Somehow, Dallas police weren't convinced that Hendri Boykin was the hopelessly lovestruck 19-year-old he made himself out to be. He had a gold engagement ring and told the officers who visited his apartment Tuesday afternoon that he was "going to ask my girl to marry me," stammering nervously in the manner of a man bracing for a life-changing decision
But there were red flags, too. The engagement ring was stuffed in a secret pocket sewn into Boykin's jeans, which could have been but somehow didn't seem calculated to heighten the surprise of the proposal. And when officers asked where he'd gotten the ring and how much it cost, he was at a loss. He simply stammered, paused, and sighed a single, defeated word: "Man."
There was also the fact that police found a purse in Boykin's apartment that had been stolen a few minutes before from a woman in the same complex who had been buckling her kids in the car. And that Boykin was wearing the same outfit and matched the description of the thief. And that witnesses had seen Boykin steal the purse and told police who he was and where he lived.
Boykin was arrested and taken to Lew Sterrett on a pair of burglary charges. The ring, based on information from police reports, doesn't seem to have belonged to the woman whose purse was stolen.
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Officers took it and checked it into their property room for later retrieval. DPD spokesman Demarquis Black doubts very much that Boykin was planning on popping the question, but who knows? Maybe Boykin's a romantic and wanted a special ring for a special girl.