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Blotter: Police seek two suspects in convenience store holdup

Denton police are looking for two robbery suspects who held a clerk at gunpoint at the Cracker Barrel Convenience Store in the 400 block of Coronado Drive in northeast Denton, police said. 

Police received the first emergency call about 10:20 p.m. from a man across the street from the store. The witness said he saw one of the suspects pointing a handgun at the clerk's head, according to police spokesman Shane Kizer. 

The clerk, 26, also called police after the suspects left. The clerk said one of the suspects — a 5-foot, 11-inch black man with a slender build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt — walked into the store and jumped over the counter holding a handgun, Kizer said. 

Kizer said the first suspect guided the clerk toward the cash register while a second suspect — a slender, dark-skinned man who concealed his face in a the hood of a neon green sweatshirt— also walked toward the register. 

Both men got away with between $400 and $500, Kizer said. Denton police are reviewing video surveillance footage from the store. 

Multiple crashes lead to heavy backup near Interstate 35E and State School Road 

Several crashes and one fuel spill led to heavy congestion Friday morning on Interstate 35E about halfway between Loop 288 and State School Road, according to police. 

No one suffered major injuries, but Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said he wasn't sure whether someone was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that weren't life threatening. 

First, at 7:31 a.m., Denton police received a call that a vehicle drove onto the service road from the northbound lanes of the interstate after crossing the grassy median. The driver struck another vehicle, and witnesses later said a school bus also was involved in that wreck, Kizer said. 

No kids were on the school bus, and no one was transported to a hospital in that incident, he said. 

Then, at 8:22 a.m., Denton police received a call from the same area — halfway between Loop 288 and the State School Road  — for a multi-car crash and a simultaneous fuel spill in the southbound lanes of the highway. 

Kizer said six vehicles were involved in that wreck, while an 18-wheeler had leaked fuel on the roadway. The Denton Fire Department's hazmat crew and Denton police responded to the scene. 

At the time, traffic was forced to take the State School Road exit while authorities cleared the scene. During the cleanup, at 8:57 p.m., an 18-wheeler and a Mitsubishi "bumped fenders," Kizer said.  

Investigators cleared the whole scene about 10 a.m., Kizer said. 

Other reports 

2800 block of West University Drive — A woman's vehicle was found abandoned at an unspecified location after it was stolen from a Race Trac parking lot. 

According to a police report, the woman parked her 2003 Hyundai Tiburon at the air pumps while she went inside the convenience store. She left it running with the keys inside, and it wasn't there when she walked out of the store, the report said. 

Police said they found the abandoned vehicle within a couple of hours. The report didn't specify where it was located. No arrests were made. 

400 block of Ame Drive — An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday night on an assault charge after an apartment neighbor heard a woman saying, "Don't hit me," according to a police report. 

The downstairs neighbor called police about 8 p.m. and said it sounded as if the woman had been thrown against a wall. Police were dispatched to the apartment and arrested the man on a charge of assault family violence. 

He also had an outstanding Cooke County warrant for tampering with a government record. He was taken to Denton City Jail. 

100 block of West Hickory Street — A 42-year-old man was kicked out of the Courthouse on the Square on Thursday evening after he was previously issued a notice of criminal trespassing at the property, according to a police report. 

Denton police arrested him on the trespassing charg about 6:20 p.m. and took him to Denton City Jail. 


From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:

48 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 156 calls for service and made 28 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 16 medical calls, two vehicle crashes and one building fire.