Suspect Arrested, Charged with Murder in Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash - Report #2021-01830642
By Christopher Cook
Posted on July 16, 2021, July 16, 2021

The Arlington Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on July 2, 2021. APD detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force located 42-year-old Charlton Harris at a motel in Grand Prairie overnight and took him into custody without incident.

Harris has been charged with Murder, Accident Involving Death, and Public Intoxication.

Evidence gathered at the scene, as well as an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip that was prompted by local media coverage of this case, helped investigators identify Mr. Harris as the suspect who struck a Toyota Camry at a high rate of speed, killing the driver, 39-year-old Douglas Oseimo.

Although initial reports indicated there may have been two individuals in the suspect vehicle, detectives later determined Mr. Harris was the sole occupant.

“We are grateful for the community participation and tips that came in,” said Arlington Chief of Police Al Jones. “Often times, we need the public’s help to solve these types of cases and that is exactly what happened in this instance.” 

ORIGINAL RELEASE (July 2, 2021):

On Friday, July 2, 2021 at 9:18 p.m., the Arlington Police Department responded to a major crash in the eastbound lanes of 800 block of W. Arkansas Lane near the intersection of 2200 S. Cooper Street involving four vehicles.

A Buick Lacrosse was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Arkansas Lane. A passenger sedan was traveling southbound on S. Cooper Street. The Buick Lacrosse ran the red signal light and struck the passenger sedan. This impact caused the passenger sedan to strike two unoccupied vehicles in a nearby parking lot.

The driver of the passenger sedan was the only occupant in the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two occupants from the Buick Lacrosse, both believed to be adults, fled the scene on foot immediately following the crash and remain at large today.

Investigators determined that a Police Officer from the Pantego Police Department had attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the Buick Lacrosse on W. Arkansas Lane near Bowen Street. The Pantego Police Department reported that the Buick Lacrosse fled from the Pantego Police Officer at a high rate of speed. Some witnesses reported the fleeing vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph and ran several red signal lights before crashing at the Cooper intersection.

The vehicle is not reported stolen, however contraband was found inside of the vehicle.

The Pantego Police Department reported that once the suspect vehicle passed S. Fielder Road at a high rate of speed, the officer discontinued the attempt to make the traffic stop. All questions pertaining for the initial reason for the traffic stop attempt will be referred to the Pantego Police Department.

The department is asking anyone with information to contact Crash Investigator Joe Shipp at 817-575-8602. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

The suspect vehicle abandoned at the scene was a maroon 2011 Buick Lacrosse. Investigators continue to pursue leads related to the registered owner’s address and nearby stores which may have captured video of the incident.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased as 39-year old Douglas Osiemo of Arlington. 

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