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Blotter: Woman loses consciousness, suffers facial injuries in dispute over bar tab

A 22-year-old woman lost consciousness and suffered a broken nose early Monday after she said a man punched her in the face during a dispute outside a south Denton home, according to police. 

The police report was made at about 5 a.m. Monday. A few hours earlier, the suspect and the victim had been with a group of people at Hooligans bar on the Square, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said. He said the suspect appeared to be an acquaintance of the victim. 

When a waitress asked who would pay for the tab, the suspect gestured toward the victim, who ended up paying the bill for both her and the suspect, Kizer said. Later, the victim went to the suspect's home in the 1200 block of Peak Street. 

The victim started arguing with the suspect about the bar tab when the man's girlfriend started hitting her, Kizer said. Another man wearing a camouflage jacket hit her as well, but the victim told police those two people didn't hurt her, according Kizer. 

The suspect eventually stepped in and hit her with a closed fist, causing her to lose consciousness and fall to the ground, Kizer said. 

The woman was taken to a local hospital with her eye swollen shut. Doctors said she also suffered a broken nose, according to the police report. 

The victim's sister later went to the suspect's home to confront the suspect, but the man answered the door with a rifle, police said. Police are working on obtaining an arrest warrant for the suspect. 

Other reports 

700 block of Fort Worth Drive — A 20-year-old man said someone pointed a handgun at him and attempted to run over him with a car Monday at the Whataburger in the 700 block of Fort Worth Drive.  

The victim told police that the suspect, who was not identified in the report, has been threatening to kill him after a "prior incident." The report did not specify when that incident occurred or what happened at the time. 

The victim said the man tried to run him over about 20 minutes before he called police at 12:11 a.m. Denton police spoke to the victim when they arrived on the scene, but no charges have been filed. 

6600 block of Grissom Road — Two brothers needed to be restrained Monday after a fight broke out over a toy lizard, according to police. 

Police said one of the brothers hit the other in the arm for standing on the toy lizard. The fight continued to escalate until family members broke them up. 

The younger brother, 16, got hit in the throat as family members tried to restrain him, the report said. It's unclear whether police were dispatched to the location, and no arrests were made. 

2000 block of West Windsor Drive — Two occupants of a vehicle were found with marijuana and a handgun Monday after police came upon their vehicle past curfew at North Lakes Park.

The park closes at 10 p.m., and police saw the vehicle parked in the area at about 10:30 p.m., the report said. 

Police said the driver, a 20-year-old man, was in possession of marijuana and a handgun. The 17-year-old passenger was also found with marijuana, according to the report. 

Both were charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, while the driver received an additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. They were taken to Denton City Jail. 

2200 block of Hollyhill Lane — A 76-year-old man was scammed out of an unspecified amount of money on Monday after someone called him pretending to be his grandson, according to police. 

The caller told the victim that he was in a car accident and needed money to avoid jail. The victim said he paid what the caller requested before realizing it was a scam. 

The man submitted a report at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. No arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 970 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 33 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 143 calls for service and made 11 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 15 medical calls, three vehicle crashes, and one bomb scare  in which no bomb was found.