A massive house party involving teens drinking alcohol isn’t exactly new, but how about one where the homeowner hides from police along with the kids? What do you make of this? Read on.
At 8:51 p.m. on Friday, officers busted a party in the 3700 block of Crescent Avenue, where they found about 45 underage drinkers — including several Highland Park High School students — in the pool house, not counting many others who scaled a fence in the back yard when the cops started knocking on the door.
After they found some cans of Coors Light scattered around the pool area, the officers questioned some of the tipsy teens, then tried unsuccessfully to reach the homeowners. Two of the children lied about their parents not being home, because shortly afterward, their mother came down the stairs after trying to hide from police.
She was cited for failure to supervise a child, and a 17-year-old HPHS junior was cited for minor in possession. Others were released to the custody of their parents.
A Dallas police officer was arrested early Sunday morning in Highland Park on charges of driving while intoxicated and evading arrest.
Aaron Rodarte, 25, of Irving was taken into custody at 3:18 a.m. by the Highland Park Department of Public Safety in the 4500 block of Mockingbird Lane.
There aren’t many other details at this point, although Rodarte has been placed on administrative leave by DPD, pending an investigation. He is assigned to the department’s South Central Patrol Division.
The Highland Park Department of Public Safety recently arrested three suspects in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries, and is requesting your help in finding a fourth.
HPDPS arrested the first suspect on Nov. 13 and two others on Nov. 21, in the process returning some of the stolen property to the victims. But not all of the offenses were connected to these suspects, according to Sgt. Lance Koppa.
Specifically, police are searching for someone who used stolen credit cards at various Walmart stores in the Dallas area that were taken from vehicles in HP. In most instances, the cards were used shortly after they were taken, and since the burglaries took place in the overnight hours, the cards weren’t reported stolen until after they had been used multiple times. The most popular purchases, perhaps not surprisingly, were gift cards.
We’ll update with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, anybody with information is asked to call HPDPS at 214-521-5000.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Heavy Lifting
At 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 13, a burglar broke into a red 2009 Chrysler 300 at Miracle Mileand stole a Tom Ford purse, a Nancy Gonzalez purse, and two Prada purses with a combined value of $10,950. While trying to flee, the perpetrator ran into a parked black 2009 Cadillac Escalade, causing $1,000 in damage.
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Between 4:15 and 5 p.m., a thief stole a leather wallet containing $125 in cash from a purse inside a shopping cart at Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive.
At 1:36 a.m., a thief stole $60 in cash from a 2011 GMC Yukon in the 3500 block of Potomac Avenue. The perpetrator was spotted on video jumping a fence from the alley to reach the driveway, where the SUV was parked.
Between 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief stole a $400 pair of Persol sunglasses and a $150 pair of headphones from an unlocked black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 3700 block of Potomac Avenue. The miscreant also took a fire extinguisher, a credit-card case, and paperwork from an unlocked black 2010 GMC Yukon in front of the same house.
There’s an update on the imprisoned Dallas man who was charged earlier this fall with a sexual assault in University Park, near the SMU campus.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Torey Jamal Harris, 23, has now been charged in another aggravated sexual assault case stemming from an incident in Grand Prairie in April. He also faces charges from September assaults near SMU and Navarro College in Corsicana.
Apparently DNA evidence connected him with the third crime. He remains in the Navarro County Jail.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Smashing Pumpkins
At 2 a.m., masked vandals used a machete to cause $40 in damage to pumpkins on the porch of a house in the 3500 block of St. Johns Drive. The homeowner saw two miscreants commit the act on his security camera, including one wearing a Highland Park High School letter jacket. A neighbor also had some damaged pumpkins.
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At 8:55 p.m., officers began chasing a burglary suspect after spotting a suspicious blue 1990 Dodge Dakota in the 4400 block of Bordeaux Avenue. The driver tried to evade police along Lomo Alto, Armstrong, Arcady, Roland, Mockingbird, Douglas, Fairfield, Preston, Beverly, and Eastern. After numerous traffic violations, the pickup headed southbound on the Dallas North Tollway, and the chase reached 110 mph before police lost sight of the suspect and ended the pursuit.
