Weatherford Democrat

August 6, 2013

PCSO: From stolen property to abusing 911, deputies make handful of arrests Monday


Weatherford Democrat

— Parker County sheriff’s deputies arrested several individuals Monday on unrelated charges.

The first incident occurred in the 5000 block of East State Highway 199 in Springtown, where Jose Cruz Andrade-Favela, 30, was reported as carrying a “handgun” and handheld radio inside a convenience store around 11 a.m. The caller reported Andrade left the store in his vehicle and stopped at a residence on Spring Valley Court.

Deputies made contact with Andrade, who reported the weapon and radio were located inside his vehicle. The radio was marked as property of Parker County and was later confirmed to bear the serial numbers of a handheld radio reported stolen from a county employee in 2009. The radio is valued at $1,600. The handgun was found to be a BB gun.

Andrade told deputies he carried the items into the store because he was afraid someone might steal them if he left them inside his vehicle. Andrade reportedly told deputies he was not a police officer but wanted to be one. He then advised deputies he purchased the radio at an area flea market and knew the radio contained the Parker County ownership tag but was too busy to return it.

Andrade was arrested and charged with theft and possession of stolen property. Andrade’s bond was not set as of Tuesday afternoon.

The second incident occurred shortly after noon Monday, where deputies were called to respond to a person with a weapon in the 2000 block of Spring Court in Azle. Deputies reportedly arrived on scene and spoke with the complainant, who reported a known suspect shot twice at her.

The victim said she was visiting an acquaintance when an argument began and a man at the home asked her to leave the residence. As she walked out of the home, she advised she heard a “bang,” then turned and saw the suspect holding a weapon. The victim stated she continued to run from the residence and heard another “bang.”

Deputies spoke with witnesses in the area, none of whom stated they observed the suspect holding a gun. The suspect told deputies he threw “Black Cat” fireworks at the victim to scare her off. A .45-caliber handgun was found inside the residence and collected as evidence. The aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case has been forwarded to the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and remains under investigation.

While there, an individual was found to have multiple outstanding Parker County warrants out. That individual was identified as John Lee Spurlock, 32. He was arrested and booked into the Parker County Jail for multiple warrants of no liability insurance, no driver’s license, violating promise to appear, no registration and driving while license invalid. As of Tuesday, Spurlock remained incarcerated with outstanding fines totaling $1,390.

A third incident involved a woman dialing 911 numerous times for non-emergency use in a harassing manner.

Karen E. Henderson, 53, of Mineral Wells, reportedly told 911 dispatchers she was seeking shelter for herself and her cat. She hung up on deputies and repeatedly called the sheriff’s communications center’s emergency line, while allegedly being argumentative, verbally abusive and shouting obscenities.

Deputies arrived at Henderson’s residence, warning her of abusing the emergency line, and left.

Henderson continued to call 911, officials said. Deputies returned to Henderson’s residence after a sixth 911 call, where she began yelling obscenities at the deputies on scene. Henderson was then arrested and charged with silent or abusive phone calls to 911. Henderson remained jailed on a $750 bond as of Tuesday afternoon.

A fourth, unrelated incident occurred just hours later when a man was arrested for continuously dialing 911 for non-emergency use. The suspect, identified as Leslie William Carr, 49, of Springtown, called the sheriff department’s communication center emergency line, seemingly intoxicated and using profanities.

Deputies reportedly arrived at Carr’s residence after a fourth non-emergency call, where he was said to be consuming beer and talking to dispatchers on his cell phone. Deputies questioned Carr about the numerous 911 calls when Carr replied he was on parole from Alcatraz and requested to “go up north.”

Deputies issued a verbal warning to Carr about abusing the emergency 911 phone line. Carr told deputies he understood.

Several hours later, deputies responded to Carr’s residence again after he made four additional 911 calls, again using profanity, telling dispatchers he “needed someone to love.”

Already with a string of previous arrests on record, Carr was arrested and charged with silent or abusive phone calls to 911.

As of Tuesday evening, Carr remained jailed under $750 bond.