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Blotter: Man arrested at train station

Police arrested a man they said attempted to use his dead father’s police credentials to obtain free train services.

According to a Denton police report, an officer responded to a call regarding an unconscious man in the 600 block of East Hickory Street shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

An employee at the train station told Denton police the man attempted to purchase a $10 train ticket and she was attempting to help him. When he pulled out his wallet, the woman said she noticed a police badge.

The man told her he was a police officer in Louisiana, according to the police report. Based on his statements and believing he was a law enforcement officer, the woman told police she told the man he could ride free.

After obtaining his ticket, the man went to the waiting area and sat down.

Shortly before the train was to arrive, another employee noticed the man was asleep and attempted to wake him up so he would not miss his train but could not wake him.

Several other people attempted to wake the man, but he would not stay awake, and someone called 911, according to the report.

When police arrived, the man was awake and lucid and refused transport to a local hospital. The Denton officer asked the man if he was a police officer, to which he responded he was an auxiliary officer from Louisiana. The man later confessed to police the wallet and badge belonged to his father, who is deceased. Denton police found a BB gun inside one of two bags the man was carrying.


Other reports

3000 block of Oakshire Street — A woman reported to Denton police that an urn with her grandfather’s ashes was stolen from her car between 10 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

According to a police report, the woman told police she parked her car unlocked Monday night, and when she returned the following morning, the urn, which was inside a cardboard box in the car, was gone.

The woman checked with family members who all said they didn’t have the ashes.

Officers were unable to lift any fingerprints from the vehicle, according to the report.



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

•  Denton police handled 247 service and officer-initiated calls including reports of possession of marijuana, an unsecured apartment, three burglaries of a motor vehicle reports, three thefts, two unconscious people, a suicide, a missing person, a fraud report, an abandoned four-wheeler, a domestic disturbance, an assault and a domestic violence report.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 598 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-eight people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of a theft of a motor vehicle, a fraudulent use or possession of identifying information report, five thefts and a burglary of a motor vehicle.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 17 medical calls, two police matters, a request to assist an invalid, an alarm sounding, an accident, five vehicle accidents, a heat detector activation, a water/steam leak, two requests for public service, a dead on scene report and a pedestrian involved/hit by a motor vehicle.

Argyle firefighters responded to three medical calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to an animal bite attack, five medical calls and one unknown fire.

Double Oak firefighters responded to a medical call.

Krum firefighters responded to a medical alarm, a medical call, an illegal burn and a request to unlock a vehicle.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to a request to assist a citizen, a domestic disturbance, a vehicle fire, four psych or suicide attempts and a medical call.

Oak Point firefighters responded to an animal attack and a medical call.

Ponder firefighters responded to a medical alarm.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to three medical calls and a request to assist a citizen.

Sanger firefighters responded to two medic calls.

— Britney Tabor

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.