Chiefâ€™s Weekly Update
City of Lewisvilleâ€”Police Department
Week of October 12, 2009 â€“ October 18, 2009
Intruders Arrested with Help from Victim
Around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13th, two intruders woke up a man in his apartment at 201 West Southwest Parkway. The two intruders, a 21 year-old and a 22 year-old, both from Lewisville, were burglarizing the manâ€™s home. The victim confronted the intruders, chasing them out of his apartment. As the suspects fled, they took with them two of the victimâ€™s video gaming systems. The victim captured one of the suspects, who then attacked him with a knife. The victim escaped with only a minor injury; however, the suspect cut himself pretty badly during the scuffle. The two suspects then fled into an apartment and the victim cornered them there as Officers Bryson, Martinez, and Crociata arrived on scene. The officers arrested the suspects for aggravated robbery and recovered the victimâ€™s property. The Officers also recovered additional property that they determined had been stolen earlier from two other homes. Both suspects are still in custody at the Denton County Sheriffâ€™s Office on $25,000 and $20,000 bonds.
Tire Theft Suspect Arrested
On October 15th, at 2:00 a.m., Officers Martinez and Bewley were dispatched to the 900 block of Bellaire Boulevard on a theft in progress. A witness observed two males stealing tires from a car. The officers arrived and located one suspect attempting to leave the location in a car. Officer Bewely stopped this suspect. The suspect had three freshly stolen tires and wheels in his back seat. Officers returned the stolen wheels to the owner and arrested the suspect, an 18 year-old Lewisville man, for theft. He is still in the County Jail on $1,500 bond. The officers developed a second suspect and the Criminal Investigations Division is following up on the case.
Identity Theft Suspects Identified and Arrested During Traffic Stop
On October 15th,at 6:15 p.m., Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Scott Hill made a traffic stop on a rental truck in the 600 block of Fox Avenue. The driver, a 26 year-old man from New Orleans, claimed that he did not have identification on him and that the truckâ€™s passenger had rented the truck. Officer Hill summoned Officer Tommy Thomas as back-up to contact the passenger. While talking with the passenger, a 21 year-old man from New Orleans, Officer Thomas found papers just outside of the passengerâ€™s door containing out-of-town checks and a list of names along with social security numbers for numerous people. Once Thomas made this discovery, the passenger attempted to run from Officer Thomas. Officer Thomas quickly over took the suspect and arrested him for evading. Inside of the truck, officers found identifying information for over 70 victims. The information had been taken during a robbery last week in Louisiana. Both suspects were charged with the fraudulent use or possession of identifying information (a first degree felony). The passenger was released after posting $20,000 in bonds. The driver is being held in the Denton County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Narcotics Search Warrant
On Friday, October 16th, officers arrested a 26 year-old for drug violations. Detective Eddie Barrett developed probable cause to believe the suspect was in possession of â€œecstasyâ€ at his apartment located at 696 Fox Avenue. Detective Barrett obtained a search warrant for the residence. At approximately 12:00 p.m., members of the Lewisville Police Departmentâ€™s SWAT team executed the search warrant. Narcotics detectives searched the apartment and located .20 ounces of marihuana, 109 tablets (32.7 grams) of Alprazolam, and 60 tablets (18.3 grams) of â€œecstasy.â€ Detectives also located two loaded handguns, one of which was stolen.
The suspect was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group Two for the â€œecstasyâ€ and Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group Three for the Alprazolam. He was also charged with misdemeanor Possession of Marihuana. If convicted, the minimum term of confinement is increased by 5 years because the felony offenses occurred within 1,000 feet of a playground.