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Blotter: Woman's cousin defends her during alleged assault

A 43-year-old man allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend on Sunday before the woman's cousin intervened, causing the suspect to fall and hit his head on a rock near a driveway, according to police.

Joseph Ford, who police said suffered a large cut on the right side of his head, was taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of assault causing bodily injury with previous convictions.

At about 3:50 a.m., Ford showed up at his ex-girlfriend's cousin's house, where he allegedly charged and attacked the woman, according to department spokesman Shane Kizer. 

The victim said she fell to the ground and suffered a bruise on her head. Meanwhile, her cousin stepped in and caused the man to hit his head on a rock near the driveway, police said. According to Kizer, Ford said he was having trouble remembering the incident when speaking with investigators. 

The victim said she and Ford had been in a relationship for about a year. She told police that he's on probation for previously assaulting her. 

Other reports

1700 block of South Loop 288 — A 26-year-old man was arrested Sunday after a caller reported a suspicious person, saying he appeared to be on drugs and nervous inside a business in a strip mall, according to a police report.

Police arrested the man on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after they arrived on the scene at about 2 p.m. The report did not identify the business. The man was taken to Denton City Jail.

5300 block of Tartan Circle — A woman called police Sunday after her neighbor said the neighbor's husband was threatening and scaring her children.

Police did not make any arrests after they responded to the domestic disturbance at about 9 p.m. in an east Denton neighborhood. The report did not include further information.

600 block of Rose Street — Police returned a 13-year-old boy to his home Sunday after he had run away during a fight with his dad earlier in the day.

The report did not specify if it was a verbal or physical altercation.

The boy was with his aunt in the police department lobby when he first spoke to officers, the police report said. Police filed a domestic disturbance report, but no arrests were made.

2200 block of South Loop 288 — Several unidentified items were stolen from a 51-year-old woman's vehicle Sunday, according to a police report. Police took the report at about 11 a.m., but no arrests have been made.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 2,347 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 117 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 429 calls for service and made 30 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 53 medical calls, eight vehicle crashes and one building fire.