Press Release

Auto-Ped Fatality Crash NE Loop 820 – PR 17-16

 

NEWS RELEASE                  For Immediate Release

North Richland Hills officers are currently investigating an auto pedestrian fatality crash resulting from a shoplifting suspect struggling with and fleeing from officers.

On September 3, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, North Richland Hills Police were dispatched to 6401 NE Loop 820, Walmart, for a report of a shoplifting in progress.  The suspect, an adult white male, left the area on foot and attempted to hide in the parking lot when officers arrived on scene. The suspect fled towards the access road of NE Loop 820, where he began to resist officers.  The suspect again started to flee and attempted to cross the 6400 block of NE Loop 820, where a vehicle struck him.  Officers immediately began administering CPR and emergency aid until paramedics arrived on scene.  The suspect was transported to JPS Hospital by ground ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.  No officers or other citizens were injured during the incident.
The identity of the suspect involved will be withheld at this time, pending further investigation and notification of the suspect’s family regarding the fatality.​

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 17-16

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

Media Release 17-15 Silver Alert

Sergeant Kevin Palmer

Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7074

E-Mail: kpalmer@nrhtx.com

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release                           PR 17-15

On August 9, 2017, at 2:06PM, North Richland Hills Police Officers responded to a home in the 5000 block of Winder Court reference a missing person. John Lewis Smith (75 year old white male) left his home driving a dark green 2006 Kia Sportage (TXLP JCL5136).  John is diagnosed with dementia as well as other medical conditions and left his cell phone at home.  A Silver Alert has been issued and we are asking the community to be on the look out for John or the vehicle and to call 9-1-1 if either is seen.

 

 

Vehicle in to Building PR 17-14

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

          NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release   PR 17-14

On July 27, 2017 at 10:09 am, first responders were dispatched to the 7200 block of Boulevard 26 regarding a vehicle that had crashed through a glass window in the shopping center. Upon arrival, personnel saw a minivan that had backed through the glass window of ABC Nails.

The vehicle was removed from the glass window by North Richland Hills Fire Department personnel. There were no injuries and no one was transported from the scene. The building was reported to be structurally sound.

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Road Rage Shooting – PR 17-13

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                      PR 17-13

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On June 28 at 2:16 am officers responded to the 7600 block of Boulevard 26 reference a male victim with an apparent gunshot wound.

Preliminary investigation reveals this is likely a road rage incident *that occurred east bound 820 near the Boulevard 26 exit. Details leading up to the shooting are not available at this time. The suspect vehicle is described as a white mid-size SUV with the driver wearing a white baseball cap.

The victim, a 33 year old white male, was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

If you witnessed or have any information regarding this incident, please call police dispatch 817-281-1000.

Update 7-5-17 1249: We are still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the shooter or shooter’s vehicle in the road rage incident. There is reason to believe there were witnesses in the area that observed the incident, which occurred shortly after 2:00 am on June 28, 2017. If you have any information, please contact police dispatch 817-281-1000.

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*location updated 7.5.17 – 1249 CK

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Major Crash 820 Toll Lanes – PR 17-12

Carissa Katekaru                                                 PR 17-12

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

 

On Tuesday May 30, 2017 at approximately 6:15 pm, North Richland Hills Police Department was dispatched to the 6300 block of west bound Loop 820 TEXpress lanes regarding a major crash. Upon arrival, officers located a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that had significant damage.

The vehicle was occupied by three adults and two children. The driver, a 31 year old white male, was air lifted to an area hospital with serious head injuries. A 30 year old white female passenger was ejected from the vehicle and air lifted to an area hospital in critical, but stable, condition. The third adult passenger, a 32 year old white male, suffered minor injuries and was released at the scene. Two children, ages four and three, had been sitting in car seats and were released from the scene with no apparent injuries.

Initial crash investigation indicates this was a single vehicle crash. It appears the SUV swerved in an attempt to make the exit at Iron Horse Blvd, causing the vehicle to roll. West bound 820 TEXpress exit for Iron Horse Blvd remained closed for approximately one hour during the investigation.

