Press Release

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

Pursuit – PR 17-17

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release           PR 17-17

Officers pursue a suspected DWI in to far North West Dallas. Pursuit called off at due rush hour traffic.

On October 24, 2017 at approximately 5:30 am, an officer initiated a motorist assist in the 6300 block of Smithfield Rd. The officer attempted to make contact with a male driver in a maroon Nissan sedan, when suddenly the driver fled the area. The officer believed the driver to be under the influence, and began the pursuit. Officers pursued the vehicle for nearly 45 minutes in to far North West Dallas. It was terminated at about 6:15 am due to rush hour traffic. Maximum speed of the pursuit did not exceed 75 mph, and there were no injuries to officers or civilians during the incident. The case is currently under investigation.

 

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/PIO

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

 

         

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.