Arlington police searching for two suspects in test drive murder
On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Arlington Police Department responded to the 700 block of Port Richmond Way after residents reported that a man was lying unresponsive in the roadway.
When officers arrived on scene, they discovered the man had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased from his injuries. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has since identified him as a 55-year-old man.
Through the course of their investigation, detectives learned the victim was helping a family member sell a car via a social media app and had agreed to go for a test drive that evening with an alleged buyer who expressed interest in purchasing it.
Based on video evidence and witness statements, two young men arrived at the victim’s home to test drive the car – and the three of them left together in it. As they drove along Port Richmond Way, investigators believe one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the victim, who then got out of the vehicle and collapsed. The suspects continued driving.
Officers found the vehicle abandoned behind a nearby shopping center at the intersection of Matlock Road and Sublett Road.
Detectives are currently working to identify the suspects. No arrests have been made.
Surveillance cameras captured the suspects walking away from the vehicle. Still images of both individuals are attached to this release.
Anyone who thinks they recognize the suspects or has any additional information about this case is urged to call Det. Simmons at (817) 459-5735. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County at (817) 469-8477.
If you see these individuals, call 911 immediately and do not approach them. They should be considered armed and dangerous.
The Arlington Police Department strongly encourages community members who are buying / selling items via digital marketplaces — particularly if they don’t know the people they are purchasing from / selling to — to make the exchanges in the designated safe zones at each of our four patrol stations.