Murder suspect evokes gay panic defense, says victim made ‘sexual advances’


Kieron Alexander is suspected of murdering Ricky Griffin.

Dallas police  this morning (Tuesday, June 23) arrested a man suspected of murdering a man and setting a fire next to him.

Kieron Alexander, 25, is suspected of murdering Ricky Griffin, 54, in a far north Dallas apartment on Monday (June 22). Alexander told detectives he killed Griffin because Griffin  “made several unwanted sexual gestures toward him,” according to the police report.

Alexander fled the scene but attempted to return to the apartment when detectives were on site. He was booked Tuesday morning. Bail is set at $500,000.

—  James Russell

BREAKING: Suspects arrested in Ashlea Harris murder

0700 flashTwo suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder of Ashlea Harris.

Per the Fort Worth Police Department:

Clarence David Mallory and Carter Carol Cervantez were signed and bond for each was set at $500,000.

On December 5, 2014,Mallory was taken into custody by Amarillo based members of the United States Marshal Service North Texas Fugitive Task Force.  He was apprehended at a private residence without incident.  Mallory was booked into Potter County Jail.  Fort Worth Police Department Fugitive Officers travelled to Amarillo and transported Mallory to the Fort Worth Police Homicide Unit to be interviewed by detectives.  After speaking with detectives, Mallory will be booked into the Fort Worth Jail for Capital Murder and an additional charge of Theft $1500-$20,000 with a bond of $100,000.

On Dec. 6, 2014, Cervantez was taken into custody by Tarrant County Sherriffs and was then transported to the Fort Worth Jail by Fugitive Officers where she was booked in on the Capital Murder warrant with a bond of $500,000 as well as a warrant for Theft $1,500 to $20,000 with a bond of $100,000.

Both Mallory and Cervantez have been arrested in reference to a theft of approximately $18,000 from the American Eagle Outfitters located at the Hulen Mall.  This offense occurred on Aug. 24, 2014 and was reported on Fort Worth Police Department offense #14-81057.  Homicide Detectives took over this investigation on Dec. 1, 2014.

No word on yet motives. More to come as the story develops.

—  James Russell

Body found near Cedar Springs Road

CrimeTapeSmallA body was found near Cedar Springs Road and Turtle Creek Boulevard at about 10 a.m. today, Nov. 3. There’s no report yet if the death is being investigated as a homicide. As of 3 p.m., police were describing the death as “unexplained.”

Dallas Voice will update this post as more information becomes available.

Police report:

On Monday, November 3, 2014 at about 10:07 a.m. officers received a call from Dallas Fire and Rescue regarding a person deceased and in the creek located at 2800 Turtle Creek Boulevard. The body of an unidentified white male has been recovered. The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time.

—  David Taffet

Ongoing: robbery and officer involved shooting at 4807 Maple

Screen shot 2014-10-02 at 2.19.34 PMA robbery at 4807 Maple yesterday lead to a struggle between two officers and an armed suspect who was ultimately taken into custody, according to the Dallas Police Department’s DPD Beat blog.

The suspect was discovered in a wooded area near the property. After the suspect refused orders to surrender, the officers went deeper onto the property in an attempt to make an arrest. One of the officers fired at the suspect but did not hit him after the suspect appeared to reach for a weapon.

Officers were able to subdue the man and take him into custody by using a taser and physical contact. No officers were injured. A handgun has been recovered.

—  James Russell

Police investigating break in at Youth First

Youth First

Youth First after an overnight break in. (Photo courtesy of Resource Center)

A break in occurred at Youth First on Harry Hines Boulevard overnight, which Resource Center personnel discovered this morning.

Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell said they discovered the burglary on Friday morning. He said it took place after hours Thursday night, after all youth had left the building.

The door to Youth First program director Mike Cruz’s door was kicked open. A karaoke machine, stereo system and several gaming systems were taken.

“It looks like when the Grinch stole Christmas,” McDonnell said.

He said when he was over at the facility earlier today, police were still dusting for fingerprints, and they’re still totaling up what was taken. They’re also looking into what will be covered by insurance and how large the deductible is.

“The computers appear intact,” he said.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Laura Martin, LGBT liaison with the Dallas Police Department. Her number is 214-490-0541.

As a side note from Dallas Voice, anyone with Microsoft, a retailer or any or any other company or donor who would like to help Youth First replace what was taken may contact Cameron Hernholm at Resource Center at 214-528-0144.

—  David Taffet

BREAKING: John Wiley Price arrested this morning


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The ongoing legal battle centering on Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price took a new twist Friday morning when the FBI arrested the embattled incumbent at his home.

The Dallas Morning News reports that a sealed indictment was filed on Wednesday, citing Price for:

• Conspiracy to Commit Bribery Concerning a Local Government Receiving Federal Benefits

• Deprivation of Honest Services by Mail Fraud and Aiding and Abetting

• Conspiracy to Defraud the Internal Revenue Service

• Subscribing to a False and Fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Price’s attorney Billy Ravkind said he learned of the arrest through media reports. “Next time we want to know something, we’ll call the press,” he told the DMN. “I guess I haven’t been around long enough. I’ve never had this happen before. You win or lose cases in the courtroom. What the government does is irrelevant.”

