Homicide Investigation - Report #2021-01870023
By Jesse Minton
Posted on July 06, 2021, July 06, 2021

The Arlington Police Department has made an arrest in connection to the July 6 stabbing death of 59-year-old Roberto Lopez.

Following an interview with homicide detectives on August 3, 2021, 55-year-old Ricky Ensley was taken into custody on multiple outstanding warrants. Investigators then obtained an additional warrant for his arrest on one count of Murder.

The motive for the stabbing remains unclear.

“I’m very proud of our detectives for their tenacity and their thorough investigation of this case, which initially had few leads,” said Chief of Police Al Jones. “Now, because of their hard work, we can provide some sense of relief to Mr. Lopez’s family and friends.”



On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at approximately 1:11 a.m., officers responded to a convenience store in the 3300 block of E. Division Street after an employee reported that a man who was bleeding entered the store. The man collapsed prior to officers arriving at the scene.

The 59-year-old man was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.  Investigators believe that he had been stabbed multiple times.

While it is unknown exactly where the stabbing occurred, witnesses reported seeing the man pull up to the convenience store location in a vehicle.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information can call Detective Hall at 817-459-5325. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the deceased once next of kin have been notified. 

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