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Blotter: Woman claims boyfriend choked her, threatened to kill her

A 32-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon after his girlfriend told police he choked her to stop her from leaving their Southeast Denton apartment.

The 36-year-old woman called police at about noon Sunday to report her boyfriend was trying to pry open the bedroom door in her apartment, located in the 2500 block of Stockbridge Road, after the couple got into an argument.

When officers arrived at the apartment, the woman told them the man tried to stop her from leaving by pushing his forearm against her throat, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said. The woman also claimed the man said, "I'm going to kill you before the cops get here," according to Kizer.

Kizer said the man admitted to taking away the woman's phone and stopping her from leaving, but denied choking her. Officers didn't see any marks around the woman's throat, but did note damage to the bathroom and bedroom doors.

The man was arrested and taken to Denton City Jail. He was charged with assault to a family member, unlawful restraint and interfering with an emergency call.

Other reports

2800 block of South Mayhill Road — Employees at a local psychiatric hospital said a man repeatedly called the facility to sexually harass female workers and masturbate while he spoke to them.

Officers responded to a harassment call at approximately 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the Mayhill Hospital. Employees said a man had called three times in the past two days, making sexual comments and using lewd language.

Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said the man first called on Saturday saying he was in crisis and needed to set up an appointment. The woman who answered the phone told police she could hear the man moaning while she was talking and thought he was masturbating. She also said he told her he could "feel a connection" over the phone and "couldn't wait" to come to the hospital to have sex with her, Kizer said.

The man called a second time Saturday afternoon and began describing his penis to the woman who answered the phone, Kizer said. When the man called a third time on Sunday, a male employee answered the phone. Kizer said the man told the employee he should thank the female employees for "helping him."

No arrests were made, but a report was filed.

2700 block of Hilcroft Avenue — A 17-year-old boy was arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing his grandfather's car, police say.

According to a police report, the teenager had stolen his 70-year-old grandfather's car keys last week and came back at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday to take the car from the driveway. The man reported his car stolen to police. When officers came to get more information, they saw the 17-year-old getting out of the stolen car that was parked down the street, according to a police report. 

The teen was arrested and taken to Denton City Jail, where he remains on $5,000 bail. He was charged with theft between $2,500 and $30,000 as well as burglary of a habitation.

700 block of Hercules Lane — A 57-year-old man was arrested Sunday when his ex-girlfriend told police he cut her finger with a butcher knife.

According to a police report, the man and 34-year-old woman got into an argument at about 8 a.m. Sunday. The woman told police the man was waving a knife at her and cut her index finger, causing it to bleed. The man denied her claim and told officers he tried to grab the knife when the woman pointed it at him.

While officers were talking to the two, they noticed red marks and scratches on the man's head, Kizer said. They also noted swelling on the woman's face. Kizer said the man told officers she had tripped and fallen on a table, but officers didn't see any damage or disheveled items on the table.

The man was arrested and taken to Denton City Jail, where he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

700 block of Lakey Street — Police arrested a 32-year-old man Sunday night when he admitted to stealing a gun from someone's truck, according to a police report.

A 32-year-old homeowner called police at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday when he saw a man break into his truck on a surveillance camera. The homeowner told officers he went outside and saw that his gun was missing. He said he chased after the man, but lost sight of him when they got to a wooded area.

Police tracked down a known car burglar who  matched the suspect's description, according to the report. When officers confronted the man, he admitted to breaking into the homeowner's truck and stealing the gun, the report said.

The man was arrested and charged with burglary of a vehicle with two previous convictions.


From 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office booked 23 people into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 123 calls for service and made 12 arrests.