Press Release

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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Auto-Ped Accident – PR 17-07

 

North Richland Hills Police Department

4301 City Point Dr.

North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Carissa Katekaru                                                 PR 17-07

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm, officers were dispatched to the east bound managed toll lanes of 820 at Rufe Snow Drive reference an auto-pedestrian accident. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased subject who had been struck by a four door sedan.

For a short period of time, both east bound managed toll lanes, and general lanes of Loop 820 were closed to secure the scene. During the course of the investigation, the managed toll lanes of east bound Loop 820 were closed until approximately 3:50 pm from Highway 35 to Precinct Line Rd.

Witnesses reported seeing a female climb over the side of the Rufe Snow Dr bridge and hang for a short period of time, before falling in to oncoming east bound traffic. At this point in the investigation, suicide is probable. Drug or alcohol impairment was not reported to be a factor with the driver of the sedan, and no charges are expected to be filed.

The victim is a 58 year old white female from North Richland Hills.

 

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PR – 1706 – Officer Discharged Weapon

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                    PR 17-06

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On February 18, 2017 at 6:49 AM, a North Richland Hills officer initiated a traffic stop in the 6300 block of Davis Boulevard. After the vehicle stopped, the officer approached from the passenger side of the vehicle to speak with the driver. It was reported that the driver without warning, made a sudden lunge towards the officer, while reaching behind the passenger seat for a weapon. In fear for their life, the officer discharged one round from their duty weapon. The round however, did not injure the driver. The driver began complying with officer commands. Additional units arrived on scene, and the driver of the vehicle was placed in to custody. Officers observed a machete located behind the passenger seat.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, as per policy, while an internal investigation is conducted. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the North Richland Hills jail, charges pending.ois_davis-blvd

 

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Press Release PR 17-05 – Family Violence

Carissa Katekaru                                                     PR 17-05

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On February 17, 2017 at approximately 5:00 AM, officers were dispatched to the 8300 block of Davis Blvd reference a possible domestic disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and were able to secure the area. During the initial investigation, it was relayed that there may be additional occupants inside a home and that a suspect may be armed in the house.

It was discovered that two adult females reportedly sustained injuries from an assault by the male subject and left the residence to receive medical attention for their injuries. As the investigation continued, it was determined the male subject was still inside the residence with a five year old juvenile female.

At 9:04 AM officers were able to remove the juvenile female from the residence and secured her safety. Officers continued negotiations and at 11:10 AM the suspect was taken in to custody without incident.

The two adult females were treated and released from area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The juvenile was uninjured and later reunited with family members. The suspect has been identified as Robert Winsett, 49 year old white male. Winsett is charged with one count Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon and one count Assault Family Member With Bodily Injury. He is currently being held in the North Richland Hills jail, awaiting arraignment.

**Update 1615 – Investigations has confirmed that the male subject and one of the female subjects were domestic partners.**

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Media Release – Shooting – PR 17-04

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release                      PR 17-04

 

On February 11, 2017 at approximately 6:28 PM, North Richland Hills Police received a report of a shooting in the 6600 block of Onyx Drive North.

Officers arrived on scene and located a 52 year old white male and 22 year old white female, both with apparent gunshot wounds.

The investigation indicates the shooting resulted from an accidental discharge of the firearm. The male subject was handling the weapon when it discharged, striking both the male and female.

Both victims were transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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