A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. at the at the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas.

This story is breaking. We will be updating readers throughout the day.

—  James Russell

Dallas Voice staffer brings Station 4 pickpockets to justice


After he used an app to track down his stolen iPhone and called police, Chad snapped this photo of DPD officers taking the suspects into custody.

One of our sales reps here at Dallas Voice, Chad Mantooth, fell victim to pickpockets on the dancefloor of Station 4 on Friday night. As those of us who look through police reports regularly know, this is an all-too-common occurrence. (I would avoid taking your wallet to the club – but if you do, carry it in your front pocket.)

While what happened to Chad is common, what makes his story unusual is that he subsequently took the law into his own hands and tracked down the thieves — who are now facing charges. And thanks to him there are a few less pickpockets in the Cedar Springs gay bars. Below is the real-life, gay-on-gay crime story as Chad tells it:

—  John Wright

Crime watch leader: ‘We have to learn to STOP leaving stuff in our vehicles’

The Dallas Morning News reports today that overall reported crime was down 11 percent in 2012 citywide, despite a slight increase in violent offenses. We’ll have a detailed look at 2012 crime stats for the Oak Lawn gayborhood in this Friday’s print edition. But for now we thought we’d share these maps sent over by Nancy Weinberger, leader of the Oak Lawn crime watch group. The maps show where crimes occurred in the area for December. Note that the crime watch group’s jurisdiction is split into two DPD divisions by Oak Lawn Avenue. The first map shows the portion that’s in the Northwest Division, while the second shows the portion that’s in the Central Division. As you can see BMVs (burglaries of motor vehicles) were by far the most common offense in December, numbering 38. As Weinberger said in her email to the group’s members, “We have to learn to STOP leaving stuff in our vehicles.” Check out the maps below.

—  John Wright

Man abducted at Cedar Springs ATM, bound with duct tape, dumped in Irving

The victim is believed to have been kidnapped from the ATM at the Bank of America at 4023 Cedar Springs Road.

A man using an ATM on the Cedar Springs strip early Tuesday was abducted, hogtied with duct tape and robbed before being dumped in a vacant lot in Irving, according to Dallas police.

A police report says the victim, 43-year-old Rudolph Dinwiddie of Grapevine, was using a Bank of America ATM at 4000 Cedar Springs Road — which is the intersection of Throckmorton Street — at about 1 a.m.

The four suspects pulled up in a vehicle and one of them pointed a “modified sub machine [gun]” at Dinwiddie, ordering him not to move, according to the report. The suspects threatened to kill Dinwiddie if he didn’t cooperate, and forced him into the back seat of their vehicle at gunpoint.

The suspects then handcuffed Dinwiddie and used duct tape and zip ties to bind his arms and legs. When they found his keys in his pocket, they ordered him to direct them to his vehicle, a 2010 Nissan Altima that was parked two blocks away. The suspects then drove their vehicle to a nearby gas station, where they used Dinwiddie’s money to fill up, before taking him to several ATMs in Dallas and Irving and demanding his PIN so they could withdraw more cash.

The suspects finally threw Dinwiddie out of their vehicle in a vacant lot at 1440 Lindy Lane in Irving, where he was found by Irving officers who were flagged down by a passer-by. Dinwiddie suffered scrapes to his back and shoulders, and had visible swelling on his wrists and forearms. He was treated at Colombia Medical Hospital in Irving.

The Bank of America branch with an ATM is at 4023 Cedar Springs Road. The police report also lists an address of 3900 Cedar Springs Road. There are three other sidewalk ATMs near the 3900 block of Cedar Springs, but they are not affiliated with any one bank.

Dallas police spokeswoman Ashaki Hardeman said she was unable to confirm which ATM the victim was using. Hardeman said no further information was available about the incident.

—  John Wright

Gay photographer held up at gunpoint near DART’s Uptown Station, refuses to give up camera

Gay photographer Stephen Masker says he was taking photos of DARTs Uptown Station (near CityPlace) on Monday when three or four men approached in a van and demanded his camera at gunpoint. Masker refused to hand over the camera, and the men eventually fled, according to WFAA:

“I said, ‘What? Like, what are you talking about?’” Masker recalled. “He repeated himself and said, ‘Give me your camera.’ I said, ‘I’m not giving you my camera.’”

Masker said the men tried again, and once more he resisted before the men took off in a tan or gold mini-van.

“It was absolutely terrifying,” Masker said. “It was unreal.”

Highland Park police say a few minutes before, suspects matching the same description held up another man in an alley near Hillcrest and Princeton, taking his phone.

Masker said if he had to do it all again, he would not do it the same way.

“I would’ve given them the camera if it was a do-over,” he said. “If it ever happens again, I’ll give away whatever’s on me.”

Watch WFAA’s report below:

—  John Wright