Homicide Investigation in the 9800 block Glengreen Drive

Updated on April 21, 2019 at 10:50 a.m.,

Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify suspect Olajuwon Brown, a Black male 18-years-old, as one of the suspects involved in the murder of victim Brandon Small. Video evidence collected shows Brown fleeing the location holding a pistol.  Once identified, he agreed to a voluntary interview at Dallas Police Headquarters  where he waived his Miranda rights and gave a voluntary statement. Brown was subsequently arrested for murder and placed in jail.  His bond will be set by the magistrate.

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On April 20, 2019, at 9:10 a.m., Dallas Police responded to a shooting call at 9839 Glengreen Drive.  Upon arrival, they found the victim Brandon Small, a Black male 28-years-old, deceased from a gunshot wound.  Another victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Witnesses reported 3-4 Black males flee the location immediately after the shooting and enter a tan colored 4-door sedan.

Dallas Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident contact Det. Grubbs with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3675, or david.grubbsjr@dallascityhall.com. Please reference case #078167-2019.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses. Call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

April’s Officer of the Month – Senior Corporal Tracy Forsha, #9878

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The Dallas Community Police Awards Committee recognized Senior Corporal Tracy Forsha, #9878, as April’s Officer of the Month.  A luncheon ceremony was held in her honor at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service located at 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, Texas.

Senior Corporal Forsha is a nine-year veteran of the department and is currently assigned to the Open Records Unit.  During her career, Senior Corporal Forsha has been assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division, North Central Patrol Division, and the Southeast Patrol Division where she spent time as a Field Training Officer.

According to her supervisor, Sergeant Colton Johnson, Senior Corporal Tracy Forsha is an extremely dedicated officer and exemplifies teamwork daily. She has recently taken on the additional task of spearheading an effort by the Open Records Unit to train unit liaisons across the Department.  Senior Corporal Forsha is consistently being recruited by instructors to help teach classes to officers at the academy.  She has even gone so far as to pay for herself to attend a training seminar so that she can become a fully certified TCOLE instructor and teach a wide range of classes.

During the month of November 2018, Senior Corporal Forsha was instrumental when she was tasked by the Open Records Unit command staff to learn and then educate the entire unit on how to complete redactions. This unit wide effort was an unprecedented step to completely overhaul the Open Records Unit and create a more efficient system of processing record requests.  Senior Corporal Forsha jumped at the opportunity to help and quickly took on a leadership role by helping to ensure that everyone was fully trained within a matter of days.

This is just a few of the many examples of Senior Corporal Forsha’s abilities and desires to go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.  Sergeant Colton sums it up best, “Senior Corporal Forsha is an extremely dedicated and hardworking officer. She continually displays her outstanding work ethic and dedication to her profession in all the duties and tasks she performs.”

Thank you, Senior Corporal Forsha, for bringing great credit to yourself and the Dallas Police Department.

Homicide at 722 N. Marsalis Avenue

On April 17, 2019, at approximately 4:35 a.m., Dallas police responded to a call regarding a disturbance active shooter.  Upon their arrival, witnesses directed officers to 722 N. Marsalis Avenue.  They discovered the victim, Christopher Franklin, a Black male 37-years-old deceased from multiple gunshot wounds inside an apartment.  Anyone with information regarding this offense is encouraged to contact Detective Chaney, #7830 at (214) 671-3650 or derick.chaney@dallascityhall.com.  Please refer to case #75821-2019     

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses. Call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Deep Ellum Rideshare Designated Drop Off & Pick Up Zones Pilot Program

The Deep Ellum Foundation has established designated drop off and pick up zones in collaboration with Dallas rideshare operators,  Uber and Lyft, and the City of Dallas. This program will be implemented to ease congestion, related public safety concerns and to improve the customer experience in Deep Ellum. The designated zones will provide rideshare operators access to drop off and pick up zones within 1 to 2 blocks from the core activity in Deep Ellum. This will improve traffic flow and emergency vehicle access.

