Former Texas City officer accused of theft allegedly rammed girlfriend's car

TEXAS CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- A former Texas City police officer accused of stealing money from a dying man has now been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly ramming his girlfriend's car.

Investigators say 41-year-old Linnard Crouch rammed the side of the car just before 3 a.m. on Sept. 21 at the intersection of 23rd Street North and 24th Avenue North.

The 39-year-old girlfriend, who has not been identified, was not injured.

Crouch is being held on $80,000 bond.

In July, Crouch was accused of having stolen money from a man who had just suffered a heart attack in his car while Crouch was still working as an officer.

The allegations date back to Dec. 19, 2016. According to family members, Jim Mabe had just left his son's office with $2,400 in cash to buy Christmas presents for the entire family. He had apparently only driven a short distance in Texas City when he suffered a heart attack.

The family said Crouch was the first responding officer. They allege that the officer, instead of focusing on saving Mabe's life, first took the $2,400 cash. The family says according to a Texas City Police memo, the incident was captured on the officer's body camera.

Crouch has since been charged with theft in connection with that incident.

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