An off-duty Denton police officer was caught up in a friend’s family disturbance New Year’s Eve.
Denton police responded to a domestic call in the 3500 block of Marquette Drive, where it was reported the suspect had a knife. When officers arrived on the scene, they were contacted by an off-duty officer who stated that he was at a friend’s house, and the friend’s brother threatened the friend with a pocketknife and tried to start a fight.
The victim in the incident said his brother was upset with him over something that occurred earlier in the night. The victim reported that his brother was intoxicated and when they approached him in the kitchen, he became upset and wanted to fight.
The suspect was reported to have pulled a pocketknife out of his pocket, threatening the victim’s life, according to the report.
The victim and the off-duty officer said the suspect placed the pocketknife on a table and began fighting them to the point they had to forcibly gain control of him to keep him from hurting them or himself until the police arrived.
The suspect confirmed that the knife was his but denied threatening anyone with it before being arrested for aggravated assault family violence with a deadly weapon.
2700 block of West University Drive — A store employee called Denton police Monday to report that a man selected several items, placed them in a shopping cart and exited the business without attempting to pay.
The caller said the man fled after being confronted outside.
The man was later located in the area and, after a foot pursuit, was arrested on charges of theft, evading arrest/detention and criminal mischief.
5100 block of East University Drive — A woman reported Monday that her purse was stolen from her car while she was jogging. The woman said she returned from her run and found the window of her vehicle broken and called police.
1200 block of North Elm Street — The sign in front of St. Barnabas Church was damaged Monday by a large rock. Damage to the sign was reported to be about $1,000, according to a police report.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6889. His 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.