A 29-year-old man, who was walking to friend’s house at 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 20 after the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and festival, was attacked by four men at the intersection of Sylvester and Wycliff, according to police reports. Dallas police have not yet identified the man, other than to say he was a white man, and investigators have no suspects.
Attackers first hit the man with their fists and kicked him, according to the Dallas Police report, and then used a baseball bat to continue the assault. The victim suffered abrasions and bruises and a fractured skull. He was hospitalized and was in stable condition by Monday morning, Sept. 21.
During the attack, the assailants went through the victim’s pockets and stole personal items from him before continuing to beat him while using anti-gay language. Because the offense occurred after the Pride parade, “a day of historical significance in the GLBT community,” the report from police states, “preliminary investigation indicates that this offense meets the criteria of a hate crime.”
Another factor, according to police, is that the assault and the derogatory language continued after removing the victim’s property.
Because a bat that is considered a deadly weapon, police are classifying the crime as an aggravated robbery, which is first degree felony punishable by 5-99 years or life in.
The hospitalized man was unable to provide any description of the men or their vehicle.
The Robbery Unit is canvassing for witnesses and video evidence. Anyone with information about this offense or these suspects is asked to contact Dallas Police Det. Arredondo at 214-671-3638.