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.
Law enforcement officials in Central Texas hope the arrest of a man accused of selling a fake Texas temporary license plate could lead to more information about who is behind a series of Facebook ads advertising bogus tags for sale.
The arrest comes as welcome news for a Fort Worth car dealer, whose company name has been used on fictitious tags that the dealership did not issue.
As NBC 5 Investigates has reported, numerous ads seen on Facebook Marketplace in recent months have offered fraudulent tags containing the name of a Fort Worth car dealer, Powerplay Motors. But the license numbers that appear on those tags were not issued by Powerplay.
The presiding judge has not yet set a date for the criminal trial of a former Fort Worth police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson in October 2019.
Mayor Mattie Parker on Friday shared a message with the Fort Worth community regarding the pending trial timeline:
“I hear, and share in, our community’s growing concern regarding the criminal trial of former City of Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean.
“Until this criminal trial is resolved, Fort Worth cannot reconcile or move forward as a more unified community, and more importantly, Atatiana Jefferson’s family and friends cannot begin to find healing.
“The full responsibility and sole authority to set the trial date lies with Judge Hagerman, and the city has no control over when the trial moves forward. I realize that Tarrant County courts are balancing a full docket with hundreds of cases that are lagging behind schedule due to the effects of the pandemic.
“Despite these obstacles, it is imperative that a trial date be set as soon as possible.
“As mayor, I am committed to ensuring the City of Fort Worth honors Atatiana Jefferson’s legacy and the family she left behind. I will be reaching out to her family to listen and better understand the best ways to accomplish that goal.”
The three biggest cities in North Texas are all searching for new police chiefs — Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington. But all may be looking for something different. Former Arlington PD Chief Theron Bowman, who is now a nationally known police consultant, joins Good Day to talk about each city.
Updated at 8:35 p.m. Monday, May 20 with new information on Michael Webb’s bond amount.
Editor’s note: Due to the horrifying nature of this crime and the fact that the victim is a minor, WFAA will no longer show Salem Sabatka’s picture.
Less than 24 hours after she was kidnapped from her mother while taking a walk in their Fort Worth neighborhood, 8-year-old Salem Sabatka is back with her family and her suspected kidnapper is behind bars.
Police have not yet released a motive for the kidnapping, carried out by 51-year-old Michael Webb of Tyler, who has a criminal record with a history of terroristic threats, sex assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among others, according to records.