Category Archives: Crime report

Police Officer Arrested in Tarrant County

Rucker/Tarrant County Jail

On June 2, 2022, the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) was contacted by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office regarding the arrest of FWPD Officer Victor Rucker for a charge involving a domestic violence incident that occurred while he was off-duty.

Upon learning of his arrest, the Fort Worth Police Department immediately began an administrative investigation. Officer Rucker has been placed on restricted duty and stripped of all police powers during the course of the ongoing criminal and administrative investigations.

The Fort Worth Police Department holds its officers to a high standard both on and off-duty, and does not tolerate criminal misconduct or unethical behavior; therefore, a thorough investigation to collect and review the facts and the circumstances of these allegations will be conducted.

Officer Rucker has been with the department for seven years and was assigned to West Division Patrol at the time of his arrest.

Source: The Texas Police News

U.S. Attorney announces federal sentencing for executives from Grapevine real estate investment firm

Four executives from a Grapevine-based real estate investment firm have been sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, says U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham.

According to the attorney for the Northern District of Texas, a federal jury convicted executives from the United Development Funding firm (UDF).

The four of them were found guilty in January for 10 counts, including securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution. They were all sentenced to prison on Friday.

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Men Use Electronic Device to Swipe 80 Gallons of Diesel Fuel at Dallas 7-Eleven, Police Say

At the gas station.

Four people have been arrested for allegedly stealing 80 gallons of diesel fuel from a 7-Eleven gas station in Northeast Dallas, police said.

The alleged theft happened Wednesday at the 7-Eleven at 10400 Garland Road, near Gus Thomasson Road.

Pedro Ruiz, Alfredo Hechavarria, Lazaro Echemendia Miranda, and Betancourt Barco face charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, theft of a petroleum product, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument, according to a police news release.

The suspects were using an electronic device that allowed them to attach it to the fuel pump without the pump tracking how much gas was being pumped, police said.

The suspects used three vehicles during the theft, including a modified pickup truck, “that had been outfitted with an external fuel tank,” the press release said.

Ruiz opened the front panel of the fuel pump and installed the electronic device, police said. Hechavarria then pumped 80 gallons of fuel into one of the vehicles while the other two men served as lookouts, according to the news release.

Detectives from the police financial crimes division had been investigating the suspects for allegedly stealing diesel and re-selling it, police said. When they saw the theft happen during surveillance Wednesday, they pulled the suspects over for a traffic violation.

On Thursday, some patrons filling up at the pumps said they were shocked by the thefts and arrests, but not surprised. Gas prices have soared in recent weeks, and diesel has been the most expensive fuel grade. The average price for a gallon of diesel in Dallas hit $5.37 Tuesday, which is a new all-time record.

Some employees said the 7-Eleven location has been hit multiple times by fuel thieves.

Grand Jury Opens Investigation Into Alleged Theft Of Grapevine Taxpayer Funds

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney White Collar Crime and Public Integrity Team has asked a Grand Jury to open an investigation into the alleged theft of funds from the City of Grapevine by two of its employees.

Two independent investigations concluded former Director of Parks and Recreation Kevin Mitchell and former Director of Libraries Ruth Chiego used more than $58,000 of city funds for “personal use.”

An internal investigation conducted by a third-party firm said Mitchell used $33,359 of the city’s money and Chiego used $24,916.

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Woman found buried under Texas home sent text message for help; police believe more women were victimized

Photo: KHOU.com

FORT WORTH, Texas — We are learning new details about the Arlington woman who was found buried under a Fort Worth home. For the first time, WFAA is hearing from a family friend who gave us insight into what happened days before her murder.

At 26 years old, Marissa Grimes did everything to be that perfect mother to her two children.

Read more at www.khou.com.

[Editors’ Note: Our hearts and prayers go out to the Grimes family and their friends.]

Statement regarding arrest of YWLA teacher in Grand Prairie

Matthew Ramos, a former teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold, was arrested today for a potentially inappropriate relationship. Central administration received information indicating potential impropriety on Friday, October 22, 2021. Law enforcement was notified that same afternoon and opened an investigation, resulting in today’s arrest.

Mr. Ramos, who has not been on campus since October 22, has since resigned from the District and his situation has been reported to the State Board of Educator Certification as required.

“I want parents to know that we do not tolerate any form of inappropriate communication or contact between a teacher and a student,” said Grand Prairie ISD Superintendent Linda Ellis. “We will always act swiftly to make sure concerns are properly investigated and action is taken to ensure our students’ safety.”

Search for fugitive has a fatal ending

The search is over for the man accused in the aggravated robbery of an Uber driver.

Suspect Cesar Soto was involved in a fatality crash in Weatherford on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Grapevine Police were notified of the crash on Monday, May 24, and ensured Soto’s next of kin had been notified prior to the release of this information. The Department wants to thank law enforcement partners for their assistance and the community for remaining vigilant during the investigation.


