We realize that this may be considered “old news,” however we think it’s worth sharing again! With the ever evolving world of social media, and millions of new users signing on daily, it’s worth a refresher!

**👻Snapchat👻 lovers and parents of those who love Snap**

The map, we have to talk about it. It’s the elephant in the room…

The ‘Snap Map’ connects via your phones GPS and automatically updates the map with your location. This allows others to see exactly where you are, even if you’re not snapping. We recommend turning on ‘Ghost Mode’ to prevent sharing your location.

To turn on Ghost Mode, pinch the screen when the app is open and the map should appear. If it’s your first time doing so, it will prompt you with the option to go in to ghost mode. If it doesn’t, click the gear icon in the top right corner. Then flip the ‘switch’ to turn Ghost Mode on.

Please be safe when using social media!


E-Mail Scams – Don’t fall victim

Double check the validity of an email requesting money from you. If it sounds fishy, it likely is!

We have received some recent reports about emails circulating requesting money to help someone that’s in a “bad situation.” The emails may be short, abrupt and use incorrect language or they may be lengthy, well written and tug at your heart strings using local businesses or names you are familiar with. If you question the validity of the request, don’t be afraid to ask. Check the email address (usually a give away!), logos, phone numbers, addresses etc. If it sounds fishy, it likely is. Trust your instinct!



-Carissa Katekaru

Public Information Officer/Media Relations Coordinator

Office 817-427-7076  ||



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


Can you help?

Help us ID this woman who has been using forged checks under different identities for over a year!

The suspect pictured below has passed numerous forged checks under different identities for several years across the metroplex. Help NRH and other surrounding agencies ID this woman and solve cases! If you recognize her, give Criminal Investigations a ring – 817-427-7030 – refer to case number 18N8706 for Det. Whitlock

Updated: 5/16/18 1015 – new pictures

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


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.


Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                    Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-05

Phone: (817) 427-7076


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.

(Vehicle pictured below is stock photo)

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                      PR 18-04

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


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


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.



PR 18-02

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


Facebook algorithms and you

Friends, fans, followers and those who just stop by occasionally,

We have to discuss something… something big… algorithm. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines algorithm as “a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer.”

Now you’re thinking “what on earth does this have to do with me?” – allow us to explain. Your ability to interact and see what we (and other pages) share is controlled by something larger than us, the Facebook algorithm. Mark Zuckerburg recently announced some big changes coming to the Facebook world, and we want to make sure you’re prepared. He and his team will be adjusting the algorithm of Facebook to show “less public content like posts from businesses, brands and media.” So how does this affect your Facebooking experience? Well, you’ll see more posts from your friends and family members and less from pages you’ve liked… us, the news media pages, your favorite shop and so on.

We’ve known for quite some time that your ability to see our posts is math based. All 15,538 fans can’t possibly LOVE our Battle of the Badges video, our public safety tips, where the motor guys will be hiding or who we need your help identifying on a fraud case. Understandable.

For many followers, Zuckerburg hit the nail on the head; you want to see less from the pages you follow. But this has many government agencies a bit concerned. This could directly impact our ability to communicate with you, even in times of crisis, as our ranking of making it to your Facebook feed will be dramatically decreased.

We have to be honest – we enjoy sharing our story with you, engaging with you, and chatting with you. Should you decide that we’re still your cup of tea, here is a way you can ensure that we show up a little more in that news feed:

When you click on our page choose “See First.” (see the picture) Hover over “Following” near the cover photo, and then select “See First.” If you’re feeling really froggy, turn notifications on. We promise not to blow up your News Feed with random pictures but rather meaningful information. We share videos, a picture of your favorite K9’s working, the good work the officers are doing in your community and urgent information. We try to post about once or twice a day, so we won’t fill your feed up.


If you’re looking for other ways to follow us, head over to: Twitter @NRHPD – we use this during active/breaking news incidents, Instagram: @nrh_publicsafety, our Blog: or on NextDoor! We’ll still be here to interact, engage, help answer any questions and try to provide a laugh or two along the way.


The North Richland Hills Police Department