Author: NRHPD Media

This is the official blog site for the North Richland Hills Police Department (TX). If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency concern, please contact police dispatch 24/7 817-281-1000.

Assist with Deputy – OIS – PR 19-09

Assist with Tarrant County Precinct 3 Deputy leads to arrest in Hurst.

At about 3:30 pm on April 24, 2019, a Tarrant County Precinct 3 deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic related offenses and a short chase ensued. During the pursuit the suspect vehicle attempted to ram the deputy twice.

North Richland Hills officers observed the suspect vehicle fleeing and then crash in to the AT&T store, 464 Grapevine Hwy, Hurst, where they stopped to assist. The suspect vehicle appeared to be disabled and officers attempted to apprehend the suspect. During the attempt to apprehend the suspect, a North Richland Hills officer fired their service weapon. The suspect then fled the area again.

The white female suspect and blue Hyundai sedan were located at Wells Fargo, 6300 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, where she appeared to be skimming credit card information off the drive up ATM.

The female suspect was taken in to custody without incident and transported to the Hurst jail. There were no reported injuries to the suspect, officers or patrons.

Hurst Police Department is investigating the incident under case number 2019001895.

Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || 682-325-1832 || pio@nrhtx.com

 

Hit & Run Damages Six vehicles – suspect driver flees – PR 19-08

Hit and Run crash damages six vehicles, suspect flees scene on foot. 

North Richland Hills Police Department is investigating a hit and run crash that came in just before 8:30 am on Tuesday, March 26 2019. The suspect vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV, struck approximately six vehicles along NE Loop 820 near Rufe Snow Dr. There were no major injuries in any of the crashes. 

The suspect is described as a female, who fled on foot in the area of southbound Loop 820 access and Glenview Dr. The abandoned suspect vehicle was found there as well. 

Anyone with details is urged to contact the North Richland Hills Police Department 817-281-1000 refer to case number 19N14524.

Carissa Katekaru-Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || 682-325-1832 || pio@nrhtx.com

Homicide Investigation – PR 19-07

North Richland Hills Police investigating homicide of 40 year old female – arrest made.

The North Richland Hills Police Department was called to a home in the 7700 Amy Ln. just before 1:00 am on Monday March 11, 2019 regarding an undetermined death. During the investigation, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner relayed findings that indicated this was not a natural death.

Victor L. Baxter was arrested on Monday 3/11/19 on unrelated charges, but after further investigation, he was charged with murder. He is currently in custody at the Tarrant County Jail with a $350,000 bond set.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time, therefore no other details are available. The case will be filed with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office in the next week.

 

Carissa Katekaru- Media Relations Coordinator/PIO ||  pio @nrhtx.com ||  682-325-1832

Koba returns to duty – PR 19-06

North Richland Hills Police K-9, Koba, returns to full duty.

After being shot while attempting to apprehend an armed suspect, K-9 Koba recently returned to full duty. Koba enthusiastically warmed up before hitting the streets on his first day back. His handler relayed that “He did very well and picked up just where he left off.”

Even after facing multiple surgeries, Koba dealt with his recovery and rehab with resilience. The only hurdle in recovery was his excitability. Koba is a very work focused K-9 and was eager to play and get back to work. His handler stayed by his side through the entire process, highlighting the bond between K-9 and handler.

We are thankful for the constant stream of support, calls, cards and well wishes while Koba recovered. Each one was hand delivered to the K-9 team, and brought joy and comfort to them during the difficult days.

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Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO  ||  pio@nrhtx.com  ||  682-325-1832

Initial Press Release: https://nrhpdmedia.com/2019/01/15/officer-involved-shooting/

Police Sergeant to walk 148 miles to honor fallen – PR 19-05

North Richland Hills Sergeant set to walk 148 miles to Texas State Capitol in honor of those killed in the line of duty in 2018.

Police Sergeant, Brent Wright, is training for an endeavor like none other – a “Walk of Reflection.” Beginning April 28, 2019 he will walk for several days on a journey to the Peace Officers’ Memorial at the Texas Capitol. The 148 mile trek will take him south from the metroplex, along the I-35 corridor where he is scheduled to reach his destination on Sunday, May 5th.

With the senseless killings of many officers across our nation, Sergeant Wright felt a calling to find a way to honor those officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice through their service in 2018. This led him to start a charity, Walk of Reflection. Sergeant Wright is not only walking to remember those lost, but to raise money for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and Alliance for Children, Tarrant County.

