Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

February 5, 2014

A series of unusual events

MWPD deal with some unique incidents

Mineral Wells Index


In police work, the unusual can often become commonplace, but the Mineral Wells Police Department dealt with a couple of incidents over the past week that were particularly strange.

Cupcake Bandit

According to a MWPD case narrative, officer Abel Rodriguez made a routine crime prevention stop at the Mineral Wells Walmart around 1:30 a.m., Jan. 30, when he noticed something odd by the groceries side doors of the store. A man, later identified as 33-year-old Robert Cleve Brian, was wearing a black and blue jacket with a noticeably large protrusion bulging out of the front.

After talking with the store manager, Rodriguez made his way out to Brian’s vehicle where he was sitting. According to the narrative, Rodriguez simply asked if Brian took anything without paying. Brian fessed up, saying he took “milk and cupcakes for his kids to eat,” worth a total of $4.13.

A quick check with dispatch showed that Brian had a Parker County warrant for assault causing bodily injury to a family member. Rodriguez arrested Brian for the warrant and issued him a citation for theft under $50.

Samurai spat

Police responded to an unusual domestic disturbance just after midnight, Tuesday morning, in the 200 block of Evergreen Drive. MWPD said, upon arrival, they discovered that a man, later identified as 34-year-old Joey Rogers, had allegedly assaulted a woman believed to be his girlfriend and threatened her with a traditional Wakizashi Japanese sword.

MWPD arrested Rogers for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – a first-degree felony.

MWPD reported the following additional arrests between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4:

• Landry Duran, 31, was arrested Jan. 29 for theft of property between $50 and $500.

• Jonathan Mitcham, 20, was arrested Friday for a Class C warrant.

• Sergio Costello, 52, was arrested Saturday for a Class C warrant.

• Allison Keeton, 23, was arrested Saturday for duty on striking an unattended vehicle.

• Isaiah Williams, 18, was arrested Sunday for minor in possession of alcohol.

• Jose Tovar, 18, was arrested Sunday for minor in possession of alcohol.

• Randy Ruse, 25, was arrested Sunday for a Class C warrant.

• Larry Ward, 33, was arrested Tuesday for a parole violation.