Dallas police ask for info on assaults, robberies

Screen shot 2015-10-26 at 3.38.26 PMWith less than a week to go in October, Dallas police today (Monday, Oct. 26) posted a blog on their website asking for the public’s help in solving a number of robberies and assaults that occurred  in Oak Lawn over the past two months.

During the last two months, police said there have been nine robbery and aggravated assaulted offenses “in or near the Oak Lawn Community … . In every case, the victim was alone in a public place during the hours of darkness when he was attacked.”

Police say five of the offenses reportedly were committed by a group of two to four Hispanic men “who knocked their victims to the ground and punched and kicked them while stealing their property.”

The attackers in one of these five used a baseball bat on their victim “causing serious bodily injury,” police said. That attack happened on Sunday, Sept. 20, after the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade when a young man named Blake (he has asked that his last name not be used while his assailants remain at large) was attacked on a Cedar Springs side street. The men who attacked him dragged him into a vehicle and continued to beat him before dumping him several blocks away near the intersection of Wycliff Avenue and Sylvester Street.

Police are investigating the attack on Blake as a hate crime because of the anti-gay language his assailants used during the incident.

This group of five attacks also includes one on Oct. 1 when Jaime Dominguez was jumped and stabbed in the chest, neck, ribs and on the side of his head while walking along Cedar Springs Road about 1 a.m.

Police said a white Ford van was used in at least one of these attacks.

Two of the nine offenses were reportedly committed by a black male who robbed his victims at gunpoint, according to the DPD blog. The suspect is described as being between 28 to 30 years old, 5-feet, 10-inches in height, and about 150 pounds. In one offense he was wearing a yellow shirt and blue jeans and in the second he was wearing a gray shirt and black pants.

There is no suspect vehicle information for this individual.

The other two attacks were reportedly committed by one to three black men who “knocked their victims to the ground and punched and kicked them while stealing their property,” police said. One suspect is described as being between 18 to 20 years old, 5-feet, 8inches tall and about 150 pounds. The other two suspects are both described as 6 feet tall and about 185 pounds.

There is no suspect vehicle information.

Police ask that anyone with any information on these offenses or these suspects call the Dallas Police Department Robbery Unit at 214-671-3584.



—  Tammye Nash

Rally set for Sunday in response to attacks

Screen shot 2015-10-09 at 11.57.17 AMDallas LGBT activists are calling on the community to rally Sunday night, Oct. 11, on National Coming Out Day, at the Legacy of Love Monument as a show of strength and solidarity in opposition to a recent rash of possible hate crimes in the Oak Lawn gayborhood.

Three gay men have been injured in three separate attacks since Pride parade day in Dallas on Sunday, Sept. 20. About a month and a half earlier, on July 29, the body of murdered trans woman Shade Schuler was found in a field near the Medical District.

And overnight Thursday, Oct. 8, glass doors at JR’s Bar and Grill and TMC: The Mining Company — two Caven Enterprises bars located in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road — and at Woody’s Sports and Video Bar — one block over at 4011 Cedar Springs Road — were broken out when someone threw something, possibly bricks, through the glass.

“We say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” declares the Facebook page announcing the Sunday night rally. “On this National Coming Out Day join members of the Dallas LGBTQ community and our allies as we say publicly that we will not be pushed back into the closet by fear, intimidation and hatred. Join our call for justice and vigil with us for the victims of these atrocities.”

We Are Not Afraid: LGBTQ Response to Hate begins at 7 p.m. at the Legacy of Love Monument, located at the intersection of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. The list of speakers is still being finalized, but you can check for updates at the event page on Facebook.

Organizers ask that those attending bring signs, banners, flags, candles and other light sources.

Here is the info on the three men who have been attacked:

• A young man named Blake, who has asked that his last name be withheld because his attackers are still at large, was walking near Cedar Springs Road at 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 20 after the Dallas Pride Parade when he was attacked him with a baseball bat and abducted by four men. They pulled him into a car and then dumped him, bloody and beaten, near the intersection of Sylvester and Wycliff.  Because his assailants used anti-gay slurs during the attack, police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.This case is being investigated as a hate crime. A GoFundMe account is still collecting donations to help Blake.

