Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

August 7, 2013

Police catch man after chase

MWPD locate man on run after he snoozed on woman’s porch

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.

Follow Clint on Twitter @Clint_Foster55

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • 0720 one geese IMG_0387.jpg Wild goose hunt?

    A large flock of Canadian geese that have roosted at Holiday Hills Country Club might have management stuck like a duck.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 TFT stage.JPG Setting the stage

    Texas Frontier Trails is, well, once again on the trail.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • budget cover.jpg Optimism in numbers

    Next year's proposed budget seeds optimism for Mineral Well's growth.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing set for second fire district proposal

    PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Commissioners set a date for a hearing to place a petition on the Nov. 4 general election ballot to create a second Emergency Services District.

    July 29, 2014

  • Inquiry made on housing children at CCA

    An inquiry about housing at the former Corrections Corporation of America facility at Wolters Industrial Park some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed illegally into the United States seems to be nothing more than that, at least for now.

    July 28, 2014 2 Stories

  • Woman killed in one-vehicle wreck

    SALESVILLE – A Mineral Wells woman died Friday after she crashed her car into a brick retaining wall near Hilltop Road.

    July 28, 2014

  • bryan joyner1.jpg Back on the beat

    It is never too late to start a music career – or restart one as the case may be. For Mineral Wells High School Class of 1989 graduate Bryan Adam Joyner, restarting his is the case. He is once again making a strong push to get his music into the mainstream while performing wherever he can.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • FLIPPED TEACHING

    Teenagers seem to voraciously consume YouTube videos, whether watching Miley Cyrus and Pharrell’s latest pop music sensation, Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s workout spoof or skateboarders wiping out.

    July 27, 2014

  • Barbara Dews and compost.jpg Inspectors return to health products company

    Texas Department of State Health Services inspectors arrived Wednesday to investigate a Mineral Wells-based natural health products manufacturer, Metro Chem Associates, as part of ongoing Attorney General’s probe into the company’s operations.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • kitchen fire.jpg Kitchen fire damages county home

    PALO PINTO COUNTY – For Garen Wyatt, of Mineral Wells, mid-morning Thursday turned into one of those days in which a few minutes proved the tipping point between bad and devastating.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.