A 23-year-old University of North Texas student was robbed at gunpoint Monday night inside his apartment located in the 500 block of South Carroll Boulevard, according to a police report filed Tuesday morning.

Police said four men, at least one carrying a handgun, forced their way into the man’s apartment. Reached by phone, the student, Syed Manzoor, said one of the men struck him in the face with the handgun.

Manzoor said he’s lived at the Gazebo Apartments for about a year now and has always felt safe. He heard a knock at his door at around 11 p.m. Monday. When he opened the door, the men forced their way inside, he said.

Manzoor said the men took about $300 from his apartment, but police noted only $150 was taken, according to the police report. Also reported stolen were a laptop and a watch.

Manzoor said the four men came in asking for marijuana and other drugs. He told them he didn’t have any and believes he was wrongly targeted. Police noted in their report they had no indication Manzoor had any kind of drugs in his apartment.

But Manzoor recalled the police at the scene telling him, “This would go a lot easier if you told us the truth.” He even told the police to bring a drug-sniffing dog to prove his own innocence.

“Because I have nothing to hide,” Manzoor said Wednesday morning.

He said he’s not angry with the police, just bothered by how they questioned him.

“In this whole situation, I am annoyed that they seem to think it’s my fault,” Manzoor said.

Police took fingerprints but did not say Wednesday whether they had any suspects in the case.

14 DWI arrests made during ‘no-refusal weekend’

The Denton Police Department said local police agencies arrested 14 people during its “no-refusal” enforcement over the Memorial Day weekend.

The three-day enforcement period targeted people suspected of driving while intoxicated. People who declined a breath test or blood test were subject to emergency court-ordered tests.

Of those, 13 people were arrested by Denton police. One person was arrested by University of North Texas police. Police from Texas Woman’s University, which took part in the campaign, recorded no DWI arrests.

Denton police spokeswoman Khristen Jones said eight people refused to undergo sobriety tests, requiring police to obtain warrants. The remaining six did not refuse testing, she said.

Other reports

2700 block of West University Drive A man was arrested Tuesday morning in a Walmart parking lot on drug and evading arrest charges after it was reported he was “driving fast through the parking lot trying to hit people,” according to a police report.

Nobody was injured, police said, and nobody was hit by the man’s vehicle.

Police said he was found with methamphetamine and marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia, the report shows. The man allegedly ran from police before he was arrested.

1700 block of Shady Oaks Drive A United Parcel Service warehouse was burglarized over the long weekend, when multiple open boxes aboard waiting delivery trucks were rummaged through and items taken, according to a police report.

Police said they did not know what was taken.


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

  • The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 1,076 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.
  • The Denton Police Department handled 168 service and officer-initiated calls and made 12 arrests.
  • Denton firefighters responded to 29 medical calls and one trash fire.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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