Abilene Police: Alleged karate-chopping car burglary suspect arrested

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 7:10 a.m. Monday, Officer Carl Migliore responded to a confused person call at a business in the 1400 block of Barrow Street. An employee from an adjacent business contacted APD dispatch and advised that a male subject, whom had earlier been inside their restroom, was outdoors karate-chopping the air. Officer Migliore was initially unable to locate the subject. Several minutes later, a subsequent call to APD dispatch from the same calling party alerted APD that the same subject was spotted again at a nearby business. The calling party also alleged that the subject was somehow connected to a burglary of a motor vehicle. Officers Michael Janusz and Migliore responded to this call. The subject was spotted in a parking lot in the 3000 block of South 14th Street. Officer Janusz contacted the subject and observed that concerned citizens had gathered around the subject. They advised officers that the subject was suspected of burglarizing a vehicle. Officer Janusz characterized the subject’s persona as extremely animated; as if the subject could not control himself while constantly moving around. The subject was arrested for Public Intoxication and the subject told Officer Janusz that he had ingested some dope. Officer Migliore responded to a burglary of a motor vehicle call in the 3000 block of South 12th Street that was possibly related to the previous reports made by the concerned citizens. The victim from the burglary incident reported hunting equipment stolen from his vehicle. An incident report for burglary of a vehicle was taken. The burglary investigation continues.

At about 2:15 p.m. Monday, Officer Lance Vines responded to a shoplifter call at a business in the 4500 block of South 1st Street. A loss prevention employee contacted APD dispatch concerning a female suspect that had been detained for alleged theft. Officer Vines contacted the involved parties and learned that the suspect had been observed by loss prevention concealing merchandise and then exiting the store without rendering payment for said items. Approximately $83 in stolen merchandise was recovered. The suspect was arrested for misdemeanor theft.


At about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Andrew Valdez contacted a motorist in the 900 block of South 2nd Street for a traffic violation. Officer Valdez contacted the driver and the passenger, both males. Officer Valdez was assisted by Officer Matt Allen during the traffic stop. Officer Valdez smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. Officer Valdez also observed that the driver displayed indicators of intoxication. The officers also detected that the passenger was intoxicated. The driver agreed to perform standard field sobriety tests, which he performed poorly. The driver was arrested and a records check revealed the driver had one previous DWI conviction and was driving while his driver’s license was suspended. Meanwhile, the passenger had identified himself verbally to the officers on scene on several occasions. When the passenger exited the vehicle, his identification card fell out of the vehicle. The ID card revealed to officers the passenger’s true identity. A records check revealed the passenger had one outstanding parole arrest warrant for the original offense of DWI. The driver was taken to jail where he provided specimens of his breath. Breath specimens taken revealed the driver’s BAC to be 0.150 and 0.146. The driver was booked for the enhanced offense of misdemeanor DWI (Class A) based on a previous conviction and for misdemeanor Driving While License Invalid. The passenger was booked on his parole warrant and for misdemeanor failure to identify.