Press Conference Regarding Updates to Various Offenses

Arrest related to Murder Investigation

On September 24, 2015, Dallas Police responded to 725 N. Winnetka regarding the unidentified remains in the backyard of a vacant home under renovation.  During the course of the investigation it was determined that the remains belonged to the registered homeowner Ronald David Shumway W/M 57 who had not been seen or heard from in about 6 months.  The investigation also revealed that Christopher Brian Colbert W/M 43 assumed Shumway’s identity and committed several deceptive acts.

On February 22, 2016, the Dallas Police Department issued warrants for Christopher Brian Colbert for Tampering with Governmental Record, Securing Executing of Document by Deception, and Money Laundering each for $100, 000 bond. Earlier today, Christopher Brian Colbert was arrested by the United States Marshalls in Los Angeles, California, where he is being held awaiting extradition.

 Shooting by Suspect on Hoverboard

This morning at around 4:15 a.m. a male victim pulled into a parking lot around the 9000 block of Community Drive when he encountered the suspect, who according to the victim was on a hoverboard, and asked him if he needed a ride.  The suspect declined the offer and the victim drove away.  Approximately 30 minutes later the victim returned to the area and again asked the suspect if he needed a ride and the suspect again declined but appeared angry.  As the victim drove away, the suspect pulled out a gun and fired into the victim’s car striking him in the right arm.  The victim was taken to Parkland hospital in stable condition.

The victim described the suspect as a black male, 5’10” – 6’ tall with shoulder length dreadlocks, possibly wearing a red shirt. 

Aggravated Assault now Murder Investigation

On March 2, 2016 shortly before 1:00 a.m., the victim, Alvin Joseph B/M 30 was walking his dog in the area of 9900 Adleta Boulevard when he was approached by an unknown suspect.  Without provocation or warning, the suspect shot Mr. Joseph once in the face.  A witness heard the gunshot and called police. Mr. Joseph was taken to Presbyterian Hospital where, this afternoon he succumbed to his injuries and died.    

We are asking that anyone with information to call police.

Community Tips Lead to Identification of Attempted Sexual Assault Suspect

After broadcasting information about an attempted aggravated sexual assault at 4125 Swiss Avenue that occurred on February 28, 2016, the Dallas Police Department received an overwhelming number of tips from citizens with information as to the identity of the suspect seen in surveillance footage. 

As a direct result of those tips, detectives have positively identified the suspect in the video as Brandon Alexander Tarrant B/M 26


Detectives secured an arrest warrant for the charge of Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault, a second degree felony and Tarrant was arrested about 3:00 p.m. in Dallas. He was brought here to police headquarters a short time ago.