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    Man who police say was ‘fighting an ice machine’ jailed

    By Larry Statser,


    WICHITA FALLS ( KFDX/KJTL ) — A report of a man “fighting an ice machine” in the parking lot of a Wichita Falls restaurant leads to charges after police said the man tried to regain possession of a seized bag from an officer.

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    Ashford Meeks, 40, is jailed on charges of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, resisting arrest, and interference with public duties. He also has two prior warrants for criminal trespass.

    The police report said that a Wichita Falls police officer was sent to 1100 Sheppard Access Road, the Pioneer 3 Restaurant, to check on the man at the ice vending machine in the parking lot.

    The officer said as he approached, he saw a man at the machine setting a bag down behind the machine. He recognized him as Meeks and said as he began talking to him Meeks began to try to walk past him and put distance between himself and the bag.

    The officer instructed Meeks to stand in front of the patrol car so he could check out the bag. Before he could reach the bag, he said Meeks had moved toward it and ordered him to go back, but Meeks kept coming and tried to take the bag from the officer. The officer yanked the bag back and said they began struggling.

    Officers said Meeks was taken to the ground and refused to put his hands behind his back but was eventually placed in handcuffs.

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    When officers searched the bag, they said they found 13 identifying documents, including bank, credit, social security, and other I.D. cards, and even one passport. The 13 documents belonged to at least 9 different individuals, according to the affidavit.

    Meeks has 13 local arrests listed since 2014 including one for assault, another for identity fraud, and two for evading arrest.

    This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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