Truce between Trophy Club teens and cops over 'fugitive' game

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Updated Saturday, May 3 at 12:28 AM

TROPHY CLUB -- They made peace, after making waves. 

"Oh, I think it's gotten completely blown out of proportion, in my opinion," said organizer Wade Lewis. 

About 50 kids gathered in Harmony Park Friday to play another round of a game that had all of Trophy Club talking.

"Fugitive" is like an extreme game of tag or cops and robbers. Kids divide into teams of bad guys and good guys and try to safely run from a city park to a grocery store parking lot. Lewis said it's been played on Friday nights for years in Trophy Club.

"It's basically a game to get away from the stress around school, and to encourage kids to stay active and healthy," he said.

But homeowners in Trophy Club have complained it's been bleeding over onto private property. Some have called 911 after looking out their windows late at night and seeing a stranger in their yard. Police said complaints have been escalating the last few Friday nights.

Mayor Connie White sees both sides of the issue.

"I do. I see where a homeowner can be worried, and I see where kids can play," she said. "We have to find the happy medium."

With kids using social media to spread the word about where to meet and when to play, the games have been growing. So Trophy Club police met with Lewis Thursday night and explained the game is fine, as long as the players stay on public property and as long as kids don't break the curfew in the public parks.

Police showed up Friday at Harmony Park to reiterate their requests to the players.

"All we ask is that you do it safely and legally -- legally being 'stay off private property,'" Commander Lee Delk told the crowd before the game began.

Officers on bikes followed along. Police said they got a handful of calls from residents, but none reported kids on private property.

Lewis said he's considering having everyone wear the same color, so outsiders would know who the participants are.

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