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Abilene Police: ‘Loss prevention employee’ assaulted during theft attempt

Published On: Apr 01 2013 10:44:45 AM CDT
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From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Officers Brandon Scott and Jessica Watkins responded to a possible robbery call at a business in the 4500 block of South 1st Street. APD dispatch was notified by a store employee of a female suspect alleged to have committed theft. The employee advised dispatch that loss prevention personnel had detained the suspect and that the suspect become physically violent with them during their initial contact with her. Officer Scott contacted the involved parties and his preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had been in possession of approximately $1,300 in merchandise after passing all points of sale and exiting the store. One of the loss prevention employees was assaulted during the encounter. The suspect was arrested and searched. During the search, medications for which the suspect had no prescription were found on her person. The suspect was arrested for felony Robbery and for Possession of a Controlled Substance (alprazolam).

At about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Officer Cory Davis contacted a motorist for a traffic violation in the 200 block of North Willis Street. Officer Davis contacted the male driver and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. During this preliminary investigation Officer Davis also observed that the driver displayed indicators of intoxication. The driver conducted standard field sobriety tests which he performed poorly. A records check confirmed that the driver had two previous convictions for DWI. The investigation revealed that the driver had been drinking and had also ingested medications. A blood sample was taken and the driver was arrested for the enhanced felony offense of DWI based on his previous convictions. This investigation continues.

At about 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Officer Martin Walker responded to a suspicious person call at a business in the 200 block of West Overland Trail. APD dispatch had been informed by a concerned citizen about a male subject inside a vehicle in a parking lot. Officer Walker located the involved vehicle and then contacted the male subject who was inside of the vehicle. Officer Walker was able to identify the subject and learned through a records check that the male subject had two outstanding municipal arrest warrants. The subject was arrested and searched. The search of his person revealed he was in possession of a brown glass vial that contained a wet crystalline substance. The search also revealed that the subject possessed a plastic container with a baggie that also contained a crystalline substance. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. The subject was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and for his warrants.