Parkland carjacking suspect not related to Oak Lawn attacks

Major Max GeronDeon Fridia, one of two 18-year-olds arrested on Saturday night for a carjacking at a garage in an apartment complex across the street from Parkland Hospital, couldn’t be responsible for the recent string of attacks on gay men in Oak Lawn, because he was in jail at the time.

Arrest records show Fridia was held on charges of theft of less than $50, possession of marijuana, evading arrest and failure to give proper ID. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Fridia’s mother, Kimberly Lowe, told Fox 4, “He couldn’t possibly have done all of the crimes because he was incarcerated for like 45 days and he just got out like 3 weeks ago.”

On Sunday, Dec. 13, police held a press conference at Dallas Police headquarters, and announced the arrest of two men in the assault, robbery and carjacking of a woman around midnight at a parking garage. Police spokesman Major Max Geron said police would investigate whether the two arrested men were connected to the Oak Lawn attacks. None of the victims of the attacks have been contacted to help make an identification.

The second man in the attack is Donedwin Maxie. Maxie also has an arrest record, but previous charges against him were no-billed or dismissed.

After taking the car from the woman in the parking garage early Sunday morning, Maxie and Fridia tried to use one of the woman’s credit cards in Oak Cliff, but then returned to Oak Lawn. Police caught them at the Exxon/7-11 on the corner of Oak Lawn and Maple avenues and credit the increased police presence in the area as a result of the series of violent attacks for the quick arrest.

 

—  David Taffet

Atlanta police investigate fatal shooting of gay nightclub owner, black Pride organizer

Associated Press

ATLANTA —Police are investigating the shooting death of the co-owner of a popular gay nightclub.

Authorities say 50-year-old Durand Robinson was found shot dead in the middle of an Atlanta street early Wednesday, Aug. 25 following a possible carjacking. Robinson was co-owner of the gay nightclub Traxx and an organizer of the city’s black gay pride celebration.

Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos says Thursday officers are “pursuing all possibilities at this time.” He said authorities have reached no conclusion “whether his sexual orientation or involvement in the gay community played a role in his shooting death.”

Witnesses tell Atlanta police he had gotten into an argument with someone just before shots rang out. Friends say they believe he may have been the victim of an attempted carjacking, but police say they don’t have a motive or suspect.

—  John Wright