HP Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

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Michael Watts

Michael Watts

Highland Park police have arrested Michael Glenn Watts of Duncanville in conjunction with a harrowing ambush and armed robbery last week, and have also released more details of what sounds like a horrifying experience.

At 1:40 a.m. on June 22, a robber threatened a man at gunpoint as he sat on his backyard patio in the 3200 block of Cornell Avenue. The crook demanded money, which the victim said he didn’t have. So the victim drove the insistent gunman in his Range Rover to an ATM in the 3000 block of Monticello Avenue in Dallas, so he could withdraw the maximum $500.

The two men negotiated in the parking lot before returning to the house, where the victim lunged for the robber’s revolver during another tense confrontation. The homeowner was led upstairs and forced into a closet inside the master bathroom, where he tried to call police as his house was being ransacked.


Police Report: June 16 to June 21

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Skulduggery of the week: Ding-Dong Drunk

Between 12:45 and 1 a.m. on June 18, a vandal broke a window in the door of a house in the 4400 block of University Boulevard, causing $300 in damage. Apparently the man was intoxicated and at the wrong address.

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16 TUESDAY
Between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., a thief stole $52,750 worth of jewelry from a closet inside a house in the 4600 block of North Versailles Avenue.

Between 12:30 and 2:11 p.m., a burglar stole $5,450 worth of jewelry, $1,800 worth of Royal Crown China soup bowls, and a $300 Gold Vermeil salad fork from a house in the 5400 block of Fairfield Avenue. The perpetrator jumped a backyard fence and shot a BB gun through a double-paned window to break into the house, then ransacked a bedroom and dining room.

21 SUNDAY
At 3:13 p.m., James Hinman, 75, of Dallas was arrested at Highland Park Village on a public intoxication charge.

At 8:26 p.m., Jeffrey Charles Drapkin, 28, and Katherine Danielle Nuckolis, 28, of Dallas were each arrested in the 3400 block of Armstrong Avenue on a public intoxication charge.


Police Report: June 8 to June 13

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Skulduggery of the week: Red, Red Wine

At 5:46 p.m. on June 10, a male shoplifter stole two bottles of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, valued at $380, from Tom Thumb in The Plaza at Preston Center.

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8 MONDAY
Between 8 p.m. on June 7 and 6:25 a.m. on June 8, a burglar broke into a white 2011 Jeep Wrangler inside a garage in the 3600 block of Crescent Avenue and stole the contents of the glove box and center console, including a garage-door opener, a lug-nut key, and a phone charger.

Between 4 p.m. on June 5 and 9:02 a.m. on June 8, a thief stole a $1,100 Hilti concrete saw from an unsecured construction trailer in the 3700 block of Normandy Avenue.

At 6:36 p.m., two 16-year-old Highland Park residents were arrested in the 4400 block of Bordeaux Avenue on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Pyle Promoted to HP Police Chief

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Rick Pyle

Rick Pyle

The search for Highland Park’s new police chief would up right back where it started.

Rick Pyle was appointed as the town’s new director of public safety on Monday after serving as interim chief since the death of Chris Vinson on June 1. He will begin his new position immediately, and will be sworn in during a ceremony on July 13.

Pyle is a 28-year veteran of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, having been promoted through the ranks to become assistant chief in 2008. He also serves as the town’s fire marshal.

Vinson died following complications from heart surgery at age 53 after being the police chief for seven years.


HP Resident Robbed at Gunpoint Overnight

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Highland Park police are investigating an aggravated robbery at gunpoint that started about 1:40 a.m. this morning in the 3200 block of Cornell Avenue.

That’s when two men attacked a homeowner in their backyard after entering through an unlocked gate. One of the robbers pulled a handgun and demanded money, at which time the victim drove him to an ATM to withdraw cash. Then they return to the victim’s house, where the two perpetrators grabbed some jewelry and credit cards, and fled in a green Mitsubishi sedan.

