A Harker Heights man was arrested May 26, and charged with aggravated kidnapping of his girlfriend.

Alfonso Robert Shelton Jr., 22, was arrested by Heights police after they received a report of an alleged kidnapping that occurred May 25.

Information obtained from an arrest affidavit indicated that the victim told police Shelton “tied her up with tape and an electrical cord.”

The affidavit also indicated an incident during which Shelton “struck her and chocked her to where she passed out and urinated on herself.”

The affidavit also stated that the victim was “locked in a shed behind her residence and Shelton threatened to kill her by setting her on fire.”

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim told police she was able to get Shelton to leave, after which “she was able to use a pair of scissors to cut herself free.”

Following his arrest, Shelton was transferred to the Bell County Jail on a charge of aggravated kidnapping.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin set Shelton’s bond at $100,000.

Like anyone who is arrested and formerly charged with a crime, Shelton will have an opportunity for his day in court. There are, after all, two sides to every story.

Heights police responded to a variety of criminal reports this week.

Assault

Three assaults were reported to police.

An assault with bodily injury was reported May 30, in the 300 block of East Knight’s Way.

An assault with bodily injury was reported May 27, in the 500 block of East Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard.

Another assault with bodily injury was reported May 27, in the 200 block of East Beeline Lane.

Assaults such as these occur when emotions overcome good judgment and common sense and they are always preventable. Employ the time-tested “10 count” before acting or reacting, or be the better person and just walk away.

Burglary

Two burglaries were reported to Heights police this week.

A burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony was reported May 27, in the 1100 block of Bluebird Lane. This category of crime can be misleading in its title. For example, the perpetrator may have entered the residence of another without the owner’s consent, for the purpose of committing any category of felony assault.

A burglary of a residence was reported May 31, in the 100 block of Ball Road.

Drug Offenses

Possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces, was reported May 27, in the vicinity of Indian Trail and East U.S. Highway 190. An arrest was made.

Possession of marijuana less than or equal to 20 ounces, in a drug-free zone was reported May 28, in the 1500 block of Knight’s Way. An arrest was made.

Possession of drug paraphernalia was reported May 27, in the 400 block of East Veteran’s memorial Boulevard. An arrest was made.

Users and purveyors of illegal substances have no place in this community.

Thefts

Three thefts were reported this week, down considerably from previous weeks.

A misdemeanor theft was reported May 30, in the 600 block of Indian Trail Drive.

A second misdemeanor shoplifting theft was reported May 28, in the 600 block of Indian Trail.

A misdemeanor theft was reported June 1, in the 200 block of East Central Texas Expressway.

Criminal Mischief

Incidents of criminal mischief can be costly to both the perpetrator and the victim, depending on the severity of damage done to property. There were four reports of this category of crime this week.

Misdemeanor criminal mischief was reported May 26, in the 300 block of East Cherokee Drive.

Criminal mischief was reported May 31, in the 1100 block of Chaucer Lane.

Criminal mischief was reported June 1, in the 100 block of Mockingbird Lane.

Criminal mischief was reported May 28, in the 200 block of East Valley Road.

Other crimes

Deadly conduct-discharge of a firearm toward a habitation, building or person was reported June 2, in the 1800 block of Pontotoc Trace.

A forgery was reported May 31, in the 300 block of West Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard.

Fraud was reported May 27, in the 400 block of Gina Drive.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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