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Blotter: Student caught in alleged scam on UNT campus

The University of North Texas Police Department is warning students about potential scams on campus in which suspects ask victims for cash to buy iPhones. 

On Thursday, Oct. 12, two men approached a student near the University Union bus stop while driving a dark-colored, two-door Ford Mustang.  According to a crime alert from the department, the driver was a thin-framed black man who appeared to be 6 feet tall. He also looked to be in his 20s, police said. 

The other man, who was seated in the passenger seat, was described as a black man in his mid-20s with an oval-shaped birthmark on his upper left cheek, according to the alert. 

Police said the driver offered the student a ride and asked if he wanted to earn some extra money. The student got into the car and was asked to fill out an application to purchase iPhones, police said. 

The driver then took the student to a local bank, where the student provided his bank card and personal identification number to the driver, according to the crime alert. After the driver withdrew cash, he drove to an AT&T store and paid cash for two iPhones using the application the victim filled out, the alert said. 

The driver then took the student to a payday loan business and told the student to go inside and open a loan. The student went into the business, filled out the paperwork for the loan and gave the cash to the driver, who eventually drove the student back the Union at about 7 p.m., police said. 

The student said he was never threatened and was given $50. 

No arrests were made. 

Other reports 

1600 block of East McKinney Street — Denton police returned a 2-year-old girl to her mother Monday afternoon after they found the child walking in 1600 block of East McKinney Street without clothes. 

Police said the toddler had been walking in a lane of traffic at about 4:30 p.m. 

Officers found out that the child's juvenile sibling, whose age was not specified in the police report, had been taking care of her. 

Police then located the mother and turned the children over to her. They completed an informational report, but no charges were filed. 

200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street — A 19-year-old girl said Monday that her boyfriend's roommate physically assaulted her at the University Courtyard Apartments, according to a police report. 

The woman filed the report at the Denton Police Department lobby. No arrests were made. 

600 block of East Hickory Street — A 29-year-old woman said a man pointed a gun at her Monday night in the 100 block of Woodrow Lane, near the Denton County Jail. 

Denton police responded to the call at about 10 p.m. but couldn't locate a suspect. No arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 975 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 35 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 139 calls for service and made nine arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 21 medical calls, one vehicle crash and one gas leak.