October 7, 2014

  • Police Report: September 23 to September 28


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Texting + Driving = Crashing

    At 9:05 p.m. on Sept. 25, the driver of a white 2012 Cadillac Escalade was texting while driving in the 4200 block of Lakeside Avenue when she hit a tree, then froze with her foot on the gas, traveling on to the sidewalk before hitting a brick wall. The driver was not injured, but the incident caused $2,000 in damage to the wall.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    23 TUESDAY
    At 12:08 p.m., Brian David Burnett, 44, of San Diego was arrested in the 4500 block of Mockingbird Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

    26 FRIDAY
    Between 1 and 1:15 p.m., a thief stole a $560 BOB double jogging stroller from a driveway in the 3300 block of Dartmouth Avenue. A babysitter left the stroller in the driveway for a few minutes after having difficulty opening the electric gate in the alley.

    At 2:30 p.m., a thief stole a cloth bag containing assorted tools from an unlocked black 2006 Chevrolet pickup belonging to a pool cleaner in the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive.

    At 7:36 p.m., a resident of the 4500 block of Belfort Placereported the theft of $116,100 worth of jewelry and $100 in cash from a master bedroom closet sometime since Sept. 22.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 7, 2014 | 3:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Suspect Arrested After Camera Theft at HPHS

    University Park police have apprehended a teenager who stole more than $12,199 worth of photography equipment from Highland Park High School last weekend.

    The equipment, which consisted of various cameras, lenses, and accessories, was taken from an unlocked room between 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 29. A teacher reported the theft to UPPD that morning.

    Surveillance cameras caught a glimpse of the miscreant, and when he returned to the campus around 6 p.m. on Sept. 30, an officer confronted him. Nicholas Eric Villegas, 18, of North Richland Hills was arrested on a burglary charge. Most of the stolen items have been recovered and returned.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 7, 2014 | 1:22 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 30, 2014

  • Police Report: September 15 to September 21


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: A Camry in a Pear Tree

    At 10:21 p.m. on Sept. 17, the driver of a black 2014 Toyota Camry rear-ended a white 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the intersection of Knox Avenue and Abbott Avenue. After the collision, the Camry jumped the curb and struck a Bradford pear tree, snapping it in two pieces as the Camry came to rest on top of the tree. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and no injuries were reported.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    15 MONDAY
    Between 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a canvas bag containing a portable DVD player and various children’s DVDs from an unlocked black 2002 Lexus SUV in the3600 block of Potomac Avenue. A homeowner two blocks away found the bag discarded on her property later that morning.

    Between 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a Volvo station wagon from a driveway in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue. The key was stolen along with a case of Winchester shotgun shells from an unlocked black Mercedes SUV parked next to it. The perpetrator also rummaged through an unlocked blue Ford Explorer. Police later found the Volvo backed into a detached garage in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue in University Park, where a silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler, valued at $20,000, had been stolen along with a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, a $400 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.

    Between 9 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 15, a vandal rummaged through a white Volkswagen Jetta in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue. There were no signs of forced entry, and nothing was reported stolen. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 23, 2014

  • Man Dies After Scuffle With UP Police

    UPDATE: The man has been identified as Thomas E. Klessig, 23, of Dallas. He was a 2009 graduate of Highland Park High School, where he was a wrestler. See below for the full story.

    A man died early this morning after being pepper-sprayed following a foot chase and scuffle with University Park police officers.

    The incident began at 12:43 a.m. in the 3900 block of Lovers Lane, when an alarm monitoring company asked police to check on a man walking away from a house with a gate. An officer tries to talk to the man, who was uncooperative and pushed the officer down.

    When a second officer arrived, they chased the man to the 4000 block of Amherst Avenue, where three more officers helped to restrain him by using pepper spray after he refused orders to get to the ground.

    The use of pepper spray prompted a call for paramedics. The man became unresponsive and was transported to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:25 a.m.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 23, 2014 | 10:53 am | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 22, 2014

  • Thief Trades Cars Inside UP Garage

    It sounds like the set-up for a hidden-camera sketch. A homeowner wakes up one Sunday morning to realize that their vehicle was stolen from their detached garage — and another vehicle was left in its place.

    Unfortunately for a resident in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue, there wasn’t any punchline to this scenario on Sept. 15, when a silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler was missing. In its place was a Volvo station wagon that had been stolen earlier from a driveway in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue in Highland Park.

    Stolen items from inside the Jeep included a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, a $400 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.

    The original crime on Potomac happened overnight, when a thief stole the key to the Volvo along with a case of Winchester shotgun shells from a unlocked black Mercedes SUV parked next to it. The perpetrator also rummaged through an unlocked blue Ford Explorer.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 22, 2014 | 4:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 21, 2014

  • Police Report: September 8 to September 13


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Natural Selection

    Between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, a thief stole a Werner aluminum ladder and a gas-powered Echo edger from the back yard of a house in the 4500 block of Arcady Avenue. Police found an empty 16-ounce Natural Light beer can near the driveway gate at the house. The homeowner didn’t drink the beer, so police checked a construction site two houses down for more cans, but didn’t find any.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    8 MONDAY
    At 8:10 p.m., a resident of the 4200 block of Armstrong Parkwayreported an abandoned 2009 Honda Accord with a damaged windshield that was parked abnormally far from the curb. The car was locked, and police contacted the owner, who said it had been stolen in Dallas, but he hadn’t reported it. So the car was impounded.

