Police are investigating more than one type of cutting incident near a restaurant along I-820 early Monday morning.
On May 9, several Haltom City police officers left the IHOP at 3860 NE Loop 820 to find someone had slashed the tires on several police cruisers. Officers immediately began looking for evidence and possible suspects.
Officers found a man who had been attacked and cut by a knife behind another nearby restaurant.
Fort Worth Police Officers then responded to the scene at 3:41 AM.
Paramedics treated the man’s cut on the scene, and he was able to return home under his own power.
Haltom City PD stated that they located a suspect in the tire slashing and took him into custody for an unrelated charge. They do not believe the same person committed the tire slashing and the knife attack. Officers claim the proximity of the two incidents is a coincidence.
Neither department clarified why they believed the incidents were not related.
According to Texas State Penal Code Title 7, Chapter 28, Section 3, the tire-slashing suspect could face a criminal mischief charge, a state jail felony. Punishment could include a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail sentence between 180 days and two years.
Officers have not identified a suspect in the cutting attack on the man, and have made no arrests.
Fort Worth PD asks anyone with information about either crime to call the department’s criminal investigations line at 817-392-4600. The incident report number for those wishing to provide information about the injured man is 220035719, and the report number for the slashed tires is 220035716.
Tips regarding either case can also be submitted online via the Haltom City Police Department website or anonymously to the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers website.