Category Archives: GRAPEVINE POLICE DEPT

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 PD spreads some cheer

Here’s an uplifting video from Grapevine Police Department. The singer is Senior Officer Willie Lain.

The City of Grapevine Strongly Discourages ALL Social Gatherings and Egg Hunts at Parks

NEWS RELEASE

gpdThe Easter holiday is normally one of the busiest days of the year in the Grapevine park system. Due to elevated lake levels at Grapevine Lake, most Lake Parks and Boat Ramps are closed and there is very limited parking or vehicle access. To see an inclusive list of parks and trails, please visit GoGrapevine.com/Explore. The Grapevine Police Department will have officers patrolling around public parks on bicycle and ATV. Anyone parked illegally on roadways is at risk of a citation.  

In addition, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are asking residents to stay home and limit park visits to short walks or bike rides (if needed) to prevent gatherings and crowded areas. We want to remind everyone that while physical activities like exercise are considered essential, social gatherings like egg hunts, group picnics, parties and other group activities are not allowed. We encourage residents to egg hunt at home and stay safe.

The City of Grapevine has enforced the following restrictions declared by the Tarrant County Declaration which states that residents should stay home and only leave for essential outings.

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.

Arrests in Organized Criminal Activity

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GRAPEVINE, Texas  –  Four juveniles and one adult face multiple charges after a pursuit overnight in Grapevine.

On Friday, March 6, 2020, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Grapevine Police officers responded to a 911 call about a burglary in progress at a home in the 500 block of Woodhill Court.  An officer located an SUV nearby that matched the suspect vehicle description.  He activated his emergency lights, but the suspect vehicle sped away.  

A pursuit began on Post Oak Road, traveled through Grapevine, and ended on the service road of south SH-121 in Euless.  Five people in the suspect vehicle jumped out in a parking lot in the 2600 block of SH-121 and ran in multiple directions.

The vehicle pursuit involved two Grapevine PD units, while Euless PD assisted in the foot chase.  In the end, all five suspects were found and taken into custody.  Nobody was injured in the pursuit or foot chase.  

Four of the suspects, a 12-year-old and three 14-year-olds, were transferred to a juvenile detention center, while 18-year-old Sergio Ortiz was booked into the Grapevine Jail.  All five suspects are residents of Fort Worth.

During the investigation, Grapevine Police discovered the suspects were driving a vehicle that was stolen out of Fort Worth.  Various stolen property was also located inside, and personnel are processing the items to be returned to owners.

Charges include: Burglary of Habitation, Evading Arrest Detention, Theft of Property $30,000-$150,000, Warrant- Other City, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Evading Arrest Detention w/Vehicle, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Poss CS PG 3 < 28 G, Poss Marj 2oz>, and Burglary of Vehicle.

Any victims from the neighborhood around Woodhill Court whose vehicle was burglarized must first make a police report for items stolen.  Recovered property will be reunited with owners based on information given in the police reports.  Victims should call the non-emergency police number to begin the process of making a report.  The Grapevine Police non-emergency dispatch line is available 24/7 at: 817.410.8127

Not all suspects face all of the charges. Ortiz is charged with: Resisting Arrest Search or Transport, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Theft of Property $30,000-$150,000, and Evading Arrest Detention.

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Sergio Ortiz

Former Carroll coach arrested for child misconduct

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GRAPEVINE, Texas    Grapevine Police issued arrest warrants for a man accused of sexual assault of a child.

 45-year-old Anthony Clark faces three charges of Sexual Assault-Child, a second degree felony.  All three charges involve the same victim, who was 15 years old at the time of the offenses in 1999 and 2000.  The victim came forward in January, 2020.  

Clark was a volleyball coach at Carroll High School when he met the victim outside of campus, and he worked for Lewisville ISD at the time of the offenses.  All of the crimes occurred in Grapevine, but Clark was never employed by GCISD.  In addition to Carroll ISD and Lewisville ISD, Clark has also worked at schools in Keller ISD and White Settlement ISD.  He is no longer employed at a school.  

No other victims have made allegations against Clark.  Anybody who was a victim, or any parent who believes their child could be a victim should contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.  

