycle by a four-door sedan. The sedan driver was cited for failing to yield right of way – leaving private drive. At this time, the sedan driver is not expected to face any additional charges. 

Officer McCrory was released from the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.

This particular incident is a good reminder to be alert and cautious when driving and to watch for motorcycles, as well as bicycles.


Carissa Katekaru ||  Media Relations Coordinator || pio@nrhtx.com  ||  817-542-1166


Wrong-Way Driver – Major Crash – Davis/Harwood PR19-21

North Richland Hills Police and Fire responded to a head-on, rollover collision just shortly after 9pm on Davis Blvd. near Harwood Rd.

A white minivan was traveling north on Davis at Harwood when a black sedan traveling southbound veered into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason. The impact caused the minivan to rollover. Two people were extricated from the minivan and transported to the hospital with non-critical injuries. The driver of the sedan was also extricated and transported to the hospital in critical condition by ground ambulance.

The roadway was closed for approximately two hours for cleanup and accident investigation. The investigation is ongoing and it is unknown whether charges will be filed at this time.

PR 19-21

Carissa Katekaru || Media Relations Coordinator || pio@nrhtx.com || 817-542-1166



Burglaries – Five Star Ford – PR 19-19

NRH Police investigating several vehicle burglaries at Five Star Ford North Richland Hills – sixteen known victims at this time.
North Richland Hills Police are investigating multiple vehicle burglaries that took place on Sunday, November 10, 2019, between the hours of 10:00 pm-midnight at Five Star Ford – 6618 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, 76180. The burglaries were reported to dispatch on Tuesday, November 12 by Five Star Ford.
Five Star Ford provided victim information to detectives, who began contacting each victim and working to confirm what items may be missing from their vehicles. The suspect is described as a white male, slender build, dressed in dark clothing and carrying a black backpack. The suspect vehicle is described as a black Cadillac Escalade.
If you have any details regarding this incident or recognize the suspect, contact Detective Mayfield – kmayfield@nrhtx.com or 817-427-7227.