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Catalytic Converter Thief Arrested in Irving; Two Teens Arrested in Different Incidents for Assault and Drugs in a Drug-Free Zone

Jacques Gaines

Irving Police made three arrests on September 29, 2023, addressing various offenses within the community.

At 4:30 am, 22-year-old Jacques Leon Gaines was apprehended and booked into the Irving Jail. Gaines faces multiple charges, including evading arrest, criminal mischief of a vehicle, and unauthorized possession of a catalytic converter. He also had two active warrants from the Dallas County Sheriff Office for theft under $30,000. Catalytic converter thefts have been a rising concern in Irving, with 153,000 reported cases in the U.S. in 2022. Thieves target these devices due to the high-value precious metals like platinum, palladium, and rhodium they contain.

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Zykamren Bowie

Later in the day, at 9:23 am, 17-year-old Zykamren Lajuan Bowie was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (PG2) in a drug-free zone (in or near a school), making it a felony 3rd degree offense. Penalty group 2 drugs are considered "soft" drugs such as THC, mushrooms, esctasy, or Adderall are examples. Bowie, a student at MacArthur High School, was booked into the Irving Jail, and bond was set at $1,000.  He could be facing between two to ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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Joseph Fulcher

In a separate incident, 17-year-old Joseph Fulcher was arrested at 5:43 pm for a domestic violence assault (class c). Fulcher was booked into jail for a Class C Assault misdemeanor, indicating a threat without physical harm. Conviction for this offense can lead to a maximum fine of $500, although the repercussions on a person's record can be severe.

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