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Blotter: Man arrested, charged with kidnapping

State troopers arrested a man near Mineral Wells on Wednesday morning and charged him with the aggravated kidnapping of a woman in Denton.

A woman called Denton police about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to report that her mother was being kidnapped near the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 380.

Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for Denton police, said the daughter told police she pulled up beside her mother and a man in another vehicle.

According to reports, the daughter told police her mom was screaming out the window for help and alleging the male had a gun and wouldn’t let her leave the vehicle.

The daughter told police she witnessed her mom drive toward U.S. 380 West and she knew they were headed for New Mexico, where they have a home. Grelle said a dispatcher was able to contact the 40-year-old female victim by calling her cellphone.

“She was crying and said ‘he has a gun’ before abruptly hanging up,” Grelle said.

Police alerted all agencies along Interstate 20 to New Mexico, prompting everyone to be on alert. Grelle said that early Wednesday morning, Department of Public Safety Troopers discovered the two in the vehicle, which had broken down on I-20 near Mineral Wells.

The couple claimed to be married, Grelle said. The female was uninjured and the male suspect, 33, was arrested and booked into Palo Pinto County Jail. A gun was found in the car, police said.


Other reports

3200 block of Shorewood Drive — An auto mechanic reported someone took one of his customer’s vehicles Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle was a Ford F150 valued at $5,000, according to sheriff’s officials.

9100 block of Greene Drive — An employee for a home builder discovered a 22-year-old Lewisville man asleep inside an empty house Tuesday morning, reports said. The home was located in Providence Village.



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

•  Denton County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers handled 732 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-seven people were booked into the Denton County Jail.

•  Denton police responded to 349 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 31 reports online.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 24 medical calls, one water leak, one gas leak, one public service call, one good intent call, one unauthorized burn, one person in distress call, one trash fire and one vehicle accident clean-up.

•  Lewisville police made 12 arrests.

•  The Colony firefighters responded to two medical calls, one vehicle fire and one motor vehicle accident.

•  Carrollton police responded to 119 incidents from Feb. 25 through Sunday.

Argyle firefighters responded to one inspection call. Argyle police responded to one ordinance violation, 24 traffic calls, four vehicle complaints, one welfare concern and assisted two agencies and one motorist.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one medical call. Aubrey police responded to five traffic calls and assisted three agencies.

Bartonville police responded to one audible alarm call, one suspicious vehicle call and assisted one agency.

Double Oak police responded to one suspicious activity call and five traffic calls.

Hickory Creek police assisted three agencies and responded to one carbon monoxide or hazmat call, one disturbance call, one follow-up investigation, 16 traffic calls and assisted one motorist.

Justin firefighters responded to one unknown fire and one medical call. Justin police assisted one agency and responded to one traffic call.

Krum firefighters responded to one medical call. Krum police responded to one harassment report, two ordinance violations, seven traffic calls, one vehicle complaint and assisted two agencies.

Krugerville police responded to one follow-up investigation, eight traffic calls and assisted one agency.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one assault/sexual assault, one carbon monoxide or hazmat call, three medical calls and one vehicle unlock.

Little Elm firefighters responded to seven medical calls. Little Elm police responded to one burglary in progress, one Child Protective Services referral, assisted two agencies, responded to one criminal mischief report, two follow-up investigations, one missing person, two reckless drivers, two traffic calls and three suspicious activity calls.

Oak Point police responded to one noise complaint, one theft report and nine traffic calls.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call. Ponder police responded to one ordinance violation, one medical call, one reckless driver and two traffic calls.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one medical call. Pilot Point police responded to one domestic disturbance and one suspicious person.

Sanger firefighters responded to three medical calls and assisted one citizen. Sanger police responded to two follow-up investigations, assisted one agency, responded to one medical call, one reckless driver, four suspicious activity calls, three traffic calls and one warrant investigation.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one medical call and assisted one citizen. Trophy Club police responded to one medical call, assisted two motorists and responded to two suspicious vehicle calls, 12 traffic call and one animal complaint.

— Megan Gray


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.