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Blotter: Man holds pair at gunpoint until deputies arrive

A man caught two would-be burglars trying to make off with his welder Monday, and he held them at bay with a shotgun until sheriff’s deputies arrived.

The man lives in the 1200 block of South U.S. Highway 377 in the Aubrey area. He called 911 at 7:19 a.m. to report that he was awakened by a noise and walked outside to investigate. He saw a truck parked on his property and a woman dragging a welding unit out of his shed.

He stepped back inside and picked up his cellphone and his shotgun. He called 911, and dispatchers could hear his conversation with the man and woman. Before complying with his commands, he said, the pair tried to run over him with the pickup.

The man tried to tell arriving deputies that he simply came to the man’s house to get his truck worked on. But the woman said her job was to steal the welder while the man distracted the victim.

Deputies noticed that the trailer being pulled by the pickup had the serial number scraped off and that other property on the trailer was missing identification plates. The deputies later determined that the trailer had been reported stolen by a Denton man.

Both people were charged with burglary, and an investigation is continuing.


Other reports

100 block of North Elm Street — Denton police received several calls about a roving drunk who caused problems along his way early Tuesday, according to a police report.

The first call came from a witness just after midnight. He reported that a man and woman were walking on the sidewalk, and the man was cursing and yelling at the woman. The man pulled off his shirt and flung it at the woman, the witness said, and then the man punched the window of an office and broke it.

Arriving officers did not see the man, but another witness walked up to announce that two men were fighting in the street about a block away.

About that time, dispatchers received a 911 call from a man who said he was driving in the 1600 block of North Elm Street when he came upon a man walking in the roadway. He slowed to avoid striking the man, the motorist said, and the intoxicated man walked up and punched the side mirror on the car with his fist. The motorist said he got out of the car to confront the man, who then began punching him in the face.

He showed arriving officers a house where the man went after attacking him. Three men were sitting on the porch of the house, according to the report, and one of the men got up and walked inside.

Officers questioned the remaining two, who said the third man had just been in a fight.

The officers called for the third man to come outside. He complied. He apologized for his actions, saying he had been at a bar and was extremely intoxicated. He had cuts on one hand that appeared to have come from a broken window. The officers took him to jail on charges of criminal mischief and assault.

4800 block of West University Drive — Someone stole two wheels and tires from the front of a box truck parked in front of a business sometime over the weekend, according to a report made Monday. The thieves propped the front of the truck up on blocks.



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

•  Denton police handled 285 service and officer-initiated calls, including six thefts, one disturbance, one forgery, three cases of criminal mischief, one identification theft, one burglary of a coin-operated machine, one home burglary, two vehicle burglaries, one domestic disturbance, one fight, one suicidal person and one fraud.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 27 medical calls, two traffic accidents, one request to assist police, one alarm, one grass fire and one request to assist an invalid.

Argyle firefighters responded to one medical call and one suicide attempt.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one alarm, three medical calls, one grass fire, one smoke investigation and one structure fire.

Double Oak firefighters responded to one suicide attempt.

Krum firefighters responded to three medical calls, one hazardous materials incident, one downed power line and one traffic accident.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one alarm, four medical calls, one grass fire, one suicide attempt, one traffic accident and one request to unlock a vehicle.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one alarm, two medical calls and one grass fire.

Ponder firefighters responded to three medical calls.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one grass fire, one structure fire, one suicide attempt and one medical call.

Sanger firefighters responded to one hazardous materials incident, one traffic accident, one suicide attempt and one medical call.

            — 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.