Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Chief’s Weekly Update

City of Lewisville—Police Department
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Week of
August 17, 2009 – August 23, 2009

Man Disguised as Maintenance Worker Steals Purses

On Monday, August 17th, at 12:55 p.m., Officers were dispatched to an Aggravated Robbery at the Macy’s Department Store, located at 2401 South I-35E. Officer Roman was the first to arrive on scene and he observed a black male matching the suspect’s description being followed by a Macy’s store manager. Officer Roman followed, but was unable to locate the suspect as he had fled back into the mall. While other officers searched for the suspect, a clerk at Macy’s told Officer Roman that the suspect wearing a tool belt had posed as a maintenance man. He had taken keys to the stock room where he was observed loading several expensive purses into his tool cart which was fitted with an empty box designed to conceal items. Once the stolen property was loaded into his cart, the suspect fled into the parking lot with the tool cart. The store manager followed and confronted the suspect who displayed a knife and threatened to cut him. The manager was able to recover the tool cart and the stolen merchandise, but the suspect fled on foot into the mall where the store manager lost sight of him. Officer Shelton soon found the suspect lying in the bed of a parked pickup truck. Officer Shelton confronted the suspect who attempted to flee on foot; however, Shelton apprehended the suspect who was taken into custody for evading arrest and aggravated robbery.

Dallas Man Drowns in Lake Lewisville

A 19 year-old Dallas man drowned in the lake Sunday evening around 6:30 p.m. He was swimming about 35 to 40 feet from the east shore, off of Catfish Drive, when he went into distress and submerged. When Sergeant Wagnon arrived on-scene, there were numerous persons already in the water looking for the subject. Through his interviews with witnesses, Sergeant Wagnon was able to assist the Lewisville Fire Department by directing them to the last known location of the man. The fire department divers quickly located the subject, pulled him from the water, and transported him to the Lewisville Medical Center. Despite the efforts of all involved, he was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Burglary Arrest

On August 23rd, officers arrested a 28 year-old male for burglary of a building. At approximately 2:00 a.m., Officer Bender was dispatched to a burglar alarm at the Convenience Plus store, located at 1010 South Edmonds. Officer Jesse Hunter, from the street crimes unit, heard the alarm call dispatched and responded to the area. Officer Hunter was working in an unmarked vehicle. Officer Hunter observed the suspect as he exited the store. The suspect began to walk away carrying items from the store. Officer Hunter ordered the suspect to the ground and took him into custody. The suspect has stolen lottery tickets and beer from the store. Officers Matthew Bender, Richard Eledge, Martin Popick, Anderson Rock, and Sergeant Michael Moore arrived and searched the business. No additional suspects were located. The 28 year-old was arrested for burglary of a building.

This same suspect also had an outstanding arrest warrant for a burglary of a habitation. On July 15th, a resident came home to discover that his apartment at 1002 South Edmonds had been burglarized. A witness reported having seen the suspect leaving the apartment during the time that the burglary had occurred. Officers Luke Slavens and Larry Lunsford had been able to recover the stolen property at an apartment where the suspect was staying. Officer Lunsford obtained a warrant for the suspect’s arrest at that time and he had remained at-large until his arrest at the convenience store.

Sexual Assault of a Child Arrest

A 31 year-old Lewisville man is in custody for the sexual assault of a child. A 15 year-old female reported that her mother’s ex-boyfriend assaulted her while her mother and he were dating. The abuse began when she was approximately eight and continued until she was ten. Detective Javier Carcano obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect. Detectives arrested the suspect at his place of employment in Irving. The suspect is being held in the Denton County Jail on a $50,000 bond and an ICE detainer.
SWAT Training at the Vista Ridge Mall

On August 20th, the Lewisville Police Department conducted SWAT training at the Vista Ridge Mall in the old Movies 12 location. Being able to conduct this sort of training at “real world” locations really helps to ensure that SWAT can effectively respond to actual events. Sgt. Blair is hoping to conduct additional training at the Mall in the future, most likely a mass casualty drill which would involve multiple agencies.

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