Confessed Getaway Driver Arrested in Uptown Murder Case

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DALLAS -- It’s the unsettling crime that left Uptown unnerved. 35-year-old pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher was gunned down in the parking garage of a luxury high-rise complex on Cedar Springs. Now, less than 72-hours after her murder, Dallas PD has made an arrest in the case.

23-year-old Crystal Cortes was booked early Saturday morning and charged with capital murder.

Kendra Hatcher shot and killed in Uptown Dallas parking garage
Kendra Hatcher

Police say Cortes is the woman seen in the grainy surveillance pictures, driving what cops initially called a “vehicle of interest.”

According to the arrest affidavit, DPD investigators found Cortes after a woman came forward and told cops she allowed Cortes to use the Jeep Cherokee spotted leaving the crime scene.

Cortes confessed to cops she was paid $500 to drive an unknown male to Hatcher's Uptown complex with the intent to rob her. The document also reveals Cortes told investigators the man exited the vehicle, shot Hatcher and took several of her items.

The Gables Park 17 garage is gated and requires security access. Yet, DPD says Cortes and the gunman, who remains on the run, managed to follow another car into the garage where they waited for Hatcher to arrive.

A growing memorial adorns a wall outside the garage. It’s filled with loving messages for the young woman who was adored by so many.

Now, the investigation is focused on finding Hatcher’s killer and figuring out why anyone wanted to harm her.

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