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Police were dispatched to a ‘man with a gun’ call at 8:53pm on Wednesday. According to Paris Police Chief, Bob Hundley, the caller advised police that an ex-boyfriend was threatening a woman with a gun.
When officers arrived in the 1400 block of West Sherman Street, they found the male and female on the west side of the residence, in an apparent argument.
The male was holding the woman in a grip, using her as a shield between him and the officers. At this point, officers appropriately pulled their firearms, ordering the male to display his hands and release the female, according to Police Chief Hundley.
The man refused to release the woman but held one hand up, keeping the other underneath the woman’s shirt, still holding her in front of him.
In an attempt to descalate the situation, one officer seized the opportunity to tackle the individual, taking him to the ground where he was secured with handcuffs. The female was not physically injured in the ordeal.
Further investigation identified the suspect as Ovando Policarpo, twenty-six, who has an address in Sulphur Springs.
He and the female had recently lived in Saltillo, where they seperated. She then chose to move to Paris.
On Wednesday, Policarpo had driven over to the home in which the female was at and had been attempting to force her into his vehicle, while threatening to kill her, according to police. This disturbance had been on-going for 40-45 minutes before another person in the house heard the threats toward the woman and called police.
A thorough search of the suspect and his vehicle produced no weapon. Policarpo was charged with Unlawful Restraint and taken to jail.
Also on Wednesday, officers with the Paris Police Department responded to a shoplifting allegation in the 10 block of the East Plaza at 4:39pm.
According to police, when an officer entered the store, he observed the suspected lady removing clothing from her purse.
The officer was informed by employees that this lady had removed the items of clothing from areas in the store.
While in conversation with the employees, the suspect ran past the officer and outside.
A chase ensued, but the suspect made it to her vehicle and began to drive around the officer, as he was attempting to to get her to stop. At this point, the woman suspect actually drove an entire block before returning to the officer to explain that she did not anything in her purse.
He again ordered the lady to stop and get out of the vehicle, at which time she sped off once more.
At this time, another patroling officer was alerted by radio and made a traffic stop in the 700 block of W. Kaufman Street, finally stopping the fleeing suspect.
Police identified the suspect as Samantha Dillard, thirty-four, who had five outstanding municipal court warrants. She was taken into custody on the five traffic warrants and also charged with Evading Arrest and Theft.
According to Police Chief Hundley, officers responded to 96 calls for service and arrested eight people on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.