Blotter: Woman runs from armed robber

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Denton police were dispatched to a report of an aggravated robbery in the 200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street at about 10:18 p.m. Thursday to find a small crowd gathered in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Police say this is the third recent robbery where the robbers targeted women in apartment complex parking lots.

A woman told police that she had returned home with a bag of fast food when a sport utility vehicle drove up behind her.

A man stepped out of the passenger’s side, pointed a gun at her and said, “Give me your money; give me your money,” according to the police report.

The woman screamed and ran, but then fell. She told police that she looked back to see the SUV reversing back through the parking lot and saw a few more details about the vehicle.

Officers took reports from four other witnesses about what they heard and saw. Witnesses and the victim described the suspect and the SUV.

Police located an SUV matching the description parked outside another building in the apartment complex, according to the report. An investigation is continuing.

Police are looking for two black men between the ages of 20 and 25. Both are 5-foot-9 to 6-feet tall. One has a thin build, short hair and is clean shaven; the other is described as heavy-set, with short hair, a “pudgy” face and clean shaven.

Thursday’s incident was the first time police received a vehicle description. The SUV was described as compact, either silver, gray or light gold and similar in style to a GMC Envoy.

Its windows were dark tinted, and the vehicle had shiny, large after-market wheels and bright LED headlights.

Anyone with information about these crimes or who sees suspicious activity involving people or a vehicle matching this description should call Denton police at 940-349-8181 and then dial option 9 on the menu.

 

Other reports

110 block of West University Drive — A pharmacy employee called police at about 3:23 a.m. to report that a man wearing a blue bandanna over his face had cornered him in one of the aisles and demanded all the money in the register.

The employee described the man as Hispanic and in his mid to late 30s, according to the police report. He was wearing a dark shirt and baggy pants.

The man was carrying a gun, according to the police report.

Once the man got the money, he took off on foot, but the employee did not know which direction he went.

2800 block of Fort Worth Drive — A man called police Thursday to report a suspicious call Tuesday. A woman had called from the 972 area code and identified herself as someone working for Borman Elementary School.

The woman asked a lot of questions about the man’s daughters, including whether they had computers and where the parents worked and what hours, according to the police report.

She told the man about scholarships for his daughters and made an appointment to visit the family Wednesday, but never showed, the man told police.

The man went with his daughters to school Thursday to try to find out whether the call was legitimate, since he’d heard from friends that they’d received similar calls and their homes were later broken into.

No one at the school knew anything about the call, according to the police report.

Concerned for their safety, the man kept his daughters home from school Thursday.

600 block of East Hickory Street — An officer went to the police department lobby to take a check forgery report from a Denton businessman. The man said that his bank called him to ask about five suspicious checks totaling $8,260 on his business account, according to a police report.

The man confirmed the checks were not his and the bank asked him to file a report with police.

10200 block of Waterbury Drive, Providence Village area — A sheriff’s deputy took a complaint from a man who said his ex-girlfriend took his credit card and used it without his permission, according to a deputy’s report.

 

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:

* Denton police handled 269 service and officer-initiated calls.

* Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 692 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve, including 116 calls for sheriff’s deputies. Forty-eight people were booked into county jail.

* Denton firefighters responded to 36 medical calls, three traffic accidents with injuries, three calls for assistance, one smoke detector investigation and one grass fire.

Argyle firefighters responded to one hay fire, one fire alarm and one traffic incident.

Aubrey firefighters responded to four medical calls, one vehicle fire and one traffic incident.

Krum firefighters responded to two medical calls, one illegal burn and one hazardous materials incident.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to six medical calls, two calls for assistance, one inspection, one structure fire and one vehicle fire.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one fire alarm.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to two requests for assistance.

Sanger firefighters responded to three medical calls and one grass fire.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her email address is pheinkel-wolfe@dentonrc.com.

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.


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