Assistance Needed in Solving a Vehicular Crime

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in solving a vehicular crime. On July 31, 2020, around 6:20 a.m., a pedestrian was crossing the street of Cockrell Hill Road, just north of W. Davis Street. At the same time, a Black 2018 or 2019-year model SUV was traveling northbound on Cockrell Hill Road and struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian identified as Vincent Edward Lamb, a W/M/50, died as a result of the collision. The suspect vehicle failed to stop and render aid to the victim or provide any information, but instead continued northbound on Cockrell Hill Road. The SUV is said to be missing a windshield wiper.   

If you have any information regarding the Suspect or the Black SUV that struck the pedestrian in the roadway, please contact Detective Sammy Shaw in the Dallas Police Department’s Vehicle Crimes Unit at (214) 671-0019. This incident is documented on case number 133815-2020.

DPD’S Bait Car Unit Sees It’s Highest Arrest Rate Since 2015


The Dallas Police Department’s Mobile Surveillance Unit finished out 2019 with 192 bait car activations that yielded 217 arrests for the year. The numbers are the highest since 2015.

“The Mobile Surveillance Unit expanded in early September of this year and has seen great success since adding more members to the squad and centralizing the program,” said Emily Davis, Dallas Police Department’s Mobile Surveillance Unit Manager. “We expect more of the same in 2020.”

In 2015, 384 arrests were made. That number dropped to 213 in 2016. It declined even more in 2017 to 99 arrests. However, the unit saw a resurgence of nearly 118% for 2018, ending the year with 216 arrests.

Davis said there’s no question that the numbers being produced are due to the expansion of the program and its officers. Another factor to consider is the unit’s collaborative efforts with other units when it comes to surveillance operations. Members of the unit have worked hard to spread the word about the cars’ capabilities and usage.

Now that officers in the unit are more centralized, they can target high crime areas more efficiently and utilize the vehicles and trackers more broadly throughout the department. The unit plans to continue expanding, optimistically looking for more success than in years past.



Park Lane Hit & Run

On June 27, 2018, around 11:39, a white unknown model vehicle, tinted windows, with 32 to 34 inch chrome wheels, struck a male pedestrian at 8440 Park Lane. The possible suspect vehicle will have front end damage. There is no description of the driver at this time.

If you have any information regarding the suspect or suspect vehicle, please contact Detective Jonathon Stacey in Vehicle Crimes (214) 671-0010.

Case number: 139943-2018

Information Needed in Fatal Hit and Run

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in gathering information about a fatal hit and run. On July 2, 2017, at 5:01 p.m., an unknown vehicle struck a female pedestrian in the parking lot of the 7-11 which is located at 15050 Preston Road.  The unknown make and model of vehicle fled the location, traveling south bound through adjacent business parking lots.  There is no description of the driver.  The video shows the vehicle pulling away from the gas pumps and hits the pedestrian, trapping her under the suspect vehicle for a short distance. This offense is documented on case number 150079-2017.    

If you have any information regarding the suspect or suspect vehicle, please contact Detective Nathan Williams in Vehicle Crimes (214) 671-0018.

Major Accident – 2600 Howell Street

On March 27, 2017, at about 2:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Howell Street regarding a major accident. After a preliminary investigation, it was determined the driver accelerated in reverse at a high rate of speed onto a public sidewalk striking pedestrians and the side of a building (Side Bar) at 2626 Howell Street. Eight individuals were injured in the accident, including the bartender inside the club.  The impact of the crash into the building caused bottles of alcohol and a large ice cooler to fall hitting the bartender and causing injury.  Seven people were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. The driver, Shabrika Bailey, a 25-year-old female, was arrested for two counts of Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle – Serious Bodily Injury, Felony 3. The right front passenger, Trevone Boykin, 23-year-old male, was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication, Misdemeanor C and Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor B.  These offenses are documented on case numbers 067930-2017 and 067967-2017.

Public’s Assistance Needed in Pedestrian Struck at 2200 Cedar Springs Road

Updated March 21,2017:

During the afternoon of Monday, March 20, 2017, detectives received a call from the Freestone County Sheriff’s office with possible information regarding the Hit and Run accident that caused the death of Rachel Spelman.

Detectives traveled to Corsicana, Texas and interviewed individuals with knowledge that led detectives to believe John Adrian Esparza, L/M/38 was involved in this collision.

Detectives, using law enforcement data bases, were able to locate an address for the Esparza in Madill, Oklahoma.

A request for assistance from the Marshal County Sheriff’s Office in Madill, Oklahoma was then made. Marshal County Deputies were able to locate the vehicle at the address that Dallas Police Vehicle Crimes Unit detectives provided. Deputies advised our detectives that the vehicle had obvious damage consistent with striking a pedestrian.    