There were no injuries, and Highland Park Department of Public Safety officials believe it’s an isolated incident based on evidence they’ve collected so far. The attackers remain at large, although investigators are pursuing some leads.


Police Report: June 1 to June 7

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Skulduggery of the week: Pain at the Pump

At 5:40 p.m., a pickpocket stole a $20 Old Navy purse containing a $40 Coach wallet and $30 in cash from the front seat of a gray 2010 Ford SUV at a gas station in the 8400 block of Preston Road.

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1 MONDAY
Between May 25 and June 1, a thief stole a $4,200 Trane air-conditioning unit and cut the copper wires to a second unit at a vacant house in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue.

2 TUESDAY
At 8:26 p.m., Dameon Devon Pearson, 29, was arrested in the 4600 block of Bowser Avenue on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

4 THURSDAY
Between 12:30 and 12:47 p.m., a thief stole $800 worth of Stihl landscaping equipment from the back of a white 2002 GMC pickup in the 3500 block of Beverly Drive.


Police Report: May 25 to May 29

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Skulduggery of the week: Pains of Glass

At 6:08 a.m. on May 25, a burglary was reported at Goo Goo Eyes in the Miracle Mile shopping center in which a miscreant broke the front window and stole more than $30,000 worth of Chanel, Miu Miu, Ray-Ban, and Prada sunglasses.

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26 TUESDAY
Between 5 p.m. on May 22 and 7 a.m. on May 26, a thief stole a $10,000 Sullair trailed-mounted air compressor from a multifamily construction site in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue. The perpetrator might have cut a lock on a fence sometime on the evening of May 22 to access the property.

27 WEDNESDAY
At 3:45 p.m., a resident of the 3400 block of Harvard Avenuereported several thefts since February for which she suspects a former housekeeper. Among the purloined items are $15,950 worth of jewelry and $1,500 in cash.

At 9:15 p.m., Adrian McLean Busby, 35, of Dallas was arrested in the 4200 block of Versailles Avenue on two drug possession charges.

28 THURSDAY
Between 9:40 and 10:08 a.m., a burglar broke into a yellow GMC van in the 3500 block of Crescent Avenue and stole a $400 Stihl weed eater.


Police Report: May 18 to May 24

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Skulduggery of the week: The Lord Reigns

At 4:02 p.m., a resident of the 3600 block of Lindenwood Avenue reported the theft of an umbrella from a black 2013 GMC Yukon between 8 and 11 p.m. on May 7. The thief rummaged through the glove box and console before leaving behind a large-print Bible in the front seat.

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18 MONDAY
Between 4:38 and 5:23 p.m., a thief stole a bundled 12×17-foot rug, valued at $500, from a driveway in the 4300 block of Southern Avenue. A contractor hired to move the rug noticed it was missing when he arrived to haul it away.

20 WEDNESDAY
At 12:15 a.m., a robber mugged a man outside Al Biernat’s in the4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue. The perpetrator invited some strangers at the bar to a nearby party. The victim stopped on the way to the party to admire a nearby church when the party host approached him and asked to see his phone. After he was threatened with a knife, the victim gave up his phone, as well as the golf shirt and shorts he was wearing, a pair of Dolce & Gabbana eyeglasses with a Versace case, the keys to a 2000 Nissan Frontier, and $48 in cash. Afterward, the scantily dressed man walked several blocks to his car and then visited a friend.


Police Report: May 11 to May 17

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Skulduggery of the week: Mercedes Madness

Between 8:30 p.m. on May 12 and 12:45 a.m. on May 13, a thief stole a white 2010 Mercedes sedan in the 4300 block of Belclaire Avenue. The vehicle’s owner left the car unlocked in a driveway porte-cochere and left the keys inside. The car was later found abandoned in the 4500 block of Versailles Avenue. Antonio Edward Morales, 23, of Dallas was arrested on charges of criminal trespass and burglary of a motor vehicle. He was found with a garage-door opener that was traced to an iron gate at a different house in the same block, where a gold 2007 Mercedes had been rummaged through during the same time frame.

