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The public’s help is sought in solving the Lamar County Crime Stoppers’ crime of the week, says Paris police officer Curtis Garrett, local Crime Stoppers coordinator.
Two women living in the East Post Oak community northeast of Blossom told the Lamar County sheriff’s office that about 11 a.m. Thursday, as they arrived at their residence and walked up to the front door, a man came up behind them.
He brandished a knife and took their money, they said.
They said the man left on foot, heading east on County Road 44800, which leads to County Road 1502, approximately one-fourth mile east of the women’s residence.
They described their assailant as a light-skinned black or Hispanic male, about six feet tall and muscular, with short black hair, and tattoos on his neck and arms. They said he was wearing an orange shirt and dark pants.
Another person reported seeing a black male earlier Thursday morning, on County Road 1502 just off Highway 82, riding a bicycle in the direction of the East Post Oak Community.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect or person on the bicycle is asked to contact the Lamar County Crime Stoppers.
If the information leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person responsible, the person providing the information could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 and will remain anonymous.
Persons with information about this, or any other felony crime can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by one of several methods:
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.
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