Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on July 10, 2009.
DRIVER SLAMS INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC
Police were called to NW Highway and Sunnybrook Lane Friday morning at about 12:40 a.m. after a driver crossed a center median and hit oncoming traffic. Traveling westbound on Northwest Highway, a driver lost control in a curve, crossed the center median and crashed into oncoming traffic, police said. Both adult male drivers suffered life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and police said alcohol may be a factor. No charges have been filed.
HOMELESS MAN ROBS STORE TWO DAYS IN A ROW
Police caught a man who robbed a Northwest Dallas Metro PCS with a kitchen knife Wednesday when he went back the next day to steal more phones, police said. “You know why I’m here! Give me more phones!” the man said as he tried to rob the store a second time. Police arrested Rogelio Macedonio, a homeless 26-year-old man, in connection with the robbery. Officers spotted Macedonio walking down the street near the Metro PCS store wearing the same clothes they saw in a security video. Macedonio admitted to stealing the phones but said he had already sold them. He is being held in the county jail on $50,000 bail, but he would be unable to get out even if he had the cash because of an illegal-alien hold.
MISSING ELDERLY MAN FOUND
Arlington Police said a missing elderly man was found after asking for the public's assistance. Francisco Cervantes, 70, was found Friday morning by employees at a business in an industrial area of Fort Worth. He had been reported missing from his home on the 2100 block of Lincoln Drive earlier this week. Cervantes, who is believed to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's, is believed to have been found in good health.
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THIEF CASHES IN AT THE CASH STORE
At about 5 p.m. Wednesday, a man entered The Cash Store in the 1600 block of Brinker Road and pulled a gun. The armed man jumped the counter and emptied a cash drawer into a plastic shopping bag. The suspect directed the employee to the safe, but fled the store after getting impatient. The employee described the suspect as black, about 20-25 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall, brown eyes and a short haircut. The suspect was last seen wearing a white hoodie, grey bandanna covering the lower half of his face and dark pants. If anyone has information as to whom this suspect is please contact Denton Police Department at (940) 349-7912.
TOY GUNS CAUSING PROBLEMS IN DALLAS
For the second time this week, Dallas police have drawn their guns on people carrying toy guns. On Monday, officers responded to the report of a man carrying what looked like a shotgun. Officers forced the man to drop the weapon and seized the gun. He was arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants. The second incident happened on Tuesday when officers were called to an apartment complex because a woman was seen waving a gun. Officers arrived to find a teenage boy and girl playing with a toy pistol.
GUNMAN SURRENDERS AFTER LONG STANDOFF
A nine-hour standoff in Watauga ended peacefully Thursday after tactical officers stormed a home. Police rushed through a back door and tackled the Vietnam veteran, 60-year-old Ronnie Paul Crowder. Crowder was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Crowder faces two charges of attempted capital murder for shooting at two officers who arrived at his house in the 5900 block of Robin Drive police said. Crowder suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is hard of hearing after two tours in Vietnam according to his daughter.