The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 1, 2010

Woman arrested for impersonating a peace officer

PALESTINE — A 38-year-old East Texas woman is free on bond following her arrest for impersonating a peace officer at the Anderson County Youth & Livestock Arena over the weekend.

Melanie Barnes Henslee, 38, of Royse City was released from the Anderson County Jail Monday after posting a $25,000 bond set by Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Todd, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Henslee had been arrested earlier that same day on the third-degree felony charge of impersonating a peace officer, according to the sheriff.

Taylor said authorities also are presently seeking information on a second suspect in the case.

Around 10:50 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff said his agency was contacted by a pair of female complainants concerning “somebody impersonating a peace officer” at the arena on U.S. 287, north of the Palestine city limits.

Deputy Ronnie Howell responded to the call.

“This lady approached them and flashed them something, stating she was an agent with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and demanded identification,” Taylor said.

The two complainants produced and handed over their identification to the lady who was later identified as Henslee, according to the sheriff.

“The identification was given to a second suspect and she (Henslee) tells them this is her supervisor with the same agency,” Taylor said.

The sheriff said the suspects then allegedly requested more identification, prompting the complainants to grow suspicious.

Upon arrival at the scene, Howell spoke to the two complainants and Henslee, according to the sheriff. The second suspect, however, was no longer at the scene, he added.

After completing the interviews, Howell returned to the sheriff's office and spoke with an investigator, according to the sheriff.

“We determined this was a crime that needed to be addressed,” Taylor said.

Henslee turned herself in at the Anderson County Jail Monday after a warrant had been issued for her arrest and bonded out of the facility the same day after posting the $25,000 bond, according to records.

“We’re still investigating,” Taylor said. “She (Henslee) is not cooperating with us. What was the motive? That’s why the laws are there.”


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