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Police arrest south Abilene man in connection with drug overdose deaths of 3

ABILENE, Texas - A 36-year-old south Abilene man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly distributing heroin linked to the deaths of three people -- over an 11-hour period -- late last week.

Questioned and taken into custody after first trying to flee on foot was Michael Deon Thompson.

Abilene police executed a search warrant about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson's home in the 7900 block of Bonnie Circle in the Wylie area. 

Thompson was arrested and remained jailed Thursday on a possession of heroin charge. His bond was set at $150,000.

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According to police, Thompson wouldn't let them in the house without the warrant.

Police have confirmed that Thompson is believed to be a dealer of the deadly batch of heroin.

It is an ongoing investigation and other arrests could be made in connection with the overdose deaths, police told KTXS.

"I'm thankful no other parent has to go through this again," said Crystal Long, the mother of a 22-year-old Ricky Wilkinson.  Wilkinson was found dead in his car Friday morning in front of the old Lincoln Middle School on South 1st Street.

Police say the three died between 1:45 a.m. and 12:41 p.m. Friday. A fourth person who survived “thanks to quick medical attention” admitted to using heroin, according to APD.

In addition to the 22-year-old man, police say a 56-year-old woman and her 52-year-old boyfriend also died. All three deaths happened at different locations and times.

The 34-year-old woman who survived was treated at a local hospital.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact the Abilene Police Department at (325) 673-8331 or Crime Stoppers at (325) 676-TIPS.

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The Abilene Police Department has issued a warning after the deaths of three people over an 11-hour period Friday morning.

Police say three people died from what is believed to be a drug overdose between 1:45 a.m. and 12:41 p.m. A fourth person who survived “thanks to quick medical attention” admitted to using heroin, according to APD.

Police told KTXS they won’t know what drug killed the three people until they get toxicology results.

“If you have purchased any illicit narcotics in Abilene, please do not consume it,” said Sgt. Lynn Beard. “Your life could be at immediate risk.”

Police say a 56-year-old woman and her 52-year-old boyfriend died, as well as a 22-year-old man. All three deaths happened at different locations and times.

The 34-year-old woman who survived is being treated at a local hospital.

Other than the two who were dating, there is no known connection between the victims at this time.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact the Abilene Police Department at (325) 673-8331 or Crime Stoppers at (325) 676-TIPS.


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