Cleburne police arrested a Cleburne man on multiple charges following a high-speed chase and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Mansfield man who attempted to rob two victims with a BB gun.

At 9:36 a.m. Friday a Cleburne officer spotted Justin Scott Schimpf, 35, of Cleburne, a wanted felon, in the 1000 block of Poindexter Avenue.

As the officer began to turn his patrol car around, Schimpf accelerated at a high rate of speed, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Schimpf turned on to Woodard Avenue then continued on to North Nolan River Road at a high rate of speed with officers in pursuit.

A check of the license plate revealed that the vehicle Schimpf was driving had been reported stolen. Other Cleburne officers were on scene for that burglary call while the pursuit was happening.

That burglary occurred in the 1600 block of South Main Street.

The victim in that case reported that someone broke into the business and stole keys for multiple vehicles from a lock box. The suspect also stole a firearm from the building.

Schimpf meanwhile lead officers onto the Chisholm Trail Parkway where he continued fleeing at a high rate of speed.

Schimpf later drove off the toll road into a ditch and through a field then onto County Road 1125. The pursuit continued down several county roads before Schimpf led police back into Cleburne. Upon reaching the 1600 block of North Main Street, Schimpf exited the vehicle and fled on foot behind several buildings. Police caught and arrested him without incident.

While searching Schimpf, police located a bag of methamphetamine weighing about 2.7 grams.

Police charged Schimpf with unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest with vehicle, theft, burglary of a building, theft of a firearm, evading arrest with previous conviction and two counts of fraudulent use/possession of identification.

Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom set Schimpf’s bonds at $45,000.


Realistic weapon

Multiple witnesses told JCSO deputies that a man entered a property and attempted to rob two people by pointing a BB gun that looked like a real gun at them.

From that information and investigation, deputies arrested James Earl Walker, 49, of Mansfield, on two counts of aggravated robbery. They arrested him at 2:55 p.m. Friday in the 7100 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2738.

McBroom set Walker’s bonds at $50,000.

Walker on that same day entered a ranch property and placed both victims in fear of their lives by pointing the realistic looking gun at them, according to the affidavit.

Walker approached one victim who was driving a tractor trailer, told him to stop and demanded money while pointing the gun at the victim. The victim was able to leave the area, according to reports.

Walker then walked through a tree line and approached the second victim who was driving an all-terrain vehicle and returning from dumping trash. Walker pointed what the victim believed to be a real 9mm handgun at him and demanded his vehicle. The victim instead fled the area, according to reports.

Walker next approached a woman sitting in her vehicle. The woman told deputies Walker was “waving his arms wildly” before he reached in his pocket and pulled out a gun. The woman drove away.


Cleburne police calls

It was good news and bad for the victim of a stolen vehicle.

Cleburne police responded at 1:19 p.m. July 8 on the stolen vehicle call to the 700 block of North Main Street. The vehicle — police reports do not list the make — was later recovered. The owner soon discovered, however, that items he had in the vehicle were missing.

Police responded to a home burglary call at 9:51 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Southern Boulevard. The owners returned home to find their front door forced open and lights on inside the house. No suspects were presents and it is unknown whether anything was stolen. 

The pursued in a Wednesday police chase got away, at least for now.

An officer initiated a traffic stop for a defective headlight at 11:10 p.m. in the 600 block of West Henderson Street. The driver fled instead and the officer later terminated the pursuit. The case remains under investigation. 

Police responded to two hit-and-run accidents in recent days.

Police responded at 7:38 a.m. July 7 to the 2000 block of East Henderson Street. A vehicle of unknown make left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle and driver were long gone by the time police arrived.

Police responded to another hit-and-run at 11:37 p.m. July 9 in the 600 block of West Henderson Street. A vehicle struck a pole in a parking lot then fled the scene. 

Police responded at 4:51 p.m. July 8 to a restaurant in the 1400 block of West Henderson Street on a theft call. Four people dined then exited the restaurant without bothering to pay.

Police responded to a theft call at 8:32 p.m. June 13 in the 1600 block of West Henderson Street. Someone stole the victim’s purse.

Police responded to a possible vandalism and burglary call at 12:10 a.m. June 28 in the 500 block of Santa Fe Street. Windows of several buildings on the property had been broken and several doors forced open. Police said it could not be determined how recent the damage is or whether anything was stolen.

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