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Grapevine Murder Suspect Arrested

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Bigham, Antonio

Bigham (Photo: Grapevine Jail)

Grapevine Police arrested 21-year-old Antonio Bigham for the murder of Omar Gonzales on New Year’s Day. He faces one charge of Murder.

A resident of Wildwood Creek Apartments discovered Gonzales’ body in a wooded area near his apartment at approximately 9:30 a.m. on January 1, 2020.  Gonzales had been stabbed in the chest.

Detectives used evidence from the scene and interviews with the victim’s and suspect’s acquaintances to identify Bigham as the suspect. The two men knew each other.

The Grapevine Police Department does not believe anyone else is in danger regarding this case. Antonio Bigham was transferred from the Grapevine Jail to the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, January 9, where he was arraigned. Bigham’s bond is set at $50,000. 

Processed cheese prank is no match for Carrollton CSI

imageCARROLLTON, Texas — Carrollton Police are looking for vandals who damaged a car, and hope to find them with prints lifted from the slices of cheese the culprits left behind. Solving a crime can hinge on even the smallest shred of evidence, and it’s Carrollton police officer Parker Powell’s job to find those clues.

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Homicide Investigation Underway in Grapevine

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GRAPEVINE, Texas – Grapevine Police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old man whose body was found in a wooded area near an apartment complex.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on January 1, 2020, a resident of Wildwood Creek Apartments looked out his window and saw a man lying face-down outside. He called 911, and paramedics determined the man was deceased.

Police found evidence of foul play, but are waiting on the medical examiner to establish the cause and time of death.

Investigators do not believe the victim lived at the apartment complex, nor do they believe anyone else is in danger.

Anyone with information is asked to call Grapevine Police immediately at (817) 410-8127.

Grapevine Police warn citizens about mail thefts

Screen Shot 2019-12-24 at 7.56.30 AMGrapevine Police are getting several reports of mail theft from overnight. A neighbor shared video of a Kia Soul driving mailbox-to-mailbox around 3am. Please check your mailboxes daily and report any thefts to the U.S. Postal Inspectors: 877-876-2455 or https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov

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Suspect Arrested in Mustang Drive Sexual Assault Investigation

PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 3, 2019

GRAPEVINE, Texas    Grapevine Police arrested a 17-year-old man for assaulting a woman outside her apartment on Mustang Drive.

Gonzalez-Acosta, Antony

Gonzalez-Acosta (Photo: Grapevine PD)

17-year-old Antony Gonzalez-Acosta is charged with one count of Sexual Assault. On Sunday, December 1, 2019, at approximately 11:50 p.m., the victim was walking back to her apartment in the 3000 block of Mustang Drive, when a man in a gray hoodie sweatshirt ran up behind her and grabbed her genital area. The victim was able to get away and call 911.  

Police reviewed surveillance video from the parking lot of the complex and spotted the suspect running after the victim. After speaking with neighbors, they were able to identify the man in the video as Gonzalez-Acosta. Officers pulled him over Monday (12/2/19) for a traffic violation, and observed clothing worn during the attack inside his vehicle. Gonzalez-Acosta was taken into custody that evening. He agreed to speak with detectives and confessed to the sexual assault. 

Since the assaults on Mustang began, officers have worked diligently to identify the attacker, while increasing patrols in the area, alerting residents, keeping apartment managers informed and hosting a number of free self-defense classes for women. The Grapevine Police Force appreciates all of the victims who came forward, and would like to thank everyone who called in tips about the attacks. They would also like to thank the Department of Public Safety for creating a suspect sketch and local news media for helping to warn the public. 

Improper Photograph Arrest – Grapevine PD News Release

GRAPEVINE, Texas    Grapevine Police arrested a man accused of recording cell phone video under a woman’s dress while she was shopping.

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a woman was shopping at the Walmart in the 1600 block of W. SH-114 when she took a step backwards and bumped into a man. She noticed he was bent over with his cell phone under her dress. The man walked away, and the victim called 911 while following the man to the front of the store. Her description to dispatchers helped police identify the man in the parking lot. The victim additionally took a photo of the suspect with her phone, and shared it with officers.  

Officers arrested 57-year-old Leroy Grove for Improper Photography or Visual Recording.  He was transported to the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Bond is set at $1,500.

Detectives discovered recordings of multiple victims on Grove’s phone that appear to have been taken in different locations. Anyone who believes they have had contact with Grove and feel like they could have been a victim are encouraged to call Grapevine Police on the non-emergency line at: 817.410.8127.

Grove, Leroy

Grove

Grapevine Police believe a loss prevention officer charged with sexual assault may have more victims

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Landry, Alex Taylor

Landry (Photo: Grapevine PD)

Investigators arrested 29-year-old Alex Landry at an apartment in North Richland Hills on Thursday, August 8, 2019.  Landry is accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside the Burlington Coat Factory Loss Prevention Office, located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Mall, on May 6, 2019.  