(Prior releases below) 

We have identified a suspect in the carjacking and assault that occurred on Thursday, May 13, 2021. An arrest warrant for Aggravated Robbery has been issued for 33-year-old Cesar Soto of Lewisville. He has not been located at this time. Police recovered the stolen vehicle and weapon used in the assault. The vehicle was abandoned in a Colleyville neighborhood Thursday morning. Anyone who sees Soto or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE – Grapevine Police are investigating a carjacking and assault that occurred shortly before 7am, and are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect and stolen vehicle.

The victim is an Uber driver, and was dropping off a passenger outside the Amli apartments in the 400 block of Dallas Road when the passenger attacked him. The victim was stabbed multiple times before the suspect got in the driver’s seat and drove off.

The victim was spotted by residents in the area who called 911. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6”, 180 pounds with black and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, orange reflective vest and white construction hat. He may be driving the victim’s vehicle, which is a blue 2016 Toyota Camry with license plate NMT-9734.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or suspect should call 911 immediately and avoid any confrontations with the suspect, as he may still be armed with a knife.

Grapevine PD releases photo of man involved in carjacking/assault on May 13

Grapevine PD has identified the suspect in the carjacking and assault that occurred on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

An arrest warrant for Aggravated Robbery has been issued for 33-year-old Cesar Soto of Lewisville. He has not been located at this time.

Police recovered the stolen vehicle and weapon used in the assault. The vehicle was abandoned in a Colleyville neighborhood Thursday morning. Anyone who sees Soto or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Grapevine Police are investigating a carjacking and assault that occurred shortly before 7am, and are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect and stolen vehicle.

The victim is an Uber driver, and was dropping off a passenger outside the Amli apartments in the 400 block of Dallas Road when the passenger attacked him. The victim was stabbed multiple times before the suspect got in the driver’s seat and drove off.

The victim was spotted by residents in the area who called 911. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6”, 180 pounds with black and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, orange reflective vest and white construction hat. He may be driving the victim’s vehicle, which is a blue 2016 Toyota Camry with license plate NMT-9734.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or suspect should call 911 immediately and avoid any confrontations with the suspect, as he may still be armed with a knife.

Cesar Soto

Grapevine PD – News Release Carjacking and Assault

Grapevine Police are investigating a carjacking and assault that occurred shortly before 7am, and are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect and stolen vehicle.

The victim is an Uber driver, and was dropping off a passenger outside the Amli apartments in the 400 block of Dallas Road when the passenger attacked him. The victim was stabbed multiple times before the suspect got in the driver’s seat and drove off.

The victim was spotted by residents in the area who called 911. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6”, 180 pounds with black and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, orange reflective vest and white construction hat. He may be driving the victim’s vehicle, which is a blue 2016 Toyota Camry with license plate NMT-9734.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or suspect should call 911 immediately and avoid any confrontations with the suspect, as he may still be armed with a knife.

Grapevine Police have arrested two men in connection to a shooting that left three people injured.

At approximately 4:45pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, two men in a black Dodge Charger exchanged gunfire with two men in a white Nissan Altima in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven located in the 3500 block of Grapevine Mills Boulevard. Both parties drove off in opposite directions. The Dodge stopped across the street in the Jack in the Box parking lot. The Nissan continued on towards Freeport Parkway.

Grapevine Police arrived at the Jack in the Box and discovered two men in the Dodge with gunshot wounds. One officer used his tactical medical kit to render aid to one of the victims, and slowed his bleeding until paramedics arrived. Both victims were transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine with serious injuries.

Police additionally found a gun on the ground, and witnesses believed one of the shooters may have run away. Officers began a perimeter search in the area. Police officers from Coppell, as well as K9 units from Grapevine, Frisco, Prosper and Hickory Creek assisted in the search.

Approximately 45 minutes later, a man approached a DFW Airport Police officer at the Shell gas station, saying the passenger in his Nissan had been shot multiple times. The passenger was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, and the driver was held for questioning. 

Grapevine Officers determined the two men found near the airport were involved in the shooting at 7-Eleven. Investigators recovered two guns and narcotics at the crime scene, and believe men from both vehicles fired weapons.

The driver of the Nissan was arrested for Deadly Conduct and transported to the Grapevine Detention Center. One of the men in the Dodge was medically cleared and transported from the hospital to the Grapevine Detention Center. Charges are pending.

The suspects were identified after their arraignment in Tarrant County as Bryan Melendez, age 18, Grapevine: Aggravated Robbery, Possession Marijuana 4oz-5lbs; and Terrell Reed, age 21, Grand Prairie: Aggravated Assault – Serious Bodily Injury – Reckless Endangerment.

More arrests and charges are possible. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact detectives at: CIDmail@grapevinetexas.gov.

Grapevine Police thanks all law enforcement agencies who assisted in this case.