Anthony Clark was booked into the Tarrant County Jail on Monday, March 2, 2020.  Bond is set at $25,000 for each charge, for a total of $75,000.  

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Anthony Clark (Photo: Tarrant County Sheriff)

Update on Injured Bobcat

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Courtesy of Grapevine Police

An injured bobcat last seen on Monday has been found in Grapevine. Shortly before noon on Saturday, February 29, 2020, Grapevine Police and Grapevine Animal Services were notified that a homeowner spotted the animal on some property along Parr Lane. 

Officers were able to confirm the bobcat still had the illegal foot trap attached to its leg, and called in additional assistance from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden.  The injured animal was hiding under a shed, and moved into some nearby hay as experts approached.  A Fort Worth Code Compliance Officer tranquilized the bobcat so workers could move it safely.

The bobcat was taken to Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, where its leg and overall health were evaluated.  While under sedation, medical professionals discovered the bobcat was emaciated, septic, and had a heart murmur, and they determined the animal would not survive surgery.  As a result, the decision was made to humanely euthanize the bobcat.

The safety of our community and protection of all life remains a top priority for Grapevine Police and Grapevine Animal Services.  We are grateful nobody was hurt in a confrontation with this injured and scared animal.  Plans were already in place for a rehabilitation and wildlife sanctuary to care for the bobcat, and we appreciate the specialists who were willing to take in the animal.  

We thank everyone who helped in this case, from the concerned homeowners and neighborhood groups, to the animal hospital, game warden and animal services workers from outside agencies who offered their support and resources.  We hope this case serves as a serious reminder that the type of foot trap used on this bobcat is not allowed in our City.  Anyone who has questions about humanely trapping wildlife can call Grapevine Animal Services at 817.410.3370.

UPDATE: BIG NEWS: HISTORIC ROBERSON FARMHOUSE MOVE on 3/5/20

We are thrilled to announce that The City of Grapevine will be moving the historic Roberson Farmhouse, built in 1905, located at 117 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound to 608 South Dooley Street in the Historic Grapevine Township.

Fairway Drive will be temporarily closed on the rescheduled date of Thursday, March 5 from 8:30am – 12:30pm to accommodate this move. View the route map at bit.ly/2vqCyFZ.

The R. J. and Manie (Farley) Roberson Farmhouse is located on a plateau above Denton Creek, at Grapevine’s Rockledge Park.  R. J. Roberson operated a large farming operation and dealt extensively in livestock. The Roberson’s farm covered 400 acres on the north side of Denton Creek. In 1947, the majority of the farm became a part of Grapevine Lake. R. J. lived there until his passing in 1933. The house was retained and Manie lived there until her death at age 87 in 1962.

The Stewart family and Sunset Legacy LP donated the Roberson Farmhouse to the City of Grapevine. The Farmhouse is being moved and restored because of its significance and importance to the history of the development of the City of Grapevine. Funding for its move and exterior restoration is provided through the Grapevine Township Revitalization Program.

Police searching for injured bobcat in Grapevine

By Catherine Marfin, Breaking News Reporter

Grapevine police are searching for an injured bobcat near Parr Park Sprayground.

Police said in a tweet that the bobcat stepped on an illegal foot trap and might become aggressive if approached.

Grapevine police are working with the game warden and neighboring agencies in order to safely capture the bobcat and assess its injury.

Anyone who sees the bobcat should call 911.

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Grapevine Man Charged with Felony

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GRAPEVINE, Texas – Grapevine Police issued an arrest warrant for Indecency with a Child-Sexual Contact.

55-year-old Jeffrey Brooks faces a charge of Indecency with a Child-Sexual Contact, a second degree felony. He turned himself in for the warrant on January 28, 2020, and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Brooks is accused of making sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl in 2005 at Grapevine Faith Christian School.

The victim came forward in late 2019, after learning Brooks was employed as a teacher at South Euless Elementary.

No other allegations have been made against Brooks. Any parent who believes their child could be a victim should contact Grapevine Police at (817) 410-3236 or their local law enforcement agency immediately.