Dallas Police detectives traveled overnight to Madill, Oklahoma and met with Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies who assisted detectives with taking John Adrian Esparza into custody. Esparza was then transported to the Marshall County Jail where he was interviewed by Dallas Police Vehicle Crimes Detectives. Esparza gave a full confession to detectives regarding his role in this offense.

John Adrian Esparza is charged with Accident Involving Death, a second degree felony. He is currently being held in the Marshall County Jail in Madill, Oklahoma. He will be extradited back to Dallas County by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office at a later date. 

Original Post:

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance regarding the following incident:

 On March 18, 2017, at about 2:10 a.m., a dark colored sedan, unknown make and model, struck a female pedestrian in the 2200 block of Cedar Springs Road. After the vehicle struck the female pedestrian, the unknown driver stopped and exited the vehicle. The driver walked back, looked at the pedestrian on the ground, and fled the location in an unknown direction. The driver is described as a Black male with short curly hair, approximately 5’10” to 6’2” in height, and was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black pants. The suspect vehicle has front-end damage to the front windshield and possibly the back window.   The victim is 23-year-old Rachel Spelman. 

If you have information regarding this fatal accident, please contact Detective Jearlyn Jackson in Vehicle Crimes (214) 671-0009. The associated case numbers are 060673-2017 and 060674-2017.

Pedestrian Struck in Hit and Run on Central Expressway

Detectives are still seeking information. If anyone has any information regarding the suspect or suspect vehicle, please contact Detective Nathan Williams in Vehicle Crimes at (214) 671-0018.

UPDATE: The pedestrian struck in the below accident has been pronounced deceased.

Original Post January 26, 2017 at 15:50

On January 25, 2017, between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., an unknown vehicle, possibly a small compact car, struck a female pedestrian on north bound Central Expressway at the Lemmon Avenue exit.  The unknown vehicle may be missing the right side mirror.  There is no description of the driver at this time.  This offense is documented on case number 19226-2017.

If anyone has any information regarding the suspect or suspect vehicle, please contact Detective Nathan Williams in Vehicle Crimes at (214) 671-0018.


Suspect Wanted in Fatal Hit and Run

On October 11, 2016 at about 9:52 p.m., the unknown suspect driver was traveling eastbound in the 2700 block of E. Ledbetter Drive, in the left lane. The suspect is believed to have been speeding over the limit and failed to yield the right of way to the victim, a pedestrian who was legally walking in the crosswalk. The victim was struck with the front of the suspect vehicle causing him to be lifted into the air and impact the suspect vehicle’s windshield. The victim then came to rest several feet away from the impact location and died at the scene. 

After striking the victim, the suspect parked his vehicle at a nearby location and walked over to the victim’s final resting place. The unknown suspect then fled without providing any type of aid to the victim and did not leave his personal information at the scene. This offense is documented on case number 244851-2016. 

The suspect is described as a Black male, 21-24 years old, short stature, with dread lock hair. The suspect vehicle is described as a white Ford Crown Victoria with after market rims and damage to the front left headlight and a broken windshield. 

Detectives are requesting that anyone with information about the identity of this suspect or the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle involved in this offense call the Dallas Police Department’s Vehicle Crimes Unit at 214-670-5817.  

Have A Safe Fourth of July – Don’t Drink and Drive

Monday is America’s birthday and like any other birthday, this is a celebratory time.  This weekend there will be various activities and festivities, and while we want you to enjoy this weekend with your friends and family; we ask that if you indulge in alcoholic beverages, do not operate a vehicle.  This weekend is one of the deadliest weekends for accidents regarding drinking and driving, so we ask that if you drink, be careful and designate a sober driver.  The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative for the Independence Day holiday weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1st, and concluding on Tuesday, July 5th , 2016 at 6 a.m.

There are several things to do this weekend; drinking and driving should not be one of them.  Happy Fourth of July. 


Pedestrian Struck By Unknown Driver

On April 4, 2016, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Dallas police officers responded to an accident on the service road of the 8100 block of East R.L. Thorton Freeway. The pedestrian, a Black female, was exiting the store when she was struck by the driver of an unknown Silver Ford pickup truck. The victim fell to the ground and was possibly knocked unconscious. The driver failed to stop and render aid as the vehicle continued to drive away from the location going southbound on Jim Miller Road towards Samuel Boulevard. Dallas Fire and Rescue transported the victim to Baylor Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

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Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to contact the Vehicle Crimes Unit at 214-670-5817. This incident was documented on case number 079824-2016.