Category Archives: GRAPEVINE POLICE DEPT

Grapevine Police Media Manager Earns International Award

Grapevine Police Media Manager Amanda McNew is the 2021 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Public Information Management Award Winner. The announcement was made during the General Assembly of the IACP Annual Conference on Monday, September 13, 2021.

The IACP Leadership in Public Information Management Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual public information officer and his or her ability to effectively disseminate information to the public. It is the highest international honor awarded to a public information officer in the field of law enforcement. 

Upon hiring by the Grapevine Police Department, Amanda McNew quickly identified areas of improvement, including changes to social media posts, a new delivery style for news releases, the development of crisis communications plans, and the creation of a network of neighboring PIOs to aid in the case of a critical incident.

McNew’s accomplishments as a public information officer include messaging with local and national media during critical incidents, community response to civil unrest, various social media campaigns and public safety announcements, a drive-through event for National Night Out, and her continued work helping educate other public information officers in north Texas, where she serves as Vice Chair of the North Texas PIO Group.

“I could not be more proud of the recognition and award Amanda received this year from the IACP.  She does an amazing job, every day, for us and has elevated our ability to communicate and serve our community members.  I’m very thankful she is on our team, as she continues to make a significant impact in our daily operations and the communications we provide,” said Chief Mike Hamlin.

The Grapevine Police Department congratulates Media Manager Amanda McNew on earning this prestigious honor, and thanks the International Association of Chiefs of Police for honoring this emerging issue in public safety.

TX Governor to Honor Grapevine Officer with Medal

Hudson at Bike Rodeo Practice Course

Grapevine Police Officer RJ Hudson will receive the Star of Texas Award, presented by Governor Greg Abbott, on Friday, September 10, 2021, in Austin. The award honors first responders killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

On October 19, 2017, Officer Hudson was traveling south on SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road when an SUV swerved into his lane and hit his police motorcycle. Officer Hudson suffered dozens of broken bones, lacerations and internal injuries. He was hospitalized for over a month before being released on Thanksgiving. His rigorous recovery routine earned him back to full duty on November 4, 2019.

Hudson’s strength, perseverance and unwavering spirit carried him through nearly two years of surgeries and intense physical therapies in order to return to full duty. The Grapevine Police Department is proud of Officer Hudson’s hard work and dedication, and is in full appreciation of Governor Greg Abbott’s recognition of his service.

Hudson’s ceremony can be watched live at 10:30am through the Governor’s website https://gov.texas.gov/organization/cjd/star-of-texas.

Since returning to the Traffic Division as a motorcycle officer, Officer Hudson has spoken to various officers and police recruits about both the dangers of law enforcement and traffic accidents, and the importance of a positive mind to overcome challenges.

You can also see Officer Hudson, along with several other agencies’ motorcycle units this week at the Back the Blue Motorcycle Rodeo benefitting Spokes 4 Hope. It will be held in the parking lot of Grapevine Mills (Lot 1B) Friday and Saturday. The public is invited to watch the competition and practice rides.

Grapevine Police are investigating a vehicle crash that killed a 24-year-old Fort Worth man

At approximately 10:15 pm on Thursday, September 2, Grapevine Police responded to 9-1-1 calls about a car that had rear-ended a semi-trailer on Westbound I-635 at N SH-121 Southbound.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a 4-door sedan partially under the rear of the trailer.  Firefighters arrived on scene and determined the driver was deceased.

The roadway was closed and traffic was diverted Northbound on SH-121 for approximately three hours while a crash team investigated the accident.  There were no other passengers in the car, and the driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.

The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the driver’s name pending contact with next of kin.

Grapevine PD Offers New Telecommunicators Hiring Bonus

The Grapevine Police Department is proud to announce a new hiring incentive to encourage qualified candidates to apply with GPD as a Telecommunicator, more commonly known as an emergency dispatcher. 

The hiring bonus is $1200 for new hires: $600 upon hire, $300 upon successful completion of the initial probationary period, and $300 upon completion of a successful 1-year period. Success is measured by a passing evaluation. 

Telecommunicators are in great demand across north Texas, and as a designated first responder, it is critical to find the best women and men eager to serve the community and save lives. Telecommunicators who are hired full-time with Grapevine Police are eligible for the new hiring bonus, along with some of the best city benefits in the area, including paid time off, insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement, and free membership to the city’s rec center. 

Grapevine Police values all of our first responders, and knows the burden being placed on current employees until new hires are trained. With the support of city leaders, a critical staffing bonus is also being issued to current Telecommunicators, equal to $2400 for full-time employees.

The Department thanks all of the police officers and firefighters who are voluntarily serving in Telecommunicator roles until new candidates are hired and trained. The solidarity and support seen among all first responders is one of the reasons why joining the Telecommunicator team with Grapevine Police is so appealing and rewarding. Anyone who can multi-task, specifically listen over the phone while typing and sending out information, should apply for this highly-respected career. 

A full job description, in addition to benefits and working conditions can be found online. Job seekers can go to GrapevinePD.org.

Grapevine Police investigating single vehicle fatality crash

PRESS RELEASE

At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3, Grapevine Police responded to 9-1-1 calls regarding a vehicle that drove at high speed into a road sign and pillar on the connector from northbound SH-121 to FM-2499.

The first officer on the scene noticed the front end of the car was crushed and ran up to the driver’s side window to render aid. The officer broke the glass to reach the driver and discovered the man behind the wheel was unresponsive and pinned in place. Firefighters arrived on scene and EMTs determined the driver was deceased. He was 25 years old.

The exit from westbound I-635 to northbound SH-121 was closed for approximately three hours while a crash team investigated the accident. No one else was in the car, and no other drivers were hurt.

Traffic investigators determined that the driver continued straight as the road curved, causing the vehicle to crash head-on into the road sign and pillar. The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The medical examiner will release the driver’s name after notifying next of kin.

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. 

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

PRESS RELEASE

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’ names will be released after arraignment in Tarrant County. 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.