Wayfinding signage and local promotion combined with geo-fencing and venue technology implemented on the rideshare apps will keep rideshare customers informed.  The Deep Ellum Foundation’s Extended Neighborhood Patrol Team and the Dallas Police Department will support enforcement of the use of the designated zones. This program is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  The zones will be in effect 24 hours, 7 days per week. 

The desire of the Dallas Police Department is to gain compliance with the ride share drivers through verbal warnings for the first thirty days of the program but if a driver is noncompliant, he/she is subject to receiving a citation.  Officers and security guards will allow persons with a government issued “accessible placard” utilizing rideshare services to be dropped off or picked up without requiring the use of the designated zones.

             Drop Off/Pick Up Zones:

             Five rideshare drop off/pick up zones are identified on:

  • Good Latimer Expy northbound between Main and Commerce Streets,
  • Commerce Street eastbound between Crowdus and Malcolm X Streets,
  • Pryor Street southbound between Main and Commerce Streets,
  • Malcolm X northbound between Indiana and Junius Streets, and
  • Swiss Avenue westbound between N. Hawkins and Good Latimer Expy.

Homicide at 6910 Skillman Street

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Dallas police responded to 6910 Skillman Street regarding a passerby discovering a body in the creek behind the Everwood Apartments.  Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and recovered the body.  The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office identified the body as Tocorrie Jashuwn Tarrant, a 33-year old Black male. The victim appeared to have died from homicidal violence.  No suspect(s) have been identified at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding this offense is encouraged to contact Detective Abel Lopez, #7493, at 214-671-3676 or via email:  abel.lopez@dallascityhall.com.  Please refer to case no. 073996-2019.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses. Call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2019

Did you know telecommunicators service well over a million calls a year! 

This is one of the main reasons that in April we recognize National Public Safety telecommunicators Week.  During this week, public safety telecommunicators from across the country are honored for their service to the communities and public safety departments in which they work. 

The Dallas Police Department is very proud of our call takers, dispatchers and support staff who are often the lifeline between the community and officers. These heroes stay calm in the most chaotic situations and bring comfort to those in need of help. In the words of Assistant Chief Shaw “you are truly the first responder for our first responders and our citizens, thank you”. We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication. 

Critical Missing Person Maria Elsa Lara

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Maria has been located.

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The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating critical missing person Maria Elsa Lara.

On April 14, 2019 at about 3:00 p.m., Maria Elsa Lara was last seen on foot wearing a purple top, unknown bottoms, and carrying a purple and pink grocery bag in the 3300 block of Mayhew Drive. Maria Elsa Lara is described as a 53 year old W/F, 5’02” tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and may be confused and in need of assistance.

Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.

Critical Missing Person Jacqueline Anne Ochoa

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Ms. Ochoa has been located.

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The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating critical missing person Jacqueline Anne Ochoa.

On April 13, 2019 at about 6:48 p.m., Jacqueline Anne Ochoa as last seen on foot wearing a black Addidas hat and black jogging suit in the 500 block of N. Good Latimer Expy. Ms. Ochoa s described as a 28 year old L/F, 5’05” tall, 110 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and may be a danger to herself.

Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.

Critical Missing Person Lois Yarbough

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Lois Yarbough has been located.

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The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating critical missing person Lois Yarbough. 

On April 13, 2019 at about 7:00 p.m., Lois Yarbough was last seen on foot wearing a pink tee-shirt, gold jacket, grey shorts, and blue/white shoes in the 2900 block of Sunnyvale Street. Mrs. Yarbough is described as a 72 year old B/F, 5’05” tall, 178 pounds, with white hair, brown eyes, may be disoriented and may need assistance.

Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.

Critical Missing Person Jalan Myrick

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Jalan Myrick has been located and returned home safely.

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The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating critical missing person Jalan Myrick.

On April 13, 2019 at about 2:00 p.m., Jalan was last seen in the 300 block of North Jim Miller Road. Jalan is described as a B/M/9, measures 4’06” tall, weighs 90 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, and may need assistance.  Jalan was last seen wearing a lime green/gray hoodie, power ranger costume which was red and gold in color, red tennis shoes, and is believed to be on foot.

Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.