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Abilene Police: Burglary, stolen vehicle, assault reported

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:25:55 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 27 2013 12:41:02 PM CDT
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From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 1:50 p.m. Monday, Officer Donny Brown responded to a stolen vehicle call at a business in the 1500 block of South Clack. A victim reported that she had rented a vehicle from the business and left her red 1994 Plymouth Voyager van in their parking lot pending return from an out-of-town trip. Officer Brown’s investigation revealed the van had been parked at the business on Friday morning and the victim returned to the business Monday. The van was left insecure and with a spare key inside the vehicle. A report for felony theft was taken. At approximately 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, Officer Mary Guitar was patrolling South 1st Street and came across an unoccupied van at a hotel in the 5200 block of South 1st Street that matched the description of the stolen vehicle. Officer Guitar conducted a records check on the vehicle and confirmed it was reported stolen. The vehicle was recovered and this investigation continues.

At about 6 p.m. Monday, Officers Martin Walker and Kevin Easley responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 1000 block of Justice Way. APD dispatch had been notified by a female alleging she had been in a physical altercation with a known male subject. The victim advised APD that she was calling from a pay phone. Officers arrived and contacted the victim. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim alleged she had been assaulted, including being punched in her back. Officer Easley located the male subject in a driveway nearby. The investigation revealed the couple were in a relationship and that an argument preceded the assault. The victim refused medical attention and the subject was arrested for misdemeanor Assault (Family Violence).

At about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Officers Darrin Ruiz, David Cox and Ed Cutbirth responded to a disturbance that had just occurred at a shelter in the 1700 block of Butternut Street. A reporting party contacted APD concerning a male suspect that he believed had assaulted a female victim in a nearby location. The reporting party stated he had chased the suspect to the shelter and that he knew the victim. Officers contacted the reporting party and the victim during the preliminary investigation. Officers learned that the victim was living in a nearby recreational vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Butternut Street. The victim was not assaulted. The victim returned home and observed that her refrigerator was outside of the trailer and the door to the trailer was open. The victim entered the trailer and observed a male suspect inside going through her personal belongings. The victim screamed and the suspect fled outdoors. The reporting party chased the fleeing suspect to the shelter. Officers located and detained the suspect at the shelter. The victim positively identified the suspect as the perpetrator and the suspect was arrested for Burglary of a Habitation.