Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

December 4, 2012

Officer injured in suspect’s evasion attempt

Mineral Wells Index

— According to a police spokesperson, a local officer was injured when a suspect dragged him a short distance in an attempt to evade arrest.

Reports indicate an undercover officer working during Saturday’s Christmas parade noticed a subject with a prior warrant for evading arrest near a convenience store in the 700 block of North Oak Avenue and called for additional support.

The officers attempted to stop Corey Edward Crews, 23, of Mineral Wells, at which time he allegedly got into his vehicle.

One officer attempted to reach in the vehicle and turn off the ignition, though Crews reportedly drove off, dragging the officer briefly and causing unspecified injuries.

Reports indicate Crews initially eluded arrest. Along with MWPD investigators, Palo Pinto County sheriff’s deputies searched the area and located the suspect about two hours later, police said.

The MWPD expressed their gratitude to the PPSO for assistance in finding a subject believed to be responsible for injuring an officer.

According to Palo Pinto County Jail records, Crews was held on $150,000 bond for aggravated assault on a public servant, $25,000 for abandoning or endangering a child, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, for two counts of evading arrest.

Reports indicate he was released on bond Monday morning.

Officers arrest man on enhanced theft charge

Mineral Wells officers reportedly stopped a man in the 500 block of S.E. 12th Avenue Thursday as he walked along a trail carrying a television.

Subsequent investigation revealed the item was stolen from an area retailer two days earlier and officers arrested Glen Edward Long Jr., 34, of Mineral Wells, on suspicion of organized retail theft between $500 and $1,500.

A police spokesperson explained the enhanced charge – a state jail felony –carries the potential of harsher penalties than a basic theft charge.

Man arrested for alleged knife assault

According to reports, police were dispatched Sunday to a residence in the 2000 block of S.E. 17th Avenue in reference to a disturbance.

Upon arrival, police realized the suspect was not at the scene, though a witness said he might be hiding nearby.

A short time later, officers reportedly located Richard Lewis Gillentine, 30, of Mineral Wells, who attempted to flee on foot.

Officers were able to apprehend Gillentine a short time later and arrested him. He faces charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest or detention, and two counts of resisting arrest, search or transport.

As of Monday afternoon, bond had not been set for any of the charges.

Property crimes

• Police received a vehicle burglary report Thursday in the 1300 block of S.E. 14th Avenue. According to reports, the complainant returned to the vehicle after attending a sporting event to find a 12-inch speaker and multiple pocketknives missing with a combined value of $200.

• According to a burglary report filed Saturday in the 900 block of S.E. 16th Street, a resident came home from work and noticed a large television missing. Officers responded and found glass broken from a rear door at the residence.