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News Release – Grapevine Police

Grapevine Police have identified a suspect in a shooting that occurred on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. a small group of men got into an altercation at the Shamrock gas station at 2713 Mustang Drive. Witnesses say two of the men were shoving each other when one displayed a handgun in his waistband. The suspect fired his weapon multiple times. One of the bullets struck the victim’s foot, while another shattered the glass of a neighboring business. No witnesses were injured.

The suspect got into his car and drove off, while the victim was driven away in another vehicle. On the way to the hospital, the victim spotted an ambulance parked at the 7-Eleven on Mustang and Ira E. Woods and stopped for medical assistance. Medics then transported the victim to the hospital for treatment. 

Officers were able to identify the shooter through witness accounts and surveillance video. The 21-year-old suspect faces charges for Deadly Conduct, a third-degree felony. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. His name will not be released prior to booking.

The victim is identified as an 18-year-old man from Grapevine. He has been treated and released from the hospital. 

Grapevine Police appreciate the assistance from witnesses in helping to identify the shooter. Investigators do not believe others are in danger.

Dallas Man Pleads Guilty After Placing Hoax Bomb on Railroad

A Dallas man plead guilty on Oct. 23 to charges in connection with placing a hoax bomb on a Dallas railroad track, announced Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Mark Ashley Robert, 37, plead guilty to one count of false information and hoaxes before Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez via VTC.

According to court documents, during the early morning hours of December 21, 2018, Mr. Robert admitted to placing a device (as seen in the photo below) on the Kansas City Rail Line railroad tracks in Dallas.

A railroad conductor noted a red and green flashing LED light in the middle of the tracks while operating on the railroad. The conductor observed what appeared to be a box wrapped in electrical tape with a nine-volt battery attached to the side of the device.

The Dallas Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene to assess the device. Upon examination, law enforcement authorities determined that the box, placed by Mr. Robert, appeared to resemble an improvised explosive device (IED).  As a result, officers rendered the device safe.

Law enforcement submitted the remaining parts of the device to the FBI for latent print examination.  Through the course of that examination, Mr. Robert’s fingerprints were recovered.

Mr. Robert now faces up to 5 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for March 5, 2021.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office and the Dallas Police Department with the assistance of the Kansas City Southern Railway Company. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Eggers is prosecuting this case.

Jailed Texas Man Charged In 2003 Murder Following Alert From DNA Database

A man has been charged in the 2003 strangling of a woman whose body was found on a rural road in West Texas, authorities said Friday.

Andy Castillo, of Lubbock, is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Cynthia Joann Palacio, also of Lubbock, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

A recent alert from a DNA database led the Texas Rangers and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office to focus their attention on Castillo, the DPS said.

Castillo, 57, was in the McLennan County Jail in Waco on unrelated charges of criminal solicitation to commit child sexual assault when he was served with the arrest warrant in the Palacio case, the agency said.

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Thief grabs woman’s butt, then robbed her at Houston Galleria Mall

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Crime Stoppers of Houston and the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspect responsible for a theft at Galleria Mall.The Houston Police Department reports:

On Monday, August 17, 2020 at 3:43 pm, the complainant was traveling on the escalator into the Galleria Mall, located at 5175 Westheimer, in Houston, Texas. The complainant stated that she observed an unknown male on the escalator and behind her. The complainant stated that the suspect closed the distance between them and with both of his hands, groped her buttocks. The complainant immediately turned around to confront the suspect, at which time he grabbed her cellphone and ran down the escalator.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old. 140-150 pounds. He wore an orange or red shirt and brown shoes.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at CrimeStoppers.org.

To watch the video of the crime, click HERE.

Dallas Mystic Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Crimes

imageA Dallas mystic shop owner has pleaded guilty to trafficking dried hummingbird carcasses in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

Cynthia Macias-Martinez, 48, pleaded guilty to the sale of wildlife taken in violation of federal law before United States Magistrate Judge Renee H. Toliver on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Ms. Macias-Martinez, owner of a Dallas mystic shop, admitted to selling dried hummingbird carcasses known as “chuparosas” without a valid permit or authorization. “Chuparosas” are believed by some to have mystical benefits and are commonly used as amulets or charms.

The hummingbird, a migratory bird, is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Pursuant to Federal regulations, it is illegal to take, possess, import, export, transport, or sell a hummingbird, or its parts, nests, or eggs, except under the terms of a valid permit.

Ms. Macias-Martinez admitted the dried hummingbird carcasses she acquired were illegally imported and smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Without a valid permit or authorization, Ms. Macias-Martinez offered the dried hummingbird carcasses for sale in her store.

She further admitted to both possessing and selling dozens of dried hummingbird carcasses of different species each of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Ms. Macias-Martinez faces up to 5 years in federal prison, a$250,000 fine, and restitution for her crimes. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, IRS-Criminal Investigations, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Douglas Brasher is prosecuting this case.

Source: Texas Police News

Grapevine Police arrests two robbery suspects after a foot chase and search Thursday evening

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downloadOn Monday, August 17, a Lyft driver was robbed at gunpoint. In a separate incident on Wednesday, a man’s car was stolen, and the suspects attempted to take his wallet. Surveillance video captured images of the suspects. 

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, a Grapevine Police employee spotted the suspects walking near Ira E. Woods and Mustang Drive. The employee called for officers, who responded in marked patrol vehicles. 

As officers approached, the three suspects ran away, and officers began searching the area. One suspect was caught a short time later and taken to jail. 

