Arlington Police make arrest in shooting of convenience store clerk

By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

UPDATE: 1/21/21 1:00 p.m.
The Arlington Police Department has made an arrest in connection to the murder of Jordan Hightower, a convenience store clerk who was shot and killed at his workplace.

Arlington Police took 18-year-old Dorian Woodard into custody today without incident. He has been charged with one count of Capital Murder.

“We owe a great deal of thanks to tipsters who provided crucial information in the case,” said Chief of Police Al Jones. “I am also thankful for the widespread news coverage of this case by local media, which enabled detectives to receive multiple tips that helped them to identify Mr. Woodard as the gunman who was captured on store surveillance video committing this crime.”

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As the search for the killer of an Arlington convenience store clerk continues, police have now released surveillance video in hopes that someone will recognize the killer.

The surveillance video shows a black man wearing a red hoodie, black shirt, multi-colored pants and a red hat entering the EZ Mart at Bardin and Matlock roads at 3:17 Saturday morning.

It then shows the man wandering around the store as other customers were inside.

Once the other customers clear out about 15 minutes later, the man goes behind the counter and points a gun at Jordan Hightower, 30.

Police froze the video at that point, not showing the gunman shooting Hightower multiple times, killing him.

The video then shows the man behind the counter taking food and cigarettes and stuffing them inside a backpack.

Police say two customers walked in shortly after the shooting; and despite seeing the clerk on the ground and the gunman telling them that he shot him, the customers failed to call 911.

Police say they're very disappointed that they didn't call 911; had they done so, they said paramedics may have been able to save Hightower's life.

Shortly after the encounter with the customers, the video shows the killer casually walking out of the store with the items that he stole inside his backpack.

Detectives caught up with the customers, who told them that they had panicked and didn't want to get involved.

Police say they currently have no plans to file charges against the customers.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Det. Rodriguez at 817-459-5650 or Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County at 817-469-TIPS (8477).