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Blotter: Man kidnapped from Denton apartment complex, dropped off in Farmers Branch

A shoeless man walked into a Waffle House in Farmers Branch on Tuesday to call police shortly after he was kidnapped from a Denton apartment complex, according to police. 

At least two suspects had taken his shoes and cellphone before they let him out of a silver Chevrolet Impala on Valwood Parkway in Farmers Branch, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer. 

The 25-year-old man told police he had been at a friend's apartment at the Epic Apartments in the 3200 block of South Interstate 35E. Kizer said the victim couldn't remember his friend's last name. 

The man, Kizer said, was waiting for an Uber ride when the Chevrolet Impala "suddenly speeds up and stops right in front of him." A man with dreadlocks jumped out of the backseat and pushed the man into the front passenger seat, he said. 

The victim said the driver was bald, but the report did not elaborate on the description, Kizer said. He said the man with dreadlocks was grabbing the victim by the neck from the back seat. When the victim pulled out his cellphone, one of the men took it away. The suspects also took the victim's watch and lime green Nike tennis shoes, Kizer said. 

The victim later told police that one of the men discharged a "stun gun" near him, but it didn't injure him. He also said the men referred to a handgun but never displayed a firearm. 

The pair eventually dropped off the man in Farmers Branch, where he called police wearing only his socks from the Waffle House. 

No arrests have been made.

Mothers, babies at Center for Women moved to main building 

Fifteen mothers and 15 babies have been moved from the Center for Women at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton to the main building while workers deal with a water main malfunction, according to hospital officials. 

Mark Riordan, vice president of communications at Texas Health Resources, said a water main break outside of the center last week caused water malfunctions inside the Center for Women. Workers temporarily shut off the water, but a recent leak delayed the repair process, he said. 

The center is designed to assist labor and delivery for expecting mother, as well as treat pregnant women who are sick. The center is directly behind the hospital off Bonnie Brae Street. 

Riordan said the main hospital has all the necessary equipment for the patients' ongoing treatment.

"We expect everything to be up and running [at the center] early next week," he said. 

The fire department was notified about the malfunction on Nov. 7. Department spokesman Brian Glenn said paramedics haven't treated any patients who would have needed to be transported to the center. 

Man suffers head injuries after fight over $40

A homeless man suffered multiple deep cuts exposing his skull Tuesday after a fight with another homeless man over $40, according to police.

The incident occurred near the intersection of East Collins Street and Johnson Street.

Witnesses said the suspect was "holding something long" during the fight, which police now believe was an ax handle. The 48-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital, but the police report did not specify the man's current condition, department spokesman Shane Kizer said. 

Reporting officers described the victim as "combative" because of his injuries. Police also located a campsite in a wooded area near the location, but it's unclear whether the suspect and victim lived there, Kizer said. 

Police spoke to a man on the scene without knowing he was the primary suspect at the time. Officers couldn't find him when they tried to contact him later, and no arrests were made, Kizer said. 


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 900 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 46 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 182 calls for service and made seven arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 37 medical calls, two vehicle crashes, one building fire and one gas leak.