Press Release

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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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

Auto Pedestrian Accident – PR 18.05

Auto pedestrian accident has one transported by air ambulance in critical condition – Davis at Shady Grove.

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 just before 7:30 pm, North Richland Hills dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call reference an auto pedestrian accident in the 8500 block of Davis Blvd near Shady Grove Rd. Officers arrived on scene and found an adult male in the roadway with apparent injuries. The driver of the sedan that struck the adult male remained on scene and cooperated with officers.

The roadway was closed in both directions at approximately 7:30 pm and remained closed throughout the investigation. Air ambulance arrived and transported the adult male pedestrian to an area hospital in critical condition. At this time, the driver of the sedan is not expected to face any charges.

The roadway reopened in both directions shortly after 9:00 pm.

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Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                    Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-05

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Missing Elderly – PR 18-04

Update 3/6/2018 2:00 pm -The North Richland Hills Police Department continues to work towards bringing Mr. Booth home to his family. At this time, the Silver Alert remains inactive due to the lack of leads coming in. The department is diligently working with Dallas Fire Rescue (DFR) to investigate the reports of a white sedan that went into the Trinity River in Dallas on February 21, 2018.

DFR is coordinating the search and any vehicle recovery operations through Texas Parks and Wildlife. Efforts will continue to increase as the Trinity River conditions continue to improve and become safer for search and recovery operations.

North Richland Hills PD has received several inquiries regarding a reported white truck in the Trinity River in Dallas on Friday March 2, 2018. Further investigation and ID by the Dallas County Medical Examiner revealed this is an unrelated incident to our missing person’s case for Mr. James Booth.

Anyone with information regarding Mr. Booth’s disappearance is encouraged to call the North Richland Hills Police Department Investigations Division, 817-427-7030.


Update 3/1/18 10:00 pm – DPS Austin has discontinued the #SilverAlert for James Booth due to lack of leads coming in. In the event any new or additional leads come in, the Silver Alert will be reactivated. We will continue to investigate the case vigorously in an effort to bring Mr. Booth home to his family, including following up on the lead from Dallas regarding the white car in the Trinity River.


*Update 2/26/18 11:00 pm* – We are actively working any and all leads that come in. We have received multiple leads from areas in the DFW metroplex to include reports that a white car was seen in the Trinity River in Dallas. Our Detectives continue to work with Dallas Fire Rescue to look in to this lead. We appreciate your continued thoughts, prayers and shared efforts to help bring Mr. Booth home to his family.


*UPDATE 2/22 7:00 pm* We have received approval from DPS to activate the Silver Alert – Active Silver Alert issued for Mr. Booth


Missing 84 year old male, last seen in the area of Mid Cities Blvd/Ice House Dr. in a white Toyota Corolla Texas license plate – JHC2212.

James Booth, an 84 year old white male, was last seen in the area of Mid Cities Blvd. and Ice House Dr. on February 21, 2018 at 9:00 am. He was last seen wearing a dark green sweater over a beige sweater and is described as 5’8”, 165 pounds, white hair, blue eyes.

He left his house at 9:00 am for an appointment that he never showed for. He was driving a white 2017 Toyota Corolla TX license plate JHC2212. He does not have a cell phone with him. His family believes he may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We are working with family members to gather the necessary information to issue a Silver Alert, however, we have not received all documentation required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to issue one at this time. In the event you see him or know of his whereabouts, contact 9-1-1 or the North Richland Hills Police Department at 817-281-1000.

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Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                      PR 18-04

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Murder Suicide – PR 18-03

North Richland Hills Police called to scene to investigate a death – find mother and son deceased from apparent murder/suicide.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at approximately 4:30 pm, North Richland Hills Police received a call from a caretaker to a home in the 4800 block of Wedgeview Dr. regarding a death investigation. Upon arrival, officers found a 95 year old female and 61 year old male deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The initial investigation reveals this was an apparent murder/suicide.

While the department is still attempting to notify family members of the deceased, they have been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as:

  • Female, Beatrice Thomason 95 years of age
  • Male, James Thomason 61 years of age

The police department has no prior calls at this address. The relationship between the two deceased is mother and son.

 

PR 18-03

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Major Crash – Iron Horse/Meadowlakes Dr

Major crash leaves three transported to area hospitals, one with life threatening injuries and one driver arrested for suspicion of DWI.

On Saturday February 10, 2018 just before 7:00 pm officers were dispatched to Iron Horse and Meadowlakes Dr regarding a major crash. Officers arrived and found two vehicles involved in the collision. North Richland Hills Fire-Rescue transported three patients by ground ambulance to area hospitals, one with life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, one adult male driver was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence and booked into the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Center. The Iron Horse bridge and Iron Horse exit ramp will remain closed for approximately two hours to conduct the accident investigation.

Names of involved parties will not be released at this time.

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PR 18-02

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Scam Alert – 1.31.18

Person posing as Oncor employee offering to install a smart meter.

Our department received reports of a male subject going door to door attempting to offer smart meters to residents. Essentially, the scam involves the male soliciting smart meters and posing as an Oncor representative. He then tells residents that if they do not switch to a smart meter, Oncor will charge $200 and requests financial information and/or a copy of their electric bills.

The male is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5’6″-5’8″, late 20’s, dark hair, closely trimmed beard, stocky build, wearing a green reflective vest and an Oncor shirt, carrying a clipboard and smart meter paperwork. If you encounter a subject matching this description or encounter someone attempting the same scam, please contact police dispatch (via 9-1-1 or 817-281-1000) so an officer can be dispatched to the area. Dispatchers are available 24/7 to take your call.

Solicitors in North Richland Hills are required to register for a permit. All active solicitors are displayed via the City site. You can view them and other related information via the link.

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Robbery Investigation – PR 18-01

 

One gunshot wound patient transported from Robbery scene at 8500 Harwood Rd.

On Thursday January 25, 2018 just before 7:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the 8500 block of Harwood Road reference a person who stated they had been shot. Officers arrived on scene moments later and located a male with a gunshot wound to his leg. The patient was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition.

The investigation is ongoing at this time, but preliminary accounts indicate there is no outstanding risk to the public.

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Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                    Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-01

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

PR 17-18 Murder/Suicide involving two young children

North Richland Hills police respond to an apparent murder suicide involving 2 small children.

On Saturday December 9, 2017 shortly after 7:00 am, the North Richland Hills Communication center received a call regarding a shooting in the 7400 block of College Circle S.

Upon arrival, officers found a 5 year old female, 9 year old male and adult male all deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Initial investigation revealed the father shot the children and then shot himself. A records search on the home revealed no prior history between our department and the family or address.

At this time, the names of the deceased will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

 

CarissaKatekaru  –  Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 17-18

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com