Five separate robberies along the Katy Trail were reported to police between Thursday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 1, according to a blog by Dallas police officials. In each one, two suspects robbed their victims at gunpoint.
These incidents are in addition to at least two more incidents — one robbery and one assault — that happened over the weekend in the Oak Lawn. Those two come on the heels of at least nine other robberies and/or assaults in Oak Lawn since the start of September.
The first of the Katy Trail robberies happened about 9:40 p.m. Thursday on the trail near 2740 N. Houston St. The location is near the intersection of North Houston and Victory Avenue West.
The next robberies occurred on Katy Trail Saturday morning, Oct. 31, about 30 minutes apart — at 6:50 and 7:30 a.m. — in the area of 3200 Maple Avenue, which is at Reverchon Park. The final two happened Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1 — at 1:40 and 1:45 p.m. — on the trail near 3100 Routh Street
On Thursday, October 29, 2015, at about 9:40 p.m., two suspects robbed an individual at gunpoint on the Katy Trail in the area of 2740 North Houston Street.
On Saturday, October 31, 2015, at about 6:50 a.m., and again at 7:20 a.m., two suspects robbed individuals at gunpoint on the Katy Trail in the area of 3200 Maple Street near Reverchon Park.
On Sunday, November 1, 2015, at about 1:40 p.m., and 1:45 p.m., two suspects robbed individuals at gunpoint on the Katy Trail near the 3100 Routh Street, about two blocks away of the robberies on Maple the previous day.
The suspects in all five robberies were described as black males in their 20s ranging in height from 5 feet, 7 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 140 and 200 pounds. In each case the suspects have been armed with a silver revolver or some other handgun and have been wearing gray, black or blue hoodies with jeans.
Also in each case, the suspects stood on the trail, blocking their victims’ paths, and demanding their property. Stolen items have included cell phones, wallets and money.
Police said no one has been injured so far.
The Katy Trail robberries have occurred in Dallas Police Department’s Central Patrol Division, and officials there said they have increased patrols on the trail in the wake of the incidents. Police are also asking that anyone with information on theses suspects call Det. Loeb of the Dallas Police Robbery Unit at 215-671-3584. Information can also be called in anonymously to Crimestoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).
Police urged those using Katy Trail to “always be aware of your surroundings, take note of the trail markers along the trail so that if you have an emergency you can advise 9-1-1 of where you are so that we can direct resources to you as quickly as possible. If you see something or someone you find suspicious, please call 9-1-1 or report it through the iWatch Dallas app.”
The attacks/robberies in the Oak Lawn area fall under the watch of DPD’s Northwest Patrol Division. Five of them are being attributed to a group of two to four Hispanic men, two of them by a single black male and two other by a group of three black men.