The Grapevine Police Department published a media release on Wednesday that is included below.  We wanted to make sure our GRACE family is aware of this information as you are volunteering for GRACE programs in the vicinity of the reports made to Police.  The safety of our clients and our volunteers is extremely important to us.

GRACE CEO, Shonda Schaefer, reached out to the Chief of Police, Mike Hamlin, who assured us that unless and until they contact us directly, they feel that our programs are safe to continue.  The Grapevine Police Department  is increasing its patrol efforts and you may see them patrolling the areas where you will be serving GRACE clients.  They have asked that you increase your awareness of your surroundings and that if you observe anything suspicious, please contact the police immediately and then also contact a GRACE representative.  Lori Steven’s and Shonda Schaefer’s cell phone numbers are listed below.  This is a good time to remember basic safety rules like traveling in pairs which is always a good idea.

We intentionally take safety measures for our volunteers and clients very seriously.  We appoint a Site Manager for each volunteer site.  We run background checks and train this individual to be the eyes and ears of our site.  We take precautions to assure that no volunteers are left alone with clients, and strongly emphasize following our safety suggestions such as volunteers not walking children home from our Feed Our Kids sites.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Lori Stevens:                      817-992-4690

Shonda Schaefer:             817-657-1017

Grapevine Police Search for Man Attacking Women

Grapevine police released this sketch of the suspect.

GRAPEVINE, Texas  –  Grapevine Police are searching for a Hispanic man targeting females primarily along Mustang Drive.  Surveillance video of the most recent assault may help police identify the suspect.  The video shows the suspect grabbing a victim and carrying her into a breezeway.

All of the victims were able to fight off the suspect, but in one case, a woman’s collarbone was broken in her struggle to escape.

Investigators are working at least five separate cases where a man exposed himself or physically grabbed women. The crimes happened from April 8, 2019 and July 9, 2019, primarily at complexes between the 2800 and 3000 blocks of Mustang Drive.

The man is described as Hispanic, in his early twenties, with short, curly black hair, a thin build, and between 5’3” and 5’8”.  Grapevine Police are working with a sketch artist and one victim to create a sketch of the suspect.  The sketch will be made public once it is complete.

Grapevine Police praise each victim for getting away and reporting the crimes.  Officers are actively patrolling the neighborhood and urge women to keep close watch of their surroundings, travel in pairs when possible, and call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious.  Anyone with information on the suspect should call Criminal Investigations during business hours at: 817.410.3200 or 817.410.8127 after hours.