Suspect, Victims Identified In Arlington Crash, Shooting

thomas lester harper Suspect, Victims Identified In Arlington Crash, Shooting

(credit: Arlington Police Dept.)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Arlington say they have completed a series of witness photo lineups and have released a picture of the man they say is not only a hit-and-run driver, but also the person who opened fire after causing a second, deadly, accident.

Thomas Lester Harper is in the Arlington City Jail, facing murder and intoxication manslaughter charges.

The 27-year-old Arlington man is accused of being the person who fled the scene of a three-vehicle accident on Wednesday. According to police, several witnesses saw that accident and followed Harper, trying to get his license plate.

Witnesses say Harper, who had two of his children in the SUV was traveling in excess of 100 mph when he then hit a pickup that was stopped at the intersection of N. Collins Street and Brown Boulevard.

The man inside that pickup, 42-year-old Najee Nasir, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Najee Nasir - Credit: WBNS-TV

Witnesses told CBS 11 that another man was walking up to Harper’s SUV, in an attempt to offer aid, when Harper fatally shot him. That victim, 18-year-old Clarence Robinson, also died at the scene.

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Clarence Robinson - Credit: Arlington ISD

Robinson just recently dropped out of Lamar High School in Arlington.  Nassir had recently moved to Arlington from Ohio.

Police say they don’t believe the accident to be a case of road rage or alcohol related, but believe the incident could possibly be drug related.

Bond for Harper, who is also facing child abandonment charges, has been set at $555,000.


One Comment

  1. NiteNurse says:

    It says volumes for the safety of the Escalade. Considering how mangled and twisted that car was all the occupants came out alive. Unfortunately not for the other cars it hit. He went on some wild rampage through Arlington. Can you imagine how terrified those poor kids were in the car?

  2. Dani says:

    Such a needless, horrific event that took the lives of two unsuspecting, innocent people, injured others and left two children to deal with and make sense of the horrible memories of this wreck and their father’s decision to be negligent, wreckless and careless. Prayers got out to the families and loved ones of the victims.

  3. Frenchi says:

    This is really so sad. My prayers are with everyone involved, even the on-lookers. I can’t understand how the media can be so negative and heartless, where a need was felt to print Mr. Robinson has just dropped out of high school, it is not as if he will get his GED in heaven. Let’s show some respect for a man that was trying to assist someone in need.

  4. LORD bless us all says:

    Too sad, I broke down wen I heard this, JESUS IS ON HIS WAY! Senseless and u have to question if he evened loved his kids, to do that in there presence, I can’t even type with out crying……my heart goes out to the families who loved one did not make it home

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