At 3:30 a.m., Aaron Rashaad Williams, 34, of Arlington was arrested in the 5100 block of Hillcrest Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
At 2:20 p.m., a contractor in the 3800 block of Shenandoah Avenue reported the theft of a $400 backpack-style Echo leaf blower from the bed of a 2012 Ford F-350 pickup.
At 1 p.m., a shopper looking at neckties stole an iPhone 6 from a table inside Q Custom Clothier at Highland Park Village while an employee was distracted.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Locker Larceny
Between 2 and 3 p.m., a thief broke into a locker at Park Cities YMCA and stole a $2,500 Apple laptop computer, a $300 Samsung cell phone, a $100 ring, a $40 wallet, a $20 pocketknife, a $10 flashlight, and the keys to a white 2011 Ford F-150 pickup, valued at $35,000, which also was stolen.
At 2:35 a.m., Victor Alfonso Alarcon, 29, of Dallas was arrested in the 3400 block of Knox Street on a public intoxication charge.
Between 5 p.m. on Oct. 24 and 7 a.m. on Oct. 27, a thief stole 30 sheets of particle board from outside a residential construction site in the 4300 block of Arcady Avenue.
At 10:47 a.m., Michael Sterling Curry, 25, of Fort Worth was arrested in the 4700 block of Drexel Drive on two charges of assaulting a family member.
At 11:26 a.m., a resident of the 4300 block of Edmondson Avenue reported the overnight theft of a $1,300 Louis Vuitton handbag and an $800 Louis Vuitton wallet containing $200 in cash from an unlocked white 2014 Audi Q5 inside an open detached garage. By the time the victim discovered the larceny, the perpetrator already had used two of the enclosed credit cards.
Home security will be the topic of a meeting of the Caruth Hills & Homeplace Neighborhood Association on Wednesday at the University Park Public Library.
The event includes a social hour with light refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. and a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. with officers from the UP and Dallas police departments, as well as insurance representatives and security consultants. It’s free and open to the public.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Easy Pickins
Between 6 a.m. on Oct. 21 and 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 22, a thief stole a $500 Prada wallet from an unlocked gray 2007 Lincoln Navigator in the 4000 block of Miramar Avenue. The driver left the windows rolled down, but the perpetrator didn’t take a $3,500 Chanel purse, a $1,200 diamond bracelet, or the car keys on the center console.
At 5:44 p.m., Matthew Joshua Smith, 26, of Dallas was arrested in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive on a criminal trespass charge.
At 4:07 p.m., David Andrew Swain, 24, of Plano was arrested in the 3200 block of Mockingbird Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Between 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, a thief stole the license plates from a black 2014 Mercedes E350 in the 4200 block of Lakeside Drive.
At 1:58 a.m., Bryce David Smith, 31, of Dallas was arrested in the3700 block of Armstrong Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Gettin’ Ciggy With It
At 2:34 p.m. on Oct. 15, a shoplifter stole a $1,050 Ciggy suede clutch and a $450 pair of Eyestelle sunglasses from the Jimmy Choo store at Highland Park Village. The female suspect put the items in her purse before she fled in a white Lexus SUV.
At 8:01 a.m., Damian Paul Spencer Hafley, 35, of Flatonia was arrested in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue on charges of burglary of a vehicle and evading arrest.
Between 9 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 7:20 a.m. on Oct. 14, a burglar broke into a black 2008 GMC Yukon in the 4500 block of Lorraine Avenue and stole a third-row seat, valued at $1,500, along with $1,300 worth of lacrosse equipment.
Between 10 p.m. on Oct. 14 and 7:40 a.m. on Oct. 15, a thief stole an iPod from an unlocked black 2011 Range Rover in the 4000 block of Lexington Avenue. The perpetrator also rummaged through a white 2008 Lexus SUV in the same driveway but didn’t take anything.
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