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.

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

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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

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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.

 

PIO Award – PR 19-18

Public Safety Media Relations Coordinator, Carissa Katekaru, is recognized for Leadership in Public Information Management by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The Public Safety Media Relations Coordinator, Carissa Katekaru, was recently awarded the IACP Leadership in Public Information Management Award. This award recognizes an individual public information officer (PIO) and his or her ability to effectively disseminate information to the public.

Carissa was selected as the PIO in early 2017 and has since addressed the agency’s communication challenges. Through formulating a new and innovative approach to communication, she blended both traditional and social media strategies to share the department’s story. Carissa took several strategic steps to build important traditional and social media networks, building one from the ground up – the social media footprint of both police and fire. Fundamental to this change was presenting information quickly, accurately and in an unbiased and transparent way.

Carissa works to not only keep the community members and media partners informed of active incidents, and public interest stories, but she also strives to show the human side of policing through humor and showcasing officers as real people, doing great things in the community they serve.

She was recently recognized at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Awards Banquet in Chicago and was accompanied by Chief Perdue, Assistant Chief Scott, and Lieutenant Palmer.

 

PR 19-17 TEXRail Property Damage

On Tuesday, October 29 at approximately 1030 am, an incident occurred between locations 6420 Smithfield Road and 6430 Davis Boulevard of property damage involving several vehicles with windshield and back window damage and several of the glass window platform shelters shattered. After the initial incident, it was later reported that two additional vehicles had reports of damage at the 6351 Iron Horse TEXRail Station.

With cooperation with TEXRail security, a description of the suspect was communicated throughout the TEXRail system notifying each station of the suspect and the incidents that occurred. Later in the afternoon, an off duty Fort Worth Officer was able to identify the individual suspected in the incidents earlier reported at the Smithfield and Iron Horse Stations. Fort Worth Police Department was able to take the individual into custody, and after further investigation, the suspect was transported to the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Facility. The individual is currently in custody and is being held for criminal mischief charges and possible additional charges.

At this time, there is no further threat to property or public safety at the TEXRail train stations. If you saw anything, or have additional information regarding these incidents, you can PM us or call Criminal Investigations 817.427.7030

 

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PR 19-16 Stolen Vehicle

On Wednesday, October 16 at about 2:00 pm, a Monte Carlo was taken by two black males driving a gold or beige 4 door sedan. We believe the sedan may be an older model Nissan Maxima or Mitsubishi Galant. The Monte Carlo is entered in to the national database as stolen, however we are asking our community members to contact us if you have any information.

If you saw anything, have additional footage to share, or know any details you can PM us or call Criminal Investigations 817.427.7030.

PR 19-15 Single Vehicle Crash – Iron Horse

Single vehicle crash sends one to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

At about 2:30 am on October 12, 2019 officers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash at the Iron Horse exit from west bound 820 toll lanes. A four door Jeep crashed into the cement barrier on Iron Horse Blvd. and caught fire. The adult male driver was able to get out of the vehicle and was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital in stable condition, with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is still ongoing, however at this time it is believed alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash.

PR 19-14 Deadly Wrong Way Crash

Deadly wrong way crash on Davis Blvd. near Odell St.

On Monday, October 7 just before 6:00 pm, a 9-1-1 call was received regarding a four vehicle crash in the 6900 block of Davis Blvd. near Odell St.

At this time in the investigation, it appears a GMC Yukon was traveling north on Davis Blvd and drove in to oncoming south bound traffic striking a Chevrolet truck towing a trailer, head on, which sent the vehicles spinning in to the north bound lanes. A Honda sedan, traveling north on Davis, struck the trailer of the Chevrolet truck and a Nissan sedan was hit with debris.

Davis Boulevard was closed for approximately five hours total (6 pm-11pm) while responders worked the scene and the accident investigation team mapped the scene. It is unclear whether any charges are expected to be filed at this time.

•Vehicle one – GMC Yukon, adult female driver, serious condition, transported by ground ambulance.
•Vehicle two – Chevrolet truck pulling a utility trailer, two adult male occupants – driver critical condition, transported by air medical; passenger extricated, critical condition, transported by ground ambulance code (lights and siren) and passed away at the hospital.
•Vehicle three – Honda sedan, adult male driver, minor injuries, transported by ground ambulance.
•Vehicle four – Nissan sedan, adult male driver, no injuries.