Moreno Earns Back-to-Back Crime Boss Titles

Crime, Crime Boss

Dallas City Councilman Jesse Moreno | Image by FOX 4

As expected, Dallas City Councilman Jesse Moreno earned the Crime Boss of the Month title for the rampant crime that has ravaged residents and businesses in District 2 during November.

This is Moreno’s second stretch as Crime Boss in as many months, following steep increases in assaults and robberies in October, as previously reported in The Dallas Express.

Moreno clinched his second Crime Boss title based on November 2022 crime statistics downloaded from the City of Dallas Open Data website on December 14, from which The Dallas Express calculated a 7.33% increase in Moreno’s Crime Score over November 2021.

District 2 encompasses a swath of Northwest Dallas and much of Downtown along the I-30 corridor. It includes both Deep Ellum and the Dallas Farmers Market, two of the city’s most well-known cultural landmarks.

A total of 1,029 crimes were committed in District 2 last month, according to the City’s crime analytics dashboard, 44 more than in November of last year, continuing a four-month trend of year-over-year increases in crime and accounting for more than 13% of all crime within the city limits.

Moreno’s Crime Score increase for November was primarily the result of an uptick in seven of the 30 crime categories monitored by The Dallas Express.

 Crime Category 2022 Incidents 2021 Incidents  Increase
 Motor Vehicle Thefts  162  128  34
 Drug Offenses  114  86  28
 Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property  90  76  14
 Weapons Law Violations  22  14  8
 Theft Offenses  365  361  4
 Burglary  59  55  4
 Embezzlement  3  1  2


As previously reported in The Dallas Express, car-related crimes have been on the rise citywide for years now, and Moreno’s district had the most reported incidents in November. Over 160 vehicles were stolen that month, dozens more than in Omar Narvaez’s District 6 and Paul Ridley’s District 14, which also logged more than 100 motor vehicle thefts.

Vehicle break-ins and burglaries also stood out, with District 2 and District 14 both clocking 192 thefts from motor vehicles — 95 more than District 6, which has also been a hotspot for auto crimes.

Moreno’s district also saw a 32% increase in drug offenses over the previous November and an 18% increase in instances of vandalism and destruction of property.

District 2 has been a primary driver of the year-to-date crime increase in Dallas, alongside Districts 6, 7, and 14. Together, these districts virtually erase any gains claimed by city officials in terms of crime reduction, as previously reported in The Dallas Express.

The Dallas Express, The People’s Paper, believes that important information about the city, such as crime rates and trends, should be easily accessible to you. Dallas has more crime per capita than hotspots like Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York, according to data from the FBI’s UCR database.

How did your area stack up on crime? Check out our interactive Crime Map to compare all Dallas City Council Districts. Curious how we got our numbers? Check out our methodology page here.

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Anna Williams
Anna Williams
1 month ago

Was councilman Moreno and the police chief at the meeting Mr. Bennett held?

If Coucilman Moreno cares about the Neighborhood and businesses you would think he and the police chief would meet with the above mentioned.

Citizens, why are you not voting?

Harriet Holiday
Harriet Holiday
1 month ago

This guy has no idea how to help a district. He is a terrific liar and happy to do so to my face. He succeeded along with his corrupt cronies, in devaluing peoples’ homes. Just because he beautified a few parks, does not mean he has the ability to do any good in a neighborhood. We need strong leadership in these hard times. Think about this when you vote.

John P
John P
1 month ago

The way this is presented is confusing, It appears that being Crime Boss is an honor but it should not be. All his stats look terrible and this article makes him appear as a defiant strong leader. But the stats say otherwise. I am new here and this email was in my stash, I usually delete stuff like this but I was curious of the content. Anyway, dist. 2 is and always has been the wild west of Dallas. This is not an excuse for Moreno but if he wants to be elected again maybe some fresh ideas and ways to manage crime would be helpful. The same old same old is no longer working. Criminals seem to be fearless and brazen no matter what crime they are doing.