Category Archives: GRAPEVINE POLICE DEPT

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.

GPD Warns Against Leaving Vehicles Unlocked

1D6lwT_S_00C7RLyQ00The Grapevine Police Department is still taking burglary reports involving UNLOCKED cars. Many are happening in apartment complexes and parking lots. Items taken included wallets, credit cards, and in one case a firearm.

These types of burglaries often lead to credit/debit card abuse and identity theft. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to limit a criminal’s ability and opportunity to commit crime.

While it only takes a few seconds to secure your valuables and lock the doors, it also only takes a few seconds for thieves to check the handle and steal from unlocked cars.

Remember, the appearance of something valuable is enough to lure a thief. You may know your backpack is empty, but a thief could think it’s holding a laptop. One reason SUVs and pickups are common targets is because they don’t have a trunk to hold valuables. Owners generally just hide their valuables out of sight. Thieves know this, and can check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats in mere seconds.

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 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

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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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Dechoudens, Jonathan

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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.

Ortiz, Sergio

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.  

Anthony-Clark

Anthony Clark (Photo: Tarrant County Sheriff)