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TX- Suspect in sexual assaults kills himself

2-13-2008 Texas:

A man wanted in Grapevine on suspicion of sexually assaulting three young boys killed himself Tuesday in North Dakota when police there tried to arrest him, officials said.

The Minot, N.D., officers were trying to serve 58-year-old Arthur Naumann of Grapevine with a Texas arrest warrant for three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, authorities said.

Minot police Chief Jeff Balentine told The Associated Press that Naumann fled back into a mobile home when officers tried to arrest him. The officers heard a single shot, Balentine said. After a five-hour standoff and numerous attempts to contact Naumann, police entered and found him dead with a gunshot wound to the head, Balentine said.

Grapevine detectives began investigating Naumann after the children came forward in December, Grapevine police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Smith said. The assaults allegedly happened between August and December, Smith said.

In order to preserve the boys' anonymity, police are not releasing how Naumann gained access to the victims.

"After we heard what happened in North Dakota, our case is now closed," Smith said.

Naumann had no criminal history in Tarrant County, according to court records. He was also not listed in the state's sex offender registry. ..more.. by MARK AGEE, 817-685-3821

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