Trio robbed at gunpoint in Office Depot parking lot early Sunday after visiting Cedar Springs

Posted on 24 Oct 2011 at 3:21pm

The parking lot of Office Depot on Oak Lawn Avenue — a popular place for Cedar Springs club-goers to park after hours — has also become a hotspot for criminal activity.

In the latest incident, three people from East Texas were robbed at gunpoint and carjacked early Sunday in the lot at 2929 Oak Lawn Ave., near the intersection of Dickason Avenue.

According to police reports, it was at least the fourth aggravated robbery in the Office Depot parking lot in the last three months. Reports show there have also been numerous vehicle break-ins and other offenses reported during the same time period.

“We’ve definitely had a problem at that location,” said Laura Martin, the Dallas Police Department’s LGBT liaison officer.

In the latest case, the three victims had returned to their vehicle at about 3 a.m. Sunday when the two suspects pulled up behind them in a white Dodge Avenger, according to reports. The suspects, described as two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts, got out, pointed handguns at two of the victims who were standing in the parking lot and said, “Get on the ground, give me your money.”

One of the suspects then got into the victims’ vehicle and told the third victim, who was in the passenger’s seat, “Get out of the car or I’ll blow your head off.” After the victim got out, the suspect drove off in the 2010 Toyota belonging to the victims. The other suspect drove off in the suspects’ Dodge.

Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for DPD, said this afternoon that no arrests had been made in the case. Janse said the stolen vehicle was recovered with no wheels or tires at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of North St. Augustine Road in Dallas.

The victim who is the owner of the Toyota told Dallas Voice he lost everything in the robbery. The victim, a 21-year-old Hispanic male, said he and his friends are from Tyler and were in Dallas to visit his mother in the hospital, before going to Station 4.

The victim said he’d paid off $26,000 of a $36,000 loan he took out to purchase the Toyota, but his insurance had lapsed two days before the robbery.

“They won’t cover it,” he said. “I’m just out of luck.”

The victim was elated to learn from Instant Tea that police had recovered the vehicle.

“I don’t care if they took the tires or anything,” he said. “I just want my car back.”

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