Homicide Investigation - Report #2021-00170093
By Christopher Cook
Posted on January 17, 2021, January 17, 2021

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 on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Thursday morning, officers took 18-year-old Dorian Woodard, of Arlington, into custody 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.” 


On Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 4:58 a.m. the Arlington Police Department responded to a welfare check in the 100 block of East Bardin Road at a convenience store.

A customer had entered the store and found the store clerk behind the counter lying on the floor unresponsive. The clerk, a man in his 30s, was pronounced deceased at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. 

 The police department did not receive any other calls or alarms at the location prior to the customer walking into the store. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that robbery was a motive.

 Investigators are working on obtaining a search warrant for the store location in order to retrieve surveillance footage.

 Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Rodriguez at 817.459.5650. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817.469.TIPS and may be eligible for a cash reward for information related to the case.

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

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