Press Release

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.

 

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.

$13,000 Reward

Largest Registration for annual Women’s Conference

North Richland Hills Police Department is hosting the annual Women of Law Enforcement Conference September 26, 2018 – September 28, 2018 at the Bob Bolen Training Center in Fort Worth.

We are anticipating our largest crowd yet, with over 240 registrants from as far away as Hawaii. This yearly event draws female police officers from across the nation to gather in environment specific to a female officer. Opening ceremonies will feature keynote speaker, Chief Jessica of Robledo Pflugerville Police Department. Special sessions will include: Pistol Skillset (taught by nationally recognized ret. Fort Worth Police Officer Dorcia Meador and FWPD Instructor Jaime Malone), Tactical Medic (taught by Fort Worth Police Department Brandi Kamper), Defensive Tactics and more.

Special presentation of the R.I.S.E. (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Award will be given on the final afternoon of the conference to a deserving female who has shown incredible strength in the face of adversity.

When:            Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – Friday, September 28, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where:           Bob Bolen Public Safety Training Complex

501 W. Felix St. Fort Worth, TX 76115

www.womenoflawenforcement.org

 

The event is hosted by the North Richland Hills Police Department, with facilities provided by the Fort Worth Police Department. Media is invited to attend the event – please contact our Public Information Officer, Carissa Katekaru, with specific questions and to ensure proper access to secured areas.

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

Cell: (682) 325-1832

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

Updated: 9/25/18 – 1015 hrs

Robbery – 5300 Rufe Snow

Criminal Investigations is asking for your help ID’ing this robbery suspect.

 
Thursday, September 13 at about 4:00 pm a black male, wearing a black Chicago Blackhawks hat with a red bill & red writing, and light yellow shirt entered the Check-n-Go in the 5300 block of Rufe Snow Dr. He passed a demand note to the teller and left the business on foot.
 
If you have any information regarding this incident, or recognize the suspect, please contact CID at 817-427-7030 or email bgoen@nrhtx.com.

Body Worn Camera Program – PR 18-10

North Richland Hills Police finalize and implement body worn cameras – Axon is chosen.

The North Richland Hills police department is proud to introduce the Body Worn Camera Program. Cameras have been issued to all sworn officers, Public Service Officers and Crime Scene Examiners. The body worn cameras will provide an added layer of transparency and be a great benefit to the community and officers as we continue to work in partnership to keep our community safe.

State Legislature approved Senate Bill 158 that allowed departments to apply to receive grant funding to help support the cost of implementing body worn cameras. The North Richland Hills Police Department received approximately $94,000 that supported the implementation, with the remaining funds coming from the annual operating budget. The program was presented to the North Richland Hills City Council in November 2017, and the council authorized the North Richland Hills Police Department to enter in to a contract with Axon.


The public will notice the cameras on sworn officers, Public Service Officers and Crime Scene examiners as full implementation and training have been completed.

Carissa Katekaru
Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer
Phone: (817) 427-7076
Cell: (682) 325-1832
E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

Early morning fatality crash -PR 18-09

Early morning single vehicle fatality closes 820 eastbound at 121 split

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at about 5:00 am, officers were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 7800 block of eastbound Loop 820 at the 121 split. Upon arrival, they located a motorcycle and a deceased white male driver.

Accident investigators responded to the scene and the freeway was closed for about an hour to conduct the investigation. Accident Investigation reports that speed appears to be a factor in the crash. It does not appear any other vehicles were involved.

The name of the deceased will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner after family notifications have been made.

Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO

ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Office – 817-427-7076

Cell – 682-325-1832

February 2018 Missing Man located – PR 18-04-2

February missing man’s car found in Trinity River in Dallas. Recovery efforts to remove the vehicle were successful.

After a lengthy and exhaustive search, the North Richland Hills Criminal Investigations Division was alerted by the Texas Department of Public Safety that on August 7, 2018, their dive teams had positively located and identified the vehicle of missing NRH resident, James Booth. The vehicle was located in Dallas, downstream from the area where our department initially received reports of a white sedan in the river on February 21, 2018.

On August 8, 2018 recovery efforts continued, as crews worked to remove the sedan from the river. Once the vehicle was removed, remains were found inside.

On August 9, 2018 the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office positively identified the remains as that of Mr. James Booth. Per our investigators, there is no foul play suspected in the case.

Our department extends our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Booth’s family during this process. It remains our goal to at least provide them with a degree of closure, with the hope that it may be helpful to their grieving process.

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Link to original Press Release

 

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-04-2

Phone: (817) 427-7076

Cell: (682) 325-1832

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Overdose Subject Search – PR 18-08

*UPDATE 2:10 pm* The subject was located and taken in to custody without incident. 

Academy Carrie F Thomas, Walker Creek Elementary and Birdville High placed on soft lock down regarding an overdose subject that was reportedly armed with a handgun.

Shortly before 10:30 am on May 30, 2018 officers were dispatched to the area of 7800 Mockingbird Ln. regarding a report of an attempted overdose. Officers were alerted that the subject may have a handgun and he was last seen leaving the area on foot. The subject is described as a white male, late 40’s, blue t-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Surrounding schools, Carrie F Thomas, Walker Creek Elementary and Birdville High, were asked to take precautionary procedures. Following their given protocols, each school was placed in a soft lockdown for approximately 30 minutes. Due to the scheduled early release, officers were placed at each of the aforementioned schools during pickup/release time.

After a thorough search of the surrounding area, the search was discontinued at about 12:30 pm. No immediate threats to the public were made by the male subject and the department will remain in contact with reporting parties should he return to the area.

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-08

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Police Chase leads to SWAT Stand-off

North Richland Hills domestic assault suspect barricades himself in vehicle – Fort Worth PD SWAT assists in apprehension.

On Saturday, March 31, 2018 just before 11:00 am, officers were called to the 7400 block of NE Loop 820 to investigate an alleged domestic assault. North Richland Hills officers observed the suspect leaving the area in a gold Hyundai sedan and signaled for him to stop.  Instead, the suspect continued driving until he reached the 2200 block of Jacksboro Hwy in Fort Worth, where he still refused to exit the vehicle.

After North Richland Hills officers observed the suspect was armed with a handgun, assistance was sought from the Fort Worth Police Department, who responded with their SWAT team, and successfully took the suspect into custody at about 2:00 pm without further incident.

The suspect is: Nicholas Hoefer, white male, 26 years of age from Euless, Texas.

The subject is being held in the Tarrant County jail pending charges from the North Richland Hills incident and on a warrant from the Tarrant County Sheriff Office.

**UPDATED 4:24 pm- to reflect subject housed at Tarrant County jail rather than NRH jail.

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

PR 18-06