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Blotter: Samaritan becomes victim of assault outside downtown Denton restaurant

A 25-year-old woman's attempt to stop an assault outside a downtown restaurant Sunday ended after a male suspect pushed her face against a cement sidewalk, according to a police report.  

Police came upon the victim shortly after midnight Sunday in the 100 block of East Hickory Street near Queenie's Steakhouse. She suffered swelling near her left eye and multiple scratches on her legs, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said. 

The report did not specify whether she was taken to a hospital, he said. 

The woman said the altercation started after she noticed a man choking another woman outside the restaurant. She shouted at the man to leave her alone, and the man told her to "mind her own business," according to the police report. The man then slammed the woman into a wall, dragged her to the cement sidewalk and proceeded to hit her head against the sidewalk, the victim said in the report. 

The suspect and the first woman he allegedly assaulted weren't on the scene when officers arrived, the report said. The investigation is ongoing. 

Woman fires warning shot at approaching theft suspect 

A 45-year-old woman fired a gun in the air to ward off a man who attempted to steal a car moments earlier in the 100 block of Bellaire Drive, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer.  

Police eventually caught up to the 18-year-old suspect and arrested him on a theft charge. 

About 10:30 p.m. Sunday,  Kizer said the suspect got into a verbal argument with a man he had been staying with in an east Denton neighborhood. About 15 minutes after the altercation started, the suspect tried to drive away in the resident's car, according to Kizer. 

A fight ensued after the resident realized the suspect had a knife in its sheath, Kizer said. It's unclear whether the suspect ever used the knife, he said.  

The suspect punched the resident in the face before running away on foot. While chasing the suspect down the street, the resident yelled at the nearby woman to stop the man. 

That's when she fired her gun in the air. 

"The way he was coming at her, she thought he was going to hurt her," Kizer said, adding that the woman is not facing any charges.

The suspect fled in the opposite direction of the woman, Kizer said, and police later found him on East McKinney Street. The man told police he was "just trying to learn how to drive," Kizer said. 

Other reports 

100 block of West University Drive — Police are working on obtaining a felony arrest warrant for a woman who was accused of stealing a "random assortment" of merchandise Sunday from Walgreen's. 

The store already had logged the name and birth date of the woman because she picked up a prescription from the pharmacy before the alleged theft, according to the police report. It's unclear exactly when the woman picked up the prescription. 

Denton police obtained security camera footage of the incident, the report said. 

Police said the woman left the store in a white and beige Lexus with a black male driver as an "accomplice," the report said. The report did not specify whether the driver would face any charges.

400 block of West University Drive — Denton police are investigating cracked windows at Boomer Jack's Grill and Bar and the home of a restaurant employee. 

Police believe the incidents may be related, according to a police report. The restaurant manager said about 9:30 a.m. Sunday that one of the restaurant's windows had been shot and cracked. An employee later said a window on their home also had been shot and cracked overnight. 

The report did not specify the weapon used to shoot the windows or how many times the windows had been shot. 

Police suspect the employee's ex-boyfriend shot the windows, according to the police report. 


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 2,367 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 147 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 466 calls for service and made 35 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 88 medical calls, one vehicle crash, one building fire and one grass fire.