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11 MONDAY
At 2 a.m., Jeffrey Ross White, 39, of Carrollton was arrested in the3600 block of Euclid Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Between 5:30 p.m. on May 8 and 7:10 a.m. on May 11, a thief stole four North Star power washers, with a combined value of $3,000, from a construction site in the 4700 block of Preston Road.

17 SUNDAY
At 8:12 a.m., a Frisco man called HP police after his black 2012 Suzuki sedan was impounded in the 4400 block of Lorraine Avenue. The car’s owner said he loaned it to a friend and hadn’t seen it in several weeks. The “friend” later told him that it had been stolen at the Galleria, and that she threw away the keys, but that she didn’t want a stolen-vehicle report filed and wouldn’t talk to the police. When the cops found the car, however, the keys were in the console.


Police Report: May 4 to May 10

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Skulduggery of the week: Into The Woods

At 10:19 p.m., a thief stole a silver Lexus SUV while its owner was unloading groceries in the 3400 block of Gillon Avenue. The boyfriend of the vehicle’s owner began searching for it, eventually tracking it to where Gillon dead-ends at the Katy Trail, where the larcenist fled on foot into the woods. Another officer detained someone matching the suspect description near the intersection of Knox and Travis streets, but the Lexus owner couldn’t identify him. Nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle.

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4 MONDAY
At 10:47 a.m., Todd K. Schmigel, 45, of Duncanville was arrested in the 4400 block of Beverly Drive on a charge of possession of marijuana.

5 TUESDAY
At 11:45 p.m., Edward Lee Wilson, 36, of The Colony was arrested in the 3400 block of Drexel Drive on a public intoxication charge.

6 WEDNESDAY
At 4:30 p.m., an officer was transporting a stray bulldog captured in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue to a Dallas animal clinic for confinement in a white 2013 Dodge pickup when the dog bit several chunks out of the fiberglass camper top, as well as destroyed the wiring that powered the emergency lights.


Police Report: April 27 to May 3

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Skulduggery of the week: Pain On The Neck

At 3:48 p.m. on April 27, an employee of the Alexander McQueen store at Highland Park Village reported that shoplifters stole two scarves during separate incidents on April 24 and April 25. The employee became aware of the malfeasance during an inventory of merchandise. In the second theft, the suspect is a woman who took something from the nearby Vince store later the same day. She remained in the store for 20 minutes after tucking the $365 scarf into her purse, purchasing a bag and a separate scarf and filling out a customer contact card with her personal information. That woman has an extensive criminal history involving theft.

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28 TUESDAY
Between 8 p.m. on April 27 and 9 a.m. on April 28, a vandal damaged a glass patio door in the 3400 block of Beverly Drive, but was unable to bust it down. A house manager noticed that a gate from the front to the backyard was ajar, and found a wood log on the sidewalk that might have been used to strike the door.

29 WEDNESDAY
Between April 8 and April 29, a thief stole a $95,000 diamond and sapphire ring from a house in the 4300 block of Edmondson Avenue. The ring was most likely locked inside a safe, and its owner suspects a new maid might be responsible.

Between 10 p.m. on April 28 and 6:15 a.m. on April 29, a thief stole four tires and rims, valued at $8,000, from a white 2015 GMC Yukon in the 3600 block of Crescent Avenue. The perpetrator left the SUV sitting on blocks.


Bomb Threat Briefly Evacuates Bush Library

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As reported by The Dallas Morning News, the George W. Bush Presidential Center was closed for about an hour by a bomb threat on Friday morning that was found scribbled on the wall of a bathroom stall.

You can find more details here, but the incident prompted a response from University Park and SMU emergency personnel. Everything is back to normal now, however, and the library has reopened.