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Blotter: Man arrested after hitting, choking brother with cast

The mother of two boys called police Wednesday afternoon when one of her sons starting beating and choking the other with a cast on his forearm, according to police. 

Matthew JuarezDenton Police Department
Matthew Juarez
Denton Police Department

Matthew Juarez, 21, was taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of assault of a family member by impeding breathing. 

Police were called to the disturbance about 4 p.m. at an apartment in the 200 block of Fry Street. Department spokesman Shane Kizer said Juarez initially was upset because his 25-year-old brother had a friend over at the apartment. 

Juarez, he said, got more upset when his brother wouldn't respond to a question he asked. Kizer said Juarez then took his brother's sunglasses.  When the brother asked for the glasses back, Juarez hit him with the cast, got on top of him and choked him, Kizer said. 

The brother said Juarez squeezed his neck for about six seconds. 

Other reports 

900 block of West Eagle Drive — A tattooed man entered a common area at the 33 Degrees North Apartments on Wednesday morning and stole several items before fleeing the scene, police said.

Police have identified a suspect, but no arrests were made at the time of the report.

Police said he had tattoos on his arms, back and neck, and he entered the common area through a side door.

Interstate 35 and West University Drive — A traffic stop ended in a 48-year-old passenger's arrest Wednesday after police towed the vehicle for not having insurance, according to police.

Officers initially pulled the vehicle over for a traffic violation about 11 a.m., the police report said. A tow truck then impounded the vehicle after police found out it wasn't insured, according to the report. 

The male passenger later was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and an outstanding Grapevine police warrant for an invalid driver's license.

900 block of Fort Worth Drive — A 54-year-old woman told police Wednesday she was concerned for her grandson after her daughter, the child's mother, pushed her at a mobile home, according to police.

Denton police responded to the call at a gas station at 915 Fort Worth Drive, about a mile away from the home, which is in the 2500 block of Fort Worth Drive, the report said. There, the woman said her daughter pushed her, and she was concerned about the boy. It's unclear why the woman made the report from a gas station.

No arrests were made. Denton police contacted Child Protective Services.

2200 block of South Interstate 35E — A Dillard's loss prevention officer confronted Macy Stover, 21, after she attempted to take about $266 worth of clothing from the store on Wednesday, according to police.

Officers were called to the Golden Triangle Mall about 5:30 p.m. The loss prevention officer told them about the alleged shoplifter, and police arrested the woman on a theft charge.

The store recovered the stolen items, the report said.

900 block of Savage Drive — A woman said she was alarmed by someone saying obscene sexual comments while following her home this week.

Police did not make any arrests, and the police report did not specify whether officers responded to the call. The report also did not specify the exact time of the alleged harassment.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 868 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 37 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 163 calls for service and made 13 arrests.

Firefighters responded to 22 medical calls, one building fire and one passenger vehicle fire.