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Blotter: Fight ensues after homeless man asks for cooking oil

A homeless man and a restaurant employee got into a fight Sunday after the man was refused cooking oil, according to Denton police.

Police said the man walked into a building at 1715 S. Loop 288, where Five Guys is located. The report did not identify the employee or business.

The man, police said, asked for cooking oil but was denied. When he was asked to leave, the suspect hit one of the employees and ran out, the report said.

The employee caught up to the suspect outside, where the two got into a fight. Another employee broke it up, and the suspect fled the scene.

Denton police were called at about 7:30 p.m. No arrests were made.

Other reports 

4000 block of Interstate 35 — A 28-year-old Double Oak man said he left his phone and wallet in a vehicle Sunday before the driver sped off with the items inside, a police report states. 

The man said he met the unidentified driver earlier in the day in the 4000 block of Interstate 35. He said he tried to talk to the suspect before the person sped off. 

The victim told police the suspect knew the items were in the vehicle at the time. No arrests were made. 

3500 block of East McKinney Street — A woman was having a mental health crisis on Sunday when witnesses saw her tearing up windshield wipers, side mirrors and registration tags on multiple vehicles at the Rosemont at Pecan Creek apartments, according to police. 

Responding officers found her inside an apartment, where they determined she was having a mental health episode. Denton County MHMR took her into custody, the report said.

No charges were filed. 

Denton County MHMR links children and adults who have mental illness and intellectual disabilities to the community services they need. The nonprofit group also provides a range of mental health crisis services.

4600 block of Shagbark Drive — Denton police cited a couple on possession of drug paraphernalia charges Sunday morning after they were called to a domestic disturbance. 

The boyfriend initially called police at about 7 a.m. to the south Denton home, where the couple had been arguing , the report said. Police said no physical violence took place, but they did find drug paraphernalia in the home. 

The man and woman were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released. The man eventually left the home. 

400 block of Kent Street — A 41-year-old woman discovered her car had been keyed Saturday and someone broken out the rear taillights.

No arrests were made when she notified police on Sunday. 


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 2,362 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 101 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 401 calls for service and made 23 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 61 medical calls, four vehicle crashes and three grass fires.