With the support of the North Richland Hills Police Department, Texas DPS and many others along the way, he is eager to share his journey. His updates will be posted via his Facebook page (A Walk of Reflection), and via our department social media.

Donations to the cause are being accepted via his website-www.walkofreflection.com

Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || pio@nrhtx.com || 682-325-1832

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Auto/Ped Crash – Rufe Snow/Meadow Crest

Auto pedestrian accident closes north bound Rufe Snow Dr. at Meadow Crest Dr. for one hour – two adults transported one in critical condition.

 On February 11, 2019 just after 7:15 pm, North Richland Hills police and fire were dispatched to the 5200 block of Rufe Snow Dr. at Meadow Crest Dr. reference an auto pedestrian crash. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male and female victim who had been struck. The initial investigation reveals the male and female were attempting to cross Rufe Snow Dr. near Meadow Crest Dr. when they were struck by north bound traffic.

All involved parties in the crash did stop to speak with officers. The male was transported by ground ambulance and was reported stable by North Richland Hills fire personnel. The female was also transported by ground ambulance and was reported as critical by North Richland Hills fire personnel.

North bound Rufe Snow near Meadow Crest was closed for approximately one hour to conduct the investigation. Lanes reopened just shortly after 8:30 pm.

 

Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || pio@nrhtx.com || 682-325-1832

 

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Officer Involved Shooting

Officer involved shooting – NRH Police K9 struck.

On January 14, 2019 at approximately 7:15 pm North Richland Hills Officers were dispatched to assist Watauga Police Department regarding a suicidal adult male subject armed with a handgun. The call originated in Watauga from a family member. During the investigation a pursuit with the subject ensued, ending in North Richland Hills off Caracas Dr and Trinidad Dr. The subject failed to comply with officers commands and exited the vehicle. Just shortly before 9:00 pm, the subject confronted officers with his weapon, at which point multiple officers fired their weapons, striking the subject. During the incident a North Richland Hills Police K9 was struck.

The male subject was transported to JPS hospital by ground ambulance where he is receiving treatment, but his current condition is unknown. The Police K9 was also transported and is currently receiving treatment. The identity of the K9 will be released once an update is received from the K9 handler.

We ask that you keep the injured K9 and all involved in your thoughts and prayers.

*Update 1/15/19 – 1:00 am – The male subject is out of surgery at this time and considered stable. NRHPD K9 Koba is currently in surgery – his handler & Chief Perdue are with him. An update will be provided when it becomes available.

7:45 am update – K9 Koba did well throughout the surgery and is now recovering from his injuries. We thank you all for your continued support for K9 Koba and the department.

01/15/19, 1:51 pm update – We can confirm officers attempted to use less lethal options, which were unsuccessful. After officers deployed less lethal options, the suspect fired at officers, at which point officers returned fire striking the suspect. The investigation is still in its early stages and we are currently trying to piece together what transpired during the exchange of gunfire.

K9 Koba is a four year old and is part Dutch Shephard and part Belgian Malinois. Koba and his handler have been together for two and a half years. Koba is a dual purpose K9, trained in both patrol functions as well as narcotics detection. Koba was wearing a vest when he was injured during this incident which we believe saved his life.

Suspect information: Jamie Ramirez, 47 year old, white male. No mugshot on file.

Our community is wondering how they can help and where to send cards for our handler and Koba. Please send cards to ATTN: K9 Officer Koba, 4301 City Point Dr., N. Richland Hills, TX 76180

01/16/19, 4:44pm update: Your thoughts and prayers for Koba, our officers, and our department are greatly appreciated. We have the best community and have received support from as far as Australia!

Koba is still receiving care for his injuries. Please continue your thoughts and prayers as he recovers.

We can confirm Koba was hit with at least two rounds of gunfire, with one most likely being a ricochet. As the investigation continues planned ballistic testing will hopefully help us determine from where exactly those rounds were fired.

Media Relations Coordinator – Carissa Katekaru

682-325-1832

pio@nrhtx.com

Robbery – Shell Station 5200 Rufe Snow

Criminal Investigations is seeking assistance in ID’ing or obtaining information related to a robbery on October 30, 2018 at the Shell Station – 5200 Rufe Snow Dr.

