Denton police encountered a 17-year-old boy with an assault rifle late Monday and used a negotiator to finally talk him into putting the gun aside.
An officer reported that he was in the area of South Bonnie Brae Street and Vintage Street when he received a report that the teen, who had been a suspect in a hit-and-run accident earlier, wanted to turn himself in.
The officer spotted a bicycle leaning against a gate and saw someone sitting on the ground. He noticed a pistol-grip .308-caliber rifle in the man’s lap. The officer began giving the man commands to put the rifle aside, but he did not respond. He was not pointing the rifle at the officer. It was lying across his lap, according to the report. The officer backed up to his squad car and radioed for help from other officers.
As other officers arrived, they also began giving the man commands to put the weapon aside, but he did not. Still, he did not pick up the rifle. At one point he told the officers that he had five guns.
A SWAT team and a negotiator were sent to the scene. The teen said he wanted to talk to his girlfriend, but she did not have a telephone. The negotiator continued talking to him until he finally agreed to lay the weapon to one side. The rifle contained 10 rounds of ammunition with one round chambered, according to the report. In his backpack, officers found a full 50-round drum of ammunition.
He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
South Denton — A mother told police Monday that she has just learned that two men sexually assaulted her 15-year-old daughter a month ago.
The mother said the girl has been acting differently and suffering from intense mood swings. She finally talked to her about it, and the girl admitted that when she spent the night at a friend’s house last month they didn’t really sleep there.
She said they went to a party at a house that had been foreclosed on and had a small amount of furniture. There were a large number of people at the party and large amounts of alcohol and drugs, she said.
She awoke in the house and her friend told her that she had seen her having sex with a 24-year-old man, and she believed another man also took advantage of her incapacity. An investigation is continuing.
From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:
• Denton police handled 245 service and officer-initiated calls, including five vehicle burglaries, two runaways, one deceased person, three burglaries, one domestic disturbance, 12 thefts, one aggravated robbery, one fraud, one sexual assault, one person with a gun, one threat and three reports of criminal mischief.
• Denton County Sheriff’s dispatchers handled 674 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Twenty-eight people were booked into county jail.Deputies took reports of seven thefts, one case of criminal mischief, one forgery, one vehicle burglary and one assault.
• Denton firefighters responded to 18 medical calls, one false call, one elevator rescue and three traffic accidents.
Argyle firefighters responded to three medical calls.
Aubrey firefighters responded to one medical call.
Krum firefighters responded to one hazardous materials call and three medical calls.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to two medical calls, one alarm, one overdose, one suicide attempt and one traffic accident.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call.
Ponder firefighters responded to one hazardous materials incident and two medical calls.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one request to assist a citizen, one inspection, one grass fire, one illegal burn, and one medical call.
Sanger firefighters responded to one medical call, one grass fire, one overdose and one suicide attempt.
— Donna Fielder
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.