    12 FRIDAY
    At 10:55 p.m., Zachary Joseph Giker, 25, was arrested atHighland Park Village on a public intoxication charge.

    13 SATURDAY
    Between 10 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, a large flowerpot containing an ornamental tree was damaged in the rear porch of a house in the 4500 block of Westway Avenue. The homeowner suspects the $200 pot was dropped during an attempted theft, and said larcenists have taken large flowerpots off the porch before.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 21, 2014 | 11:42 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 17, 2014

  • Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case

    rsz_harris_torey_jamalTorey Jamal Harris, 23, of Dallas was arrested on an alleged aggravated sexual assault by Navarro College Department of Public Safety in Corsicana on Sept. 15.

    After the University Park Police Department released a sketch of the suspect for the Sept. 7 assault at Rosedale Avenue and Willard Drive, Navarro College law enforcement noticed the appearance was similar to that of their own suspect.

    When UPPD detectives interviewed Harris, he confessed to the Sept. 7 assault in such a way that revealed his intimate knowledge of the crime. UPPD then issued arrest warrants.

    “We want to point out that we’re still very early in the investigation,” UP police chief Greg Spradlin said at a press conference on Wednesday.

    Harris is being held in the Navarro County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 17, 2014 | 9:29 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 16, 2014

  • Police Report: September 2 to September 7


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Go Speed Racer

    At 11:49 p.m., an officer spotted a silver 2012 Toyota Camry stopped with its high-beams on in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue. The car began moving slowly, then ran a stop sign at the intersection of Abbott and Knox Street, prompting the officer to turn on his strobe lights and siren. The car stopped at the intersection of Knox and North Central Expressway, but didn’t pull over. It then headed northbound on Central, reaching speeds close to 100 mph while weaving erratically through traffic. The Toyota exited at Caruth Haven and drove eastbound, at which time the HPDPS officer lost sight of it and ended the pursuit. The same night, police reports show five car burglaries in the vicinity where the Toyota was stopped.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    5 FRIDAY
    Between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., a vandal broke a window on a blue 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4400 block of Fairfax Avenue, causing $500 in damage. Nothing was reported stolen.

    6 SATURDAY
    At 10:24 p.m., Peter George Sanderson, 23, of Garland was arrested in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue on a public intoxication charge.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 16, 2014 | 12:47 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 15, 2014

  • UPPD Releases Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect

    Sexual Assault 14-00937The University Park Police Department released a sketch today as it continues to look for a suspect in an aggravated sexual assault incident on Sept. 7 near the SMU campus.

    UPPD said the suspect is a black man in his early 20s with a “football player build,” with close-cropped hair and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. The tattoo featured a crown with script writing below it. (Strangely, however, it’s not included in the sketch.)

    The man is suspected of attacking a female jogger from behind at knifepoint in the 6700 block of Willard Drive at about 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 7. Anybody with information about the case should call UPPD at 214-363-3000 or Detective Marshall at 214-987-5359.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 15, 2014 | 1:55 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 9, 2014

  • Police Report: August 25 to August 31


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: High-Beam Chase

    At 11:49 p.m., an officer spotted a silver 2012 Toyota Camry stopped with its high-beams on in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue. The car began moving slowly, then ran a stop sign at the intersection of Abbott and Knox Street, prompting the officer to turn on his strobe lights and siren. The car stopped at the intersection of Knox and North Central Expressway, but didn’t pull over. It then headed northbound on Central, reaching speeds close to 100 mph while weaving erratically through traffic. The Toyota exited at Caruth Haven and drove eastbound, at which time the HPDPS officer lost sight of it and ended the pursuit. The same night, police reports show five car burglaries in the vicinity where the Toyota was stopped.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    25 MONDAY
    At 1:05 a.m., Cynthia Ridge Reed, 52, of Garland was arrested in the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

    26 TUESDAY
    Between 10 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 26, a thief entered an unlocked black 2011 Porsche Panamera in the 4600 block of Livingston Avenue and stole a Garmin watch, a pair of Chanel reading glasses with tortoise-shell frames, a pair of Chanel sunglasses, a pair of Thierry Lasry sunglasses, a checkbook, and a debit card, which had been used six times before it was discovered missing.

    28 THURSDAY
    At 8:02 a.m., Guillermo Munoz, 25, of Wylie was arrested in the5500 block of High School Avenue on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and using a wireless communications device in a school zone.

    At 1:32 p.m., Daniel Elizondo, 29, was arrested in the 4000 block of Wycliff Avenue on a possession of marijuana charge.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 9, 2014 | 11:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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