The victim says Landry caught her stealing merchandise from a different store within the mall and took her back to his office inside Burlington Coat Factory.  Once the two were alone, the victim says Landry took her picture with his phone, then coerced her into sex to avoid arrest. 

The victim reported the assault to Grapevine Police on July 7, 2019, and officers launched an investigation.  A search warrant was later issued for Landry’s phone, and detectives found photographs of other women in Landry’s Loss Prevention Office.  Officers do not know the identities of these women, but believe they could be additional victims.  Grapevine Police urge any women who were confronted or assaulted by Landry to contact detectives during business hours at 817.410.3200 or after hours at 817.410.8127.

Alex Landry is charged with Sexual Assault, a Second Degree Felony.  His bond was set at $25,000.

WITH SERIAL GROPER STILL ON THE RUN IN GRAPEVINE, MORE WOMEN LEARNING SELF-DEFENSE

Author: Bradley Blackburn

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Police rendering of suspect (Courtesy Grapevine PD)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — A suspected serial groper remains on the run in Grapevine, and more women are trying to protect themselves through self defense. 

At least five attacks have occurred since April at a Grapevine apartment complex, most of them clustered along Mustang Avenue. The encounters have included physical assault, indecent exposure and one instance when a woman was left with a broken collar bone after she tried to fight her attacker off.

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Females targeted on Mustang Drive

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GRAPEVINE, Texas  –  Grapevine Police are searching for a Hispanic man targeting females primarily along Mustang Drive. Surveillance video of the most recent assault may help police identify the suspect. The video shows the suspect grabbing a victim and carrying her into a breezeway.

All of the victims were able to fight off the suspect, but in one case, a woman’s collarbone was broken in her struggle to escape.

Investigators are working at least five separate cases where a man exposed himself or physically grabbed women. The crimes happened from April 8, 2019 and July 9, 2019, primarily at complexes between the 2800 and 3000 blocks of Mustang Drive.

The man is described as Hispanic, in his early twenties, with short, curly black hair, a thin build, and between 5’3” and 5’8:”. Grapevine Police are working with a sketch artist and one victim to create a sketch of the suspect. The sketch will be made public once it is complete.

Grapevine Police praise each victim for getting away and reporting the crimes. Officers are actively patrolling the neighborhood and urge women to keep close watch of their surroundings, travel in pairs when possible, and call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious. Anyone with information on the suspect should call Criminal Investigations during business hours at: 817.410.3200 or 817.410.8127 after hours.  

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Grapevine Police Capture Four in Armed Robbery and Pursuit

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GRAPEVINE, Texas  –  Grapevine Police are investigating whether their arrests of armed robbery suspects overnight could help solve multiple crimes across north Texas.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., dispatchers alerted officers to an armed robbery in a neighboring city. Due to a series of recent robberies across the DFW area, two Grapevine officers decided to set up surveillance near the 7-Eleven located at 1700 William D. Tate as a precaution. Shortly after 3:00 a.m. officers spotted three people walking into the store wearing hoodies covering their faces, and then they saw the clerk put his hands up. Officers approached the entrance, and moments later, the three suspects ran out of the store.  

While the initial officers made sure the clerk was okay and searched for one suspect who ran off on his own, more Grapevine officers went after the other two suspects who jumped into a car and drove off. A pursuit went into Irving, where three people jumped out of the car in a residential area on Bellah Court. 

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The weapon and cash found in a suspect’s backpack (Photo: Grapevine Police)

One of the suspects in Irving was seen throwing a backpack over a fence right before the officer caught up to him. The backpack contained a loaded gun and cash. Meanwhile, Irving Police set up a perimeter in the area for the other two people. They found them in a nearby backyard, and a K-9 Officer from Southlake DPS tracked their scent from the car involved in the chase. The car had been reported stolen from Dallas.  

While the search was underway in Irving, Grapevine officers utilized a Bedford Police robot to go through the 7-Eleven, because the clerk feared another robber was still inside the store. The robot and a Grapevine K-9 unit confirmed everyone was out of the building. At the same time, officers spotted a man walking across the street with a hoodie around his waist. They determined he was one of the suspects who ran away and took him into custody. 

Three male suspects, ages 17, 18 and 19, where taken to the Grapevine jail for questioning. All three men face charges for Aggravated Robbery, and additional charges may follow. A 15-year-old girl was taken into custody and later released to parents.  

Grapevine Police are working closely with multiple law enforcement agencies across north Texas to determine if the suspects could be connected to other robberies.  Grapevine Police appreciate all of the help and teamwork that occurred to make these arrests possible. 

(Names and mug shots will not be released until detectives complete their initial interviews and suspects have been fully booked into jail.)