Trophy Club police meet with ‘Fugitive’ game organizer about safety

Posted Friday, May. 02, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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A Trophy Club police commander met this week with an organizer of the so-called “Fugitive” game, hoping to reach an understanding about how it can be played safely and without crossing private property.

For about a month on weekend, night-shift patrol officers have responded to reports about large numbers of young people in Harmony Park and in nearby neighborhoods playing the game.

This extreme game of tag, organized through social media, involves participants dividing into “cops” and “fugitives.” The “cops, “ in cars, chase the “fugitives,” who are on foot. The danger comes in when the “cops” jump out of cars during the chase, or “fugitives“ go into strange back yards. In some games, flashlights are used to tag “fugitives .”

Residents have been concerned for the players’ safety, police said.

Officers this week were bracing for another weekend of “Fugitive” activity. But, on Thursday evening, Police Commander Lee Delk met with an organizer.

“The positive meeting resulted in mutual agreement of the rules and possible negative implications if the rules are not followed,” Delk said in a news release. “The players must stay off private property, including Trophy Club Country Club property, and stay out of parks an hour past sunset.”

No one had been arrested playing the game as of Friday, but authorities said players risk physical injury and could face arrests or citations.

“Authorities will continue to patrol and monitor the community and respond, as necessary, if issues arise,” Delk said. “The town’s primary concern is for the health, safety and welfare of both the Trophy Club residents and the Fugitive players.”

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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