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Blotter: Denton police search for man who smashed bottle against another man's face

Denton police are looking for a man who smashed a glass bottle against another man's face Saturday at Fry Street Tavern in the 100 block of Avenue A near the University of North Texas campus, according to police. 

Denton police have not been able to identify the man through witnesses at the scene, according to department spokesman Bryan Cose. He is described as a bearded white male, last seen wearing a T-shirt with an American flag on the left sleeve, dark pants and a hat.

Cose said the attack was unprovoked. In security camera footage released by the department Thursday, the suspect can be seen talking to the victim before grabbing the back of his neck and smashing the bottle against his face at 2:04 a.m. He is shown leaving the bar about 30 seconds later.

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VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: This video from a bar in the 100 block of Ave A shows a suspect striking the victim in the head with a glass bottle causing injury. The suspect was described as a white male, wearing a t-shirt with an American flag on the left sleeve, dark pants, and hat with a beard. If you recognize this assailant, please call Inv. Muphy at 940-349-7916.

Posted by City of Denton Police Department on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Meanwhile, the victim was taken to a hospital with facial injuries, Cose said. Anyone with information about the suspect can call Investigator Christopher Murphy at 940-349-7916.

Other reports

2200 block of Emerson Lane — A 42-year-old man allegedly used a pipe to enter a house on Wednesday and assaulted his stepson and another man inside, according to a police report.

He was later arrested on a charge of assault causing bodily injury and taken to Denton City Jail.

A woman called police about 8:20 p.m. and identified the man as her husband. After an investigation, police determined that the man was angry because his wife's ex-husband moved in with them. It's unclear whether the suspect lived at the home and why the man allegedly used a pipe to enter the residence.

The woman's ex-husband suffered minor injuries.

2500 block of Stockbridge Road — A Corinth woman said her ex-boyfriend drove out of the state Wednesday after he borrowed her car to go to the store, according to a police report.

The woman did not specify the name or location of the store in the report.

Officers were eventually able to contact the suspect by phone and learned that he left the car in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the report said.

Police filed a report for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, but no arrests were made. The report did not include further information.

Intersection of West Eagle Drive and Avenue B — A 24-year-old man told police that an unknown moped rider punched his vehicle's side-view mirror on Tuesday.

Denton police responded to the call on Wednesday. The man said the rider pulled in front of his vehicle about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, got off the moped and punched the mirror.

No arrests have been made.

1500 block of South Loop 288 — A 54-year-old man was accused of stealing between $100 and $750 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart before police found drugs in his possession, according to a police report.

The report did not specify the type of drug. The man was taken to Denton City Jail on charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 1,051 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 45 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 145 calls for service and made eight arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 18 medical calls, one vehicle accident and two calls for public service.