On Tuesday October 30, 2018 shortly after 8:15 pm officers were dispatched to the Shell Station at 5200 Rufe Snow Dr. regarding an armed robbery. Criminal Investigations is seeking the public’s assistance in ID’ing or obtaining any information you may have regarding this robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’7″ – 5’10,” average build, wearing a red bandana, black mask, grey jacket (turned inside out), blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He brandished a handgun in the robbery and apparently left the area on foot. It is possible that the suspect had accomplices in the robbery.

If you have any information on this incident, we ask that you contact Detective Goen – bgoen@nrhtx.com or 817-427-7030.

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Beard It Up Campaign – PR 18-13

North Richland Hills Police Department set to participate in Beard It Up/Color For The Cure Campaign – raising money in support of bringing awareness and funding for childhood cancer research.

Beginning November 1, 2018, community members may see some changes on our staff members. Chief Perdue has approved and invited both sworn and non-sworn members of the department in a ‘pay-to-play’ fundraising opportunity. Policy amendments for the month of November only will allow male staff the opportunity to grow facial hair and female staff the chance to wear nail polish. Participation is voluntary, but initial feedback shows the campaign has already raised $620.

Donations to participate will range from $30 to $50 per person, and will go directly to the departments chosen receiving organization, The Cure Starts Now. This organization is dedicated to focusing their efforts on childhood cancer research. https://thecurestartsnow.org/

Policy will go back to normal on December 1, 2018 but our staff is hopeful the awareness and funds raised will have a lasting impact.

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Cold Case – Officer shot in line of duty – PR 18-12

$13,000 Reward

We are seeking the community’s help to identify the person responsible for attempting to murder a Texas Police Officer after robbing a bank. This individual is also suspected of using a gun to rob other banks between October 1998 and March 2003. In addition, this person also physically assaulted bank employees who were simply doing their job of serving their customers. The offender committed these armed robberies in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

  • October 1998, Oklahoma City, OK
  • April 1999, Oklahoma City, OK
  • September 1999, Wichita, KS
  • October 2001, Fort Worth, TX
  • July 2002, Arlington, TX
  • February 2003, Tulsa OK
  • March 2003, Watauga, TX

We are still seeking information even though these robberies occurred several years ago. Offenders who commit such crimes may go dormant for a period of time for various reasons, however, this individual may return to our community to do harm. We believe that there are members of our communities that have knowledge of information related to helping identify this person. Therefore, we are asking for anyone who has any information regarding these robberies or the person who committed them. We are specifically looking at someone who would have exhibited changes in behavior from the late summer/early fall of 1998 up to late winter of 2003, to include:

  • Altering of physical appearance (growth or removal of facial hair, change in hair color or cut, etc.).
  • Change in normal routine, which might include missing work, classes, or previously scheduled appointments.
  • Displays of anxiety, nervousness, or irritability.
  • An unexplained possession of cash.
  • Recently obtained material possessions or purchases that the individuals would not likely have been able to afford, i.e. vehicles, expensive clothing, etc.
  • Displayed an above average interest in banks and financial institutions, to include conducting surveillance of banks and/or discussing security features of banks.
  • May have withdrawn from normal activities during this time period.
  • Disposing of property without reasonable explanations, to include clothing, vehicles, and weapons.
  • Intense interest in the status of these investigations.
  • May have expressed anger or resentment to the banking industry.
  • Previously employed or provided services to banks.
  • Might have experienced a loss in income or employment starting in the late summer of 1998.
  • Changes in the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs that started in the late summer of 1998.
  • Someone who left or moved out of your community during this time period to include incarceration or unplanned, last minute vacation.
  • Expressed an unusual or out of the way interest in driving around the areas of the above mentioned bank robbery locations.

Oftentimes members of our community have information of value but do not come forward with the information because of concerns that it may not be important or may be a waste of time.  Regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, or whether or not you think we already are aware of it, please let us assess the relevance of your tip.  If you do not want to reveal the circumstances in which you obtained the information you have provided, you can communicate anonymously with us as well.

Criminal Investigations has developed a sketch based on DNA obtained in the case. The below image is a rendering of what the suspect may have looked like at the time the incident took place. (Update posted 3.15.19)

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Anyone with information is asked to contact our established tip line at 817-281-1000.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting the North Richland Hills Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8411. Another option to contact is through our (Facebook, Twitter, etc) at @NRHPD or North Richland Hills PD.