At Half Price Books, a Dallas Cop Was Nearly Killed by a Fleeing J.R.R. Tolkien Thief

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Dallas County Sheriff's Office
Lacey Jones

On Wednesday afternoon, an employee at the Half Price Books mothership on Northwest Highway watched a customer as she picked out a selection of audiobooks, concealed them under her shirt, and nonchalantly walked out the back door.

Darrell Stevens, a Dallas police officer working an off-duty security job at the store, found her sitting in the parking lot in her 2007 Volkswagon Rabbit. He rapped on the driver's side window. "Dallas police," he said. "Open the door."

The woman, who police identified as 26-year-old Lacey Leann Jones, opened the door as Stevens asked. Then she grabbed onto his left hand and put the car in reverse, holding tight as the car moved backwards.

Stevens, trapped between the door and body of the car, yelled at Jones to stop. Instead, she stepped on the gas. Another officer who had accompanied Stevens to the parking lot, now pretty damn sure that his colleague was going to be crushed by the tiny red hatchback tiny, unholstered his gun and pointed it at Jones, who was by this point demanding that he "Kill me!"

He didn't have to. Stevens was able to reach the brake pedal and put the car in park. Jones was arrested without further incident on charges of theft and aggravated assault of a public servant. She's in Dallas County jail on a $25,500 bond. It was the second time in a month that she's been arrested for theft, although on the previous occasion, she was also allegedly drunk.

The officers also returned the stolen audiobooks to Half Price, and they read like the library of any hardened criminal: a J.R.R. Tolkien collection; The Chronicles of Narnia;
Girl in Translation (Publishers Weekly's synopsis: "A resolute yet naïve Chinese girl confronts poverty and culture shock with equal zeal when she and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn in [Jean] Kwok's affecting coming-of-age debut."); and James Patterson's teen thriller Daniel X.


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30 comments
tagkev1
tagkev1

perhaps  she  should  have stolen audiotapes on criminal get-a-ways

TexMarine
TexMarine

ban benzos! ban books! ban cars!

tiffiern
tiffiern

While we can all make assumptions on the character of this person, and so far many are true to a point, let me atleast say that as her family, and frequent victim/target of her actions, she is a troubled girl with an extensive drug history and obvious escalating mental/emotional behavior. I have no answer for why she has become this person. She grew up loved and with more than enough opportunities. But mental illness in addition to drug abuse is never understood. And her family has exhausted all ways to guide her away from these choices. You may find it easy to pass judgment but you will never fully understand until you live thru it. She comes from an educated family..her mom is a RN as is her sister and her brother is an IT admin. While it's awful she escalated to this level and hate that the officer had to experience this..as her family, we are relieved that she is confined and safe for the time being as we have sat helpless watching her spiral out of control and lived in fear that either one of us or someone would end up being seriously hurt as her behavior escalated.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

"ugly," "face of meth," "sociopath" -- real class, gentlemen.

roo_ster
roo_ster

The ugly face of bibliophilia.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Is it me, or does she look like a female patton oswalt in that picture?

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

Eric, could you please let a VW roll over you and report back to us on how tiny it is?

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

Another sociopath you hope you don't meet while your crossing the street and she is driving by.  What would Aslan say?

roo_ster
roo_ster

@bmarvel Public obloquy for those who steal others' property and try to kill those who try to prevent the theft is quite appropriate and ought to be encouraged.  What we lack is _more_ of same with regard to those who leech off of others by theft or other means.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@bmarvel Sorry, I forgot I had to be classy toward classless people who steal and try to drag cops down the road. Libtard.

Daniel
Daniel

@keepcensoringDO You need to walk around the block few more times. She looks like a drunk or maybe a benzo-head, but nothing like an abuser of stimulants. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@roo_ster @bmarvel "Public obloquy for those who steal others' property and try to kill those who try to prevent the theft is quite appropriate " And provides such a cheap moral fix. This woman is such an easy target. No particular insight or energy or courage required. And by the way, why have so many zeroed in on her appearance, as if that were her greatest sin? I'm not buying it, roo. Want the satisfaction of condemning bad behavior? Look around. There's no shortage of likely targets.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@keepcensoringDO @bmarvel  

The comments reveal a lot more about the class, or lack of it, of the commenters than they do about the book-thief. We already knew about her. We didn't know about them until they blogged off. 

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@bmarvel @roo_ster You seem like a conflict resolution pussy. 

Do you talk in condescending liberal voice too? Where you avoid making statements and phrase everything as if it's a question as to avoid hurting sensitive feelings? 

BTW: I am right and you are wrong. That's usually how it ends up around here though which is no surprise considering I base my conclusions on evidence and facts as opposed to menstruating feel good soft hand emotions. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@roo_ster @bmarvel I understand completely. No punishment is complete without an old-fashioned New England-style public humiliation: howling mob throwing garbage and insults, or stones, at the miscreant. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

@bmarvel @roo_ster This precious snowflake is not as unique as you seem to think.  

I have plenty of condemnation to go around, some reserved for those who prefer a soft touch regarding those who steal & attempt murder.

tiffiern
tiffiern

@keepcensoringDO

I can assure she is not a poor wittle sensitive wiberal, nor is she being coddled. As someone who has been victim of her thieving, she is a very troubled person. But you make a correct assumption with her meth look..although she swears she quit a long time ago. She prefers benzos..which are mostly prescribed..unless it's ones she stolen. She also swears to have quit drinking..innocent until proven guilty likely shows otherwise. And I agree..she should be held accountable..unfortunately she hasnt been in the legal area, and as her family..we have done all that can be done, including being the frequent target of her actions..which are obviously escalating. While I am thankful no one was hurt, and hate that the officer had to experience such a scary incident, I am relieved she is atleast confined in an environment that keeps her from continuing her obvious spiral out of control.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@bmarvel HEY MAYBE IF MORE PEOPLE ACTUALLY HELD THIS WOMAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER ACTIONS INSTEAD OF CODDLING HER LIKE A WITTLE SENSITIVE WIBERAL BABY SHE'D STRAIGHTEN HER SHIT OUT? 


And I don't feel superior to this woman-- I AM. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@keepcensoringDO @bmarvel Nothing relative about it, censoring. She did something stupid and dangerous. Commenters sensed an easy target and piled on with remarks that were crass, classless and clueless. If that makes everyone feel superior, well, it's probably the only chance they'll get.

By the way, I guess you're the last to hear the news: "Libtard," a word with no actual meaning, went out of use among intelligent bloggers two years ago. Search that vocabulary. See if you can come up with something new, if not original.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@bmarvel @keepcensoringDO Typical libtard moral relativism. Me postulating that this woman is an amphetamine user based upon her actions and appearance is not the same as her trying to run over a cop, stealing and multiple arrests. 

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