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Blotter: Theft suspect runs from police who were to serve arrest warrants

A burglary suspect is on the loose after running from Denton police officers who were trying to serve two warrants for his arrest Friday in the south Denton neighborhood of Southridge. 

Lars Hunter Andersen, 27, has two outstanding Denton police warrants for theft under $2,500 with two or more previous convictions and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft. 

Lars Hunter Andersen mugshot from arrest in April 2016.Denton Police Department
Lars Hunter Andersen mugshot from arrest in April 2016.
Denton Police Department

The theft charge, a state jail felony, stems from an offense July 11. The burglary charge, a second-degree felony, is connected to video surveillance footage that shows Andersen walking up to a Southridge resident's garage on Monday morning in the 1100 block of Chapel Drive. Police said he entered the resident's garage, hopped in an unlocked 2017 Chevy Cruze and drove away. 

Police found the car hours later in the same neighborhood but couldn't locate the suspect.  

At about 10:30 a.m. Friday, police drove to a Southridge home in the 800 block of Sandpiper Drive to arrest him on the two active warrants. But Anderson fled on foot when officers confronted him, running through driveways and backyards throughout the neighborhood, according to witness accounts. 

Department spokesman Bryan Cose said it's unclear whether the man lived in the neighborhood. He was last seen walking on Teasley Lane toward Interstate 35E at about noon. Police concluded their search at about 12:15 p.m., Cose said.  

Police do not believe he is armed. Witnesses described him as a 6-foot, 170-pound white man with blond hair. He has previously been booked into Denton City Jail eight times on charges ranging from theft to drug possession, Cose said. 

No arrest yet in shooting incident

Denton police still have not arrested a suspect in the shooting Monday near Quakertown Park. 

The victim, who police have not identified, is cooperating with investigators during treatment at Medical City Denton. He suffered at least two gunshot wounds, and had been in the hospital's intensive care unit for a couple of days after the shooting, department spokesman Shane Kizer said.  

Investigators have just recently been able to speak to the 26-year-old Lewisville man, he said. 

Police have not released any descriptive information about the suspect but said he knows the victim. Kizer said the suspect and victim had been driving southbound on Mingo Road at about 6:40 p.m. Monday. The victim was driving a Jaguar XF and the suspect a small sedan, police said.

When both cars approached the traffic signal at Bell Avenue, the suspect fired multiple shots at the victim, causing the victim to veer left and crash his vehicle into the metal fence surrounding Massey Auto Sales Service & Parts. 

The suspect fled the scene before an off-duty officer came upon the wreckage.

Other reports

2200 block of Georgetown Drive — An elderly couple said they were scammed out of at least $2,000 Thursday by someone impersonating a police officer.

The suspect, who police have not been able to identify, instructed the couple to buy two $2,000 gift cards from Best Buy in order to bail their son out of jail, according to a police report. The woman is 68 years old and the man is 82.

The couple purchased the gift cards but later found out their son wasn't in jail after speaking to him. They were able to cancel one of the cards, but the other was cashed out, the report said.

No arrests were made.

1000 block of Gober Street — A 42-year-old man was caught with methamphetamine on Thursday after police charged him with driving while intoxicated in a west Denton neighborhood, according to a police report.

Police were first called to the neighborhood at 12:45 p.m. to assist paramedics. They later arrested the man on the DWI charge and found him with methamphetamine weighing between 1 and 4 grams, the report said.

He was taken to Denton City Jail.

500 block of North Loop 288 — Police arrested a 22-year-old woman Thursday after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend at the Loop Apartments, according to a report.

The report did not outline the specific details of the incident.  It's unclear whether the boyfriend was injured. She was taken to Denton City Jail in lieu of a $2,500 bail.

Roundup

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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 901 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 50 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 144 calls for service and made 13 arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 26 medical calls, one smoke detector call and one call for public service.