Two people were arrested Thursday in front of the Butler County Sheriff's Office, so the sheriff wanted to offer a few tips of what 'not to do.'
The list reads:
- If you are not handicapped, do not park in a handicap spot, especially if the Sheriff's personal vehicle is parked directly behind you.
- When a deputy tells you to move your vehicle because you are illegally parked in a handicap spot, do not exit the vehicle and run away.
- Do not jump into someone else's vehicle and tell them to you have warrants and need a ride- that person will probably tell on you.
- Do not come to the Sheriff's Office with a vehicle loaded with stolen merchandise and then do any of the above.
This handy tip sheet was sent out after Anthony Twyman, 35, and Kimberly Twyman, 31, did all of these things.
The Twyman's parked in a handicap parking spot1 in the front lot of the Butler County Sheriff's Office2, and when deputies approached the car, Anthony got out and ran. Kimberly was not in the vehicle, but she reappeared in time to see Anthony arrested by deputies.
Remembering she had warrants3, Kimberly got into a stranger's car and demanded a ride. The owner of the vehicle refused to give Kimberly a ride and left the vehicle in search of help. It was around this time deputies arrested Kimberly.
When deputies searched the Twyman's vehicle, they found pieces of clothing and other items deputies determined were stolen.
"It's pretty simple," Sheriff Richard Jones said. "I guess I need a sign in the lot that states, 'If you park illegally, have a car load of stolen stuff, have warrants and run from the police, you might be ignorant.4'"
Anthony is being charged with obstruction of official business, and Kimberly is being charged obstruction of official business, theft and driving under a suspended license. Both also have warrants from other agencies.
- This is illegal
- This is now illegal and dumb
- If you have warrants, what are you doing hanging out near a sheriff's office, or police station, of any kind?
- It might help