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Blotter: Scuffle between roommates leads to knife attack, police say

An argument between roommates ended in a 50-year-old man's arrest Wednesday, when the man pulled a knife out of his closet and swung it toward two men in the home, according to witnesses. 

Kenneth SpencerDenton Police Department
Kenneth Spencer
Denton Police Department

Kenneth Spencer was taken to Denton City Jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The only injury was a small cut on the 29-year-old homeowner's abdomen, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer. 

The 29-year-old lived with the suspect and another 33-year-old man in the 1300 block of Myrtle Street. 

The roommates told police the argument started after Spencer slammed his bedroom door so hard it knocked a picture off the wall in the bathroom. 

Shortly after, about 2 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect approached the homeowner in the kitchen. Spencer told the man he planned to move out by the middle of next month, and he wanted his rent payment back, according to Kizer. 

After the homeowner declined to give the man the money, he followed the suspect back to the bedroom because he feared the suspect would break something, according to the police report. 

The roommates said Spencer started throwing his own belongings around the room, and, at one point, the 33-year-old roommate tried to take the suspect's TV off the wall, Kizer said. 

Things then got physical when the homeowner tried to calm the suspect, Kizer said. The suspect punched the man in the face and grabbed a knife out of his closet, Kizer said. 

The man swung the knife toward both roommates before both parties called police. 

Other reports 

5700 block of Green Ivy Road — A 43-year-old man was armed with a knife when he prevented his wife from leaving a south Denton home on Wednesday, according to a police report.  

It's unclear whether the man used the knife or simply displayed the weapon. After police arrived on the scene about 6:30 p.m., they arrested the suspect on an outstanding traffic warrant. 

After the investigation, officers charged the man with assault and unlawful restraint. He was taken to Denton City Jail. 

3300 block of Cactus Circle — A man violated a protective order from his ex-girlfriend Wednesday when he called her offensive names and threatened to kill her at a home in north Denton, according to a police report. 

The 29-year-old suspect was eventually taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of violation of a protective order. 

Police first arrived at the home after a caller said the man had been kicking the front door. He was still outside when the responding officer approached him, but he didn't provide details about the incident, police said. 

Police later contacted the man's ex-girlfriend, who was still inside the home and talked about the suspect's previous verbal abuse. She said he called her offensive names, but the report did not elaborate. 


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 1,020 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 49 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 147 calls for service and made seven arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 29 medical calls and two vehicle crashes.