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Accident Rufe Snow Dr. at Trinidad – PR 17-11

Carissa Katekaru                    PR 17-11

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 8:10 pm, North Richland Hills Police were dispatched to Rufe Snow Dr. at Iron Horse Blvd. reference a major accident. Upon arrival officers located a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a motorcycle with significant damage.

The initial investigation indicates the motorcycle was traveling north bound on Rufe Snow Dr. approaching Iron Horse Blvd. The SUV was west bound on Trinidad from a stop sign, when it entered the roadway of Rufe Snow to cross. As the SUV entered the roadway, the vehicle struck the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was transported by ground ambulance from the scene to an area hospital, but did not survive their injuries. The driver of the SUV did not have any reports of injuries. At this time, it is unknown whether speed was a factor in the case.

The name of the motorcyclist is being withheld at this time, pending proper notification of family members.

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PR 17-11 Domestic Disturbance

 

North Richland Hills Police Department

4301 City Point Dr.

North Richland Hills, TX 76180

 

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                      PR 17-11

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On May 7, 2017 at approximately 4:15 pm, officers were dispatched to the 6500 block of Jerrell St in reference to a non-violent domestic disturbance between siblings. After a period of time, the male suspect refused to exit the residence at the direction of officers and additional units, as well as specialized equipment, were called to the scene. The suspect soon after, exited the residence and was taken in to custody without incident. He was transported on outstanding parole violation charges to Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office for booking.

 

The suspect is identified as 25 year old Nathan Nida from Watauga, Texas.

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Fatality Accident – North Tarrant Pkwy – PR 17-10

Carissa Katekaru                                                 PR 17-10

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

 

On April 17, 2017 just prior to 7:00 pm, officers were dispatched to the 8600 block of North Tarrant Parkway (cross street of Saddlebrook Ct.). Upon arrival, officers noted a white two-door sedan and white minivan with significant damage.

The two-door sedan was in multiple pieces, with the rear of the vehicle on fire. The white male driver of the two-door sedan had been ejected from the vehicle and was located deceased at the scene. The white male driver of the minivan was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An additional three other vehicles were involved in the accident, as a result of swerving to miss the initial incident between the white sedan and white minivan; however, no other persons were injured.

Witnesses’ report that the two-door sedan was traveling east bound on North Tarrant at a high rate of speed when they heard what was described as a “pop” sound. The sedan then lost control and rolled across the center median into the west bound traffic of North Tarrant Parkway. After the sedan crossed the median, it ran head-on in to the white minivan. Officers are currently investigating to determine the cause of the accident, but at this time speed is believed to be a factor.

Names of involved parties are being withheld, pending family notifications.

 

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Assault by Contact at Walker Creek – PR 17-09

Sergeant Kevin Palmer                                                                                            PR 17-09

Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7074

E-Mail: kpalmer@nrhtx.com

 

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

 

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:26 PM, a father of a student from Walker Creek Elementary met with the North Richland Hills Police Department to report an incident where an educational assistant* grabbed his child by the face.  The matter was documented as requested by police department staff.  The following day, the father returned to the police department and requested that an offense report be taken.  The officer was shown an electronic image of the child’s face and observed what appeared to be a mark on the child’s cheek.  The officer completed a report for Assault by Contact.  The case is currently being investigated.

 

Birdville ISD reported that they are aware of the incident and are conducting their own administrative investigation into the matter.

*updated 4:30 PM 4-13-17 (previously reported to have been a teacher)

Auto Ped Accident PR 17-08

Carissa Katekaru PR 17-08

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                                                                       For Immediate Release

On Monday April 10, 2017, at approximately 4:25 AM, officers were dispatched to the area of 7200 Rufe Snow Drive reference an auto-pedestrian accident.  Arriving officers observed a woman in the roadway with visible injuries.  The vehicle that had struck the woman was also on scene.  Medical personnel determined the female’s injuries required immediate transport via helicopter.

The evidence possibly suggests the woman entered the roadway when it was unsafe to do so and was struck by the vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing at this time, but there is nothing to suggest there will be any criminal charges related to the incident.

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