Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2009]
About 9:30 he was driving east on Washington (north Arlington) and felt like he was being followed. The car ahead of him kept speeding up and then slowing down. Suddenly the car ahead of him stopped & the driver fell out of the car and appeared to be having a seizure. Dennis stopped to try to help him and as he reached to open his door, he realized that his door was being jerked open and he was beaten on his head with about
Dennis was close to home and drove home immediately and called the police. They came out and brought the Gang Unit with them. Dennis was advised that this is happening very often and he asked why the public wasn't being made aware of it. He was then told that since that part of Arlington is the entertainment district, they don't want the word out because they are afraid it will hurt attendance at events in that area. The police did ask him to tell people if this happens to them, to drive off, not to stop,and to call 911 immediately.
I was telling a friend about this on Saturday and he said that he knows a couple in South Arlington who had this same thing happen to them the same week on Sublett in
Be careful out there!!!
Origins: A crime like the one detailed above, involving criminals who faked a medical emergency in order to lure a good samaritan out of his car and rob him, took place in Arlington, Texas, in May 2009. However, according to Deputy Chief Barry L. Hines of the Arlington Police Department, this incident was not, as claimed in a widely circulated
On Friday May 8, 2009, at about 11 p.m., a robbery offense occurred on Washington Drive in North Arlington. One suspect in the offense staged a
My message to you and the public is always be aware of your surroundings. Criminals often look for ways to distract people or play on their emotions as a way to victimize them. This type of criminal use many tactics, including asking for help in a lottery scam via email or distracting you, while somebody steals your purse. These crimes happen in all cities, so while being friendly and helpful is an admirable Texas trait you should also be cautious.
Deputy Chief Barry L. Hines, B.A., M.S.
Arlington Police Department - North Police District
Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center
620 West Division Street
Arlington, Texas 76011
On Friday, May 8, at about 11 p.m. a man stopped at an ATM in North Arlington to withdraw some cash. When he left the ATM, he pulled onto the street near the intersection of Washington and Lincoln and stopped behind a light-colored Chevrolet Impala that might have been a late 1970s model. The Impala did not pull into the street when it was the driver's turn to go. The man noticed that the Impala's driver door was open and the driver was grabbing his throat as if choking. So the man got out of his vehicle to assist. When he opened his door, he was hit in the head and face by a second man, and his wallet was stolen. The robbery suspect fled into a nearby apartment complex and the driver of the Impala drove away.
The victim in this case has talked to police since the email has started circulating and he has said that many of the details in it are wrong.