Officers requested canine assistance from surrounding law enforcement agencies to help find the other suspects. However, the search was called off about an hour later. 

While a patrol officer was canvassing the area for evidence and speaking with neighbors, the officer discovered one of the suspects hiding under a shed. He was arrested without incident. 

One 17-year-old faces charges for Evading Arrest Detention and Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. He is additionally held on a felony warrant out of Fort Worth for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. 

Another 17-year-old faces charges for Evading Arrest Detention and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

A third suspect has been identified as a resident of another city, and detectives are working on a warrant for his arrest. 

Grapevine Police want to thank all of the neighbors, businesses, and witnesses who helped during the investigation and search, as well as our law enforcement colleagues from Trophy Club, Watauga, and North Richland Hills for their assistance.

Suspect names cannot be released until after arraignment. Both suspects have been transported to Tarrant County Jail, and should be arraigned soon.

Grapevine Police have taken a juvenile into custody following a pursuit that ended in Southlake

gpdAt 7:04 a.m., today, officers were dispatched to a major accident at the SH-114/SH-121 split near Main Street. The juvenile driver of a stolen vehicle struck the barrier dividing the two highways. A Good Samaritan stopped to help and called 911. The driver of the stolen car then stole the Good Samaritan’s truck and drove away. A witness followed the suspect until police located the suspect, and a pursuit began.

The suspect drove into a cul-de-sac on Chaparral Court in Grapevine. A Grapevine officer got out of his patrol vehicle to approach the suspect, and the suspect drove towards the officer. The officer fired four rounds towards the moving truck because he thought he was going to get hit by the truck. Two bullets hit the suspect’s vehicle, none struck the suspect.

The suspect continued to flee, crashing into another vehicle near Moss Lane and East Dove in Southlake. The suspect then jumped out and started running south through a Southlake neighborhood. Witnesses saw him go into a backyard.

Police set up a perimeter and conducted a search, while DPS Air-One helped search for the suspect from the sky.

Officers located the suspect at 8:22 a.m. and took him into custody. He was transported to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Grapevine for treatment of a police K-9 bite. The juvenile has been identified as a 15-year-old male. The investigation is ongoing and multiple charges are expected.

The officer who fired his weapon is uninjured, and is now on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of a full investigation.

Grapevine Police thank Grapevine Fire, DPS Air One, and Southlake Police and Fire for their assistance in this case.

Good Samaritan finds toddler alone on side of highway, works with police

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GRAPEVINE, TX-Grapevine Police are working with Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) after finding a toddler alone on the side of a highway.  

At approximately 4:30 a.m. a Grapevine Officer was dispatched to the 2500 block of South SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road. A driver noticed a child, approximately two years old, walking along the shoulder. He stopped to help and called 911. 

Officers made sure the child was not hurt, but the child was not able to give a name or address. Police checked the surrounding neighborhood and found no signs of the child’s parents. No child was reported missing at the time, so the child was taken into custody by CPS.  

Approximately three hours later, Grapevine Police were able to locate the child’s parents. The family is now working with CPS to determine the next steps. Grapevine Police remain in contact with CPS, and the case is still under investigation.

Grapevine Police applaud the good Samaritan who saw the toddler along the highway and stayed with the child until officers arrived.

Grapevine PD update on fight at park

96539563_3284796338198503_5428718441714417664_nThe Grapevine Police Department wants to update everyone about a fight that occurred last week at one of our lake parks.

Several videos surfaced after the incident, showing one of the participants on the ground during the melee. Rumors about his injuries began to spread on social media, and we wanted to check on his welfare.

We have identified the 22-year-old man seen in the video, and have confirmed that he is okay. We appreciate everyone who came forward with videos and tips, and are grateful to have such an involved community that cares about the people we serve.

Our detectives worked incessantly to identify the 22-year-old man. On more than one occasion, witnesses and known involved parties refused to identify him so we could check his welfare. It shows the high level of dedication and professionalism that detectives continued their efforts until they knew for certain the man was fine.

Grapevine Police arrest a man for coughing into an officer’s face, claiming he has Coronavirus

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GRAPEVINE, TX – Grapevine Police arrested a man for coughing into an officer’s face and claiming he had coronavirus. 27-year-old Jonathan Dechoudens is charged with Harassment of a Public Servant, a 3rd degree felony. 

On Friday, April 3, at approximately 12:45am, a Grapevine Police officer was sitting in his marked patrol unit in a parking lot off of Northwest Highway, with his driver’s side window down. Dechoudens ran up to his window and began to cough in his face, stating he was infected with coronavirus. When the officer confronted Dechoudens, he was told it was a joke. 

The officer, fearing exposure to the potentially life-threatening illness, called in additional units and medics to screen Dechoudens for symptoms. Once cleared, Jonathan Dechoudens was arrested and booked into jail. He was first booked for Terroristic Threat, but after consultation with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, the charge was changed to Harassment of Public Servant.

The Grapevine Police officer who was coughed on continues to monitor his health daily, and remains free of symptoms. He was cleared to continue working, and is temperature-checked before beginning each shift, as are all employees who enter the Grapevine Public Safety Building.

The Grapevine Police Department values the safety of the community and its officers, and will continue to ensure that all first responders do their part to slow the spread of the virus. This includes wearing personal protective gear (PPE) as needed, utilizing sanitizing liquids and wipes, and checking all suspects for symptoms of coronavirus before they are taken to jail. Anyone who claims they are trying to give the virus to another person will face charges.