Two men told the sheriff’s office that they were trying to repossess a tractor Tuesday when they were accosted by a man pointing a gun at them.
The father-and-son team said they had contracted with a company to repossess the tractor. They pulled onto the property in the 100 block of Whitmore Road and saw a man walk out of an outbuilding. He claimed not to be the man they were looking for, who was giving up the tractor, but said he was that man’s brother.
He walked back into the shed and then returned moments later with a chrome pistol with wood grips, the report states. He tried to open the passenger door and the son pushed him away. He pointed the gun at both men and told them to get out of the truck and get on the ground, they said.
Then he told them to get off his property. They got back in the truck and drove away before calling the sheriff’s office for help.
Deputies arrived at the location and found the suspect. He said he was the man who was supposed to give up the tractor. He also said he pointed the gun at the two repossession agents, the report states.
The deputies took him to county jail on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
500 block of Par Drive — A man called Denton police to report that he had found a toddler alone in a parking lot trying to get inside vehicles there. The man said he tried to talk to the child, but the child simply babbled and ran away.
An arriving officer coaxed the child to him and tried to talk but made no progress.
He was about to take the child for safekeeping when he heard a woman calling to him.
The woman was the child’s mother. She said he is autistic and he can open any lock she has put on her apartment door. She placed a chain lock high on the door, well out of his reach, she said.
But she said she has a new roommate who forgot to latch the chain earlier when she came in and the boy escaped the apartment.
The officer noted the child was clean and healthy and the apartment was tidy. The woman said she already had been reported to Child Protective Services because she cannot keep him inside.
From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:
- Denton police handled 438 service and officer-initiated calls, including one welfare concern, one credit card abuse, two domestic disturbances, one case of failure to register as a sex offender, two thefts, two burglaries, one report of indecent exposure, one threat, two reports of criminal mischief and one runaway.
- Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 604 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-seven people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one disturbance, three thefts, one burglary and one assault.
- Denton firefighters responded to seven medical calls, two traffic accidents, one request to assist police, one request for public service, one grass fire and one unauthorized burn.
Argyle firefighters responded to one medical call and one inspection.
Aubrey firefighters responded to one electrical fire and one suicide attempt.
Krum firefighters responded to one illegal burn.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to one hazardous materials incident, five medical calls and one traffic accident.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one electrical fire and one request to unlock a vehicle.
Sanger firefighters responded to one medical call.
DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.