Denton police are skeptical of a story told by a man they saw running in the area of Fannin and Welch streets late Tuesday after gunshots were reported.
An officer was nearby when calls came in just after 11 p.m. and he saw several men running away. He caught the last man and asked him what was happening, according to the report.
The man said he had just been robbed. He said he was riding around with three friends and they dropped him off. He was walking when two men with 9mm pistols confronted him, he said. One said, “What you got?”
He said he ran and one of the men fired a shot after him. He stopped, he said, and one of the men hit him in the head with a pistol and they took his wallet, his money clip with $100, his cellphone and credit cards. Then they ran away, he said.
Meanwhile other officers caught the other running men. They said they were friends of the man who said he was robbed, and their names matched the names he had given for the men who dropped him off. Officers asked that man to look at those men to see whether they were the ones who robbed him. He said no. He said that “my people” handle things differently.
An investigation into the episode is continuing.
Sundown Ranch — A woman notified police via e-mail report Monday that a man exposed his genitals to her.
She said she was out running when she saw the man pulling down his shorts to expose himself. She said she ran by him again but did not look this time.
700 block of Estates Drive, Copper Canyon — A woman reported to sheriff’s deputies Monday that someone tampered with a rent house she owns. She discovered that someone removed four 12-ton bottle jacks from underneath the house. The jacks were supporting the foundation and some damage has occurred, she said.
From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:
• Denton police handled 256 service and officer-initiated calls, including seven reports of criminal mischief, one attempted break-in, two domestic disturbances, five thefts, two assaults, one forgery, one case of credit card abuse, one robbery, three reports of harassment, one indecent exposure, two threats, two burglaries and one lost dog.
• Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 695 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-one people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of four thefts and one burglary.
• Denton firefighters responded to 21 medical calls, one alarm, two oil spills, one water problem, one gas leak and two requests to assist an invalid.
Argyle firefighters responded to three medical calls.
Aubrey firefighters responded to one alarm and four medical calls.
Krum firefighters responded to one medical call and one suicide attempt.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to five medical calls, one smoke investigation and one traffic accident.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one alarm.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one request to unlock a vehicle.
Sanger firefighters responded to one alarm, three medical calls and two suicide attempts.
— 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.