By CLINT FOSTER
One man led police on a chase around northwest Mineral Wells after seemingly selecting the wrong porch to take a morning nap on.
According to a Mineral Wells Police Department spokesperson, Ben Odom was asleep on a woman’s porch near N.E. 9th Street and North Oak Avenue around 11 a.m., July 30.
When the 51-year-old resident discovered the shirtless, tattooed sleeping man, police said she asked Odom to leave.
He refused and she asked again, threatening to call police, but Odom was uncooperative, according to MWPD.
Police said when the woman proceeded to call law enforcement, Odom grabbed her arm, twisting it, and caused her to fall to the ground.
Odom fled the scene with the woman’s cell phone, according to the report.
Police said they found Odom later that day near Garrett’s Pawn Shop, located at 301 North Oak Ave., and he continued to flee on foot.
He allegedly ran inside the Black Horse Cafe, perhaps seeking refuge among the lunch crowd. Black Horse Owner Tim Gillen said a shirtless, tattoed man entered through the front door, asking if he could use the restroom.
“I told him, ‘No, not without a shirt,’” Gillen said, recounting the events of that afternoon. “And he goes, ‘Come on, man. I just want to use your restroom real quick.’ He seemed very anxious. We already had people in there eating, so, I told him [again], ‘Not without a shirt.’”
Gillen said he returned to working with customers as he watched Odom leave out the front door. Gillen said he was neither worried nor intimidated when confronted by the man.
“I have customers and if there was any altercation, they would step up,” he said. “It’s not like he had a weapon or anything like that, as far as I know. I wasn’t agitated, it was just a case of no shoes, no shirt – no service.”
Shortly after the man left the Black Horse, Gillen said several police cars and officers on foot arrived to nab him.
Police report they tackled and arrested Odom in front of the Palo Pinto County Probation Office, at 107 North Oak Ave.
Police said after Odom was arrested, they recovered the stolen phone and returned it to the woman.
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