November 19, 2014

  • Rape Suspect Linked to Third Crime

    Torey Harris

    Torey Harris

    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.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 18, 2014

  • Police Report: November 3 to November 9

    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.



    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.

    7 FRIDAY
    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.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 18, 2014 | 12:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 11, 2014

  • Police Report: October 27 to November 2


    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.


    27 MONDAY    

    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.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 11, 2014 | 2:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Learn About Home Security at UP Library

    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.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 11, 2014 | 8:40 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 4, 2014

  • Police Report: October 20 to October 26


    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.


    20 MONDAY
    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.

    21 TUESDAY
    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.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 4, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 28, 2014

  • Police Report: October 13 to October 19

    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.


    13 MONDAY
    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.

    14 TUESDAY
    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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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 28, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 27, 2014

  • Pickup Driver Killed After SMU Police Chase

    The driver of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup was killed near the intersection of Mockingbird and Greenville avenues late Sunday after he fled a traffic stop by SMU police.

    The Dallas Morning News has some details about the wreck, which came after a brief chase involving Dallas police that ended in a collision with another pickup.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 12:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 21, 2014

  • Police Report: October 6 to October 12

    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Close to The Vest

    Between 4:10 and 5:25 p.m. on Oct. 8, a shoplifter stole a mink, leather, and cashmere vest, valued at $13,975, from Loro Piana at Highland Park Village. Surveillance cameras captured footage of a woman browsing through clothing, and trying on boots and capes. When an employee was distracted, she hid the vest underneath her skirt, and later paid cash for a $50 bar of soap before leaving the store.


    6 MONDAY
    Between 5 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 6, a burglar broke into a gray 2012 GMC Yukon in the 4600 block of Livingston Avenue and stole a third-row seat, valued at $3,000. The thief also caused $300 in damage to the Yukon.

    At 9:30 a.m., a resident of the 3200 block of Dartmouth Avenuereported the theft of $200 worth of tools, a $30 iPad charger, and a $30 iPhone charger from an unlocked tan Ford F-350 pickup during the overnight hours of Oct. 2.

    10 FRIDAY
    Between 4 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 10, a burglar broke into a silver 2010 GMC Yukon XL in the 4500 block of Southern Avenue and stole a third-row seat.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 21, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 14, 2014

  • Police Report: September 29 to October 5

    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Not A Pretty Picture

    Between 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 29, a thief stole $12,199 worth of photography equipment from an unlocked room at Highland Park High School. Surveillance cameras caught a glimpse of the miscreant, and when he returned to the campus around 6 p.m. on Sept. 30, an officer confronted him. Nicholas Eric Villegas, 18, of North Richland Hills was arrested on a burglary charge. Most of the stolen items have been recovered and returned.


    29 MONDAY
    Between 7:30 and 10:50 a.m., a thief stole a blue 2006 Ford F250 pickup with 37-inch tires and chrome rims, valued at $2,000, from the 4000 block of Gillon Avenue.

    At 1:12 p.m., a passerby reported finding clothes and toiletries hanging from some bushes in Lakeside Park. Among the items were a blue button-up shirt, a blue “Obama ’08” T-shirt, a pair of blue slacks, a white undershirt, a pair of white underwear, a tube of Crest toothpaste, a toothbrush, a bar of Irish Spring soap, a razor, a brush, a white towel, and a can of Barbasol shaving cream.

    At 2:52 p.m., a woman reported that between 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. on Sept. 27, a thief entered an unlocked silver 2005 Chevrolet Equinox in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue and stole $40 in cash and a driver’s license.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 14, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 7, 2014

  • Police Report: September 23 to September 28

    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Texting + Driving = Crashing

    At 9:05 p.m. on Sept. 25, the driver of a white 2012 Cadillac Escalade was texting while driving in the 4200 block of Lakeside Avenue when she hit a tree, then froze with her foot on the gas, traveling on to the sidewalk before hitting a brick wall. The driver was not injured, but the incident caused $2,000 in damage to the wall.


    23 TUESDAY
    At 12:08 p.m., Brian David Burnett, 44, of San Diego was arrested in the 4500 block of Mockingbird Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

    26 FRIDAY
    Between 1 and 1:15 p.m., a thief stole a $560 BOB double jogging stroller from a driveway in the 3300 block of Dartmouth Avenue. A babysitter left the stroller in the driveway for a few minutes after having difficulty opening the electric gate in the alley.

    At 2:30 p.m., a thief stole a cloth bag containing assorted tools from an unlocked black 2006 Chevrolet pickup belonging to a pool cleaner in the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive.

    At 7:36 p.m., a resident of the 4500 block of Belfort Placereported the theft of $116,100 worth of jewelry and $100 in cash from a master bedroom closet sometime since Sept. 22.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 7, 2014 | 3:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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