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Update: Denton PD Arrest Assault Suspect

Updated: Oct 4

UPDATE (11:20 p.m.): The suspect in today’s assault is in custody. Jason Lata, 44, was arrested after Denton PD detectives obtained an arrest warrant for assault causes bodily injury. Lata is currently in the City of Denton Jail. Bail is set at $15,000.




DENTON, TX, Oct. 3, 2020 (5:20 p.m.) – At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, officers were dispatched to a local hospital regarding an assault that occurred in the 2800 block of S. I-35E. A male reported he was assaulted by an unknown male at Buc-ee’s.

The victim told officers that he and a friend observed supporters of President Donald Trump at the location. A verbal argument ensued, and the victim said an unknown male then punched him in the face.

Officers observed an abrasion below the victim’s right eyebrow. He also had a broken tooth.

The unknown male was last seen in a dark-colored Dodge Ram.

Denton PD has received the video of this incident that has circulated on social media. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has additional information to share with investigators is asked to call (940) 349-8181.

Image of the suspect below.


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