Police Blotter: Jogger Thrown From Car Trying to Stop Thief

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013  |  Updated 5:46 PM CDT
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Police Blotter: Jogger Thrown From Car Trying to Stop Thief

Here's a list of recent activities drawing the attention of Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Sept. 17, 2013.

Jogger Thrown From Car Trying to Stop Phone Thief
A 25-year-old woman was punched in the face while hanging from a car window while trying to keep a thief from stealing her iPhone Tuesday morning. According to police, a woman was jogging along the 5200 block of Matilda Street just before 8 a.m. when a woman in a orange and gold-colored Saturn pulled up beside her, said she couldn't find her sister and asked to use her phone. As the driver made the call, she asked the jogger if one of her tires looked low. When the woman turned away to look, the driver tried to leave with the phone. The jogger, quick to respond, jumped into the driver's open window as the driver accelerated. Hanging out of the window, the jogger managed to hang on even as the woman punched her in the face. It wasn't until the driver took a sharp turn on to Milton Street that she fell off of the car and onto the pavement. The jogger suffered minor abrasions to her legs and arms and swelling to her head and eye. She was treated at the scene by Dallas Fire Rescue, but later taken to the hospital by her boyfriend.

Arlington Police Searching for Bank Robber
Arlington police are asking for help identifying a person who recently robbed two banks. According to police, a man entered a bank in the 2200 block of New York Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 and passed a note to a teller demanding money. Police said a man did the same thing at a bank on the 3900 block of Matlock Road at about 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14. In the second robbery, a dye pack is believed to have exploded on the man and the money. The man has been described as Asian, about 45 years old and standing about 5 feet 2 inches tall. The man is estimated to weigh between 130 and 140 pounds. Video surveillance of the man can be seen on the Arlington Police Department's YouTube page here. Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call Detective Sean Wheetley at 817-459-5678.

4th Rape Reported at UT Arlington
Another report of a rape has been received by police at the University of Texas at Arlington. The latest report, the fourth since the fall semester began, was made on Sept. 14, according to a report in the student newspaper, The Shorthorn. In that report, police are quoted as saying they do not believe the most recent attack is related to previous ones, including one in which a woman said she was assaulted at a fraternity house. A male student and two fraternities were suspended following that allegation. CLICK HERE to read more.

Flower Mound Gas Leak to be Fixed by 4 PM
A gas leak in Flower Mound is expected to be repaired by 4 p.m. Tuesday. The leak was first reported shortly after 11 a.m. when a gas line was ruptured along the 3900 block of Wichita Trail. About 10 homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution. Crews from Atmos Energy were called to the scene to make the repair.

Saginaw Man Charged After 3 Killed in Utah Crash
A Saginaw man has been charged with three counts of manslaughter after a crash near Moab, Utah, that killed three people last month. David Lewis, 28, was charged Tuesday in the deaths of two fellow Texans, Juan Vidales, 54, and his daughter, Stephanie Vidales, 27. Arthur Loewen of Perry, Ga., 69, also died in the Aug. 16 wreck. San Juan County Attorney Craig Halls told The Salt Lake Tribune that Lewis was being reckless when he tried to pass a semitrailer in a no-passing zone on State Route 191 in eastern Utah. Troopers say he hit an oncoming vehicle and triggered a four-car accident. Authorities say a 10-year-old girl and three others were injured.

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