Jaime (Michael) Domingez was walking home down Cedar Springs Road, near the Cedar Springs Tap House, when he attacked around midnight on Friday, Oct. 2. He was attacked from behind and stabbed and cut several times with a razor blade or knife, leaving him with stab wounds and cuts on his arms, stomach and across his eye. There is also a GoFundMe account set up to help cover his medical costs and other expenses.

A third man named Michael, who also asked that his last name be withheld, said two people punched him recently as he was walking to a Cedar Springs bar. He said he didn’t call police right away because he’d been drinking before the attack happened, but he changed his mind after seeing televised reports about the attack on Jaime Domingez.

Shade Schuler’s badly decomposed body was found July 29 near the 5600 block of Riverside Drive. Police are still trying to determine how she was killed and a possible motive for her murder. Schuler, 22, is one of 21 trans women killed nationwide this year. Most of those victims have been trans women of color.

—  Tammye Nash

SLIDESHOW: ES Collection hosts summer fashion show

Cedar Springs boutique ES Collection, the first U.S. outlet for the Barcelona-based men’s fashion line, hosted a runway show and part for its current collection, called Spectrum, on account of the diverse selection of colors. We were there, and got some hot pics!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Rumors of the Cedar Springs Kroger demise are greatly exaggerated

Freezer sections are longer and nicer.

You can still get your drunk ice cream at the Kroger on Cedar Springs, which, for the record, is not closing.

Though you may have heard otherwise, Kroger on Cedar Springs is in fact not closing. Your neighborhood meat market is safe.

There are no plans to build another apartment or condominium building in its place. It is not abandoning the neighborhood. I spoke with the manager who said in effect the same thing. Do not think otherwise. If you do, don’t blame me.

I called and asked the friendly manager, who in effect told me the same thing. He said he’s heard these rumors too, though doesn’t know how or where they started. He said they actually plan to expand the store on their property, which they own.



—  James Russell

1 dead after shooting in Oak Lawn

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Dallas police are looking for a black male in connection with a shooting in Oak Lawn late Sunday night, Dec. 21, that left one man dead.

Floyd Robinson, 32, was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

According to police reports, officers responded about 11 p.m. Sunday to a shooting call in the 2900 block of Lucas, about a block off Cedar Springs Road, near the North Dallas Tollway. They found Robinson in a breezeway at an apartment complex there, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Homicide detectives later determined that Robinson had been involved in an altercation in the 2800 block of The Mall Street, just across Hartford Street from the apartment where he was found. The investigation so far indicated that Robinson was shot during that altercation and then ran across Hartford Street to the location where he was found.

Detectives said the suspect remains unknown and that the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information concerning this shooting call the DPD Homicide Unit at 214-671-3661.


—  Tammye Nash

Memorial set for man found in Turtle Creek

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Robert Letbetter

An obituary was posted and memorial service planned for the man found dead in Turtle Creek on Nov. 3.

While cause of death was not listed for Robert Letbetter, the obituary notes, “Although his struggles were long and difficult, his death came unexpectedly.” Dallas police only said they were waiting for toxicology test results before listing cause of death.

More than 50 pictures are posted along with the obituary.

The memorial service will be held on Nov. 14 in Conroe, where he was born.


—  David Taffet

Body found near Cedar Springs Road

CrimeTapeSmallA body was found near Cedar Springs Road and Turtle Creek Boulevard at about 10 a.m. today, Nov. 3. There’s no report yet if the death is being investigated as a homicide. As of 3 p.m., police were describing the death as “unexplained.”

Dallas Voice will update this post as more information becomes available.

Police report:

On Monday, November 3, 2014 at about 10:07 a.m. officers received a call from Dallas Fire and Rescue regarding a person deceased and in the creek located at 2800 Turtle Creek Boulevard. The body of an unidentified white male has been recovered. The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time.

—  David Taffet

With Halloween just a week away ….

(And the Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party happening tomorrow night — Saturday, Oct. 25), I thought it was appropriate to share this video here on Instant Tea. Thanks, Hardy Haberman, for sharing it with me.

—  Tammye Nash

No more Drama, just a Zoo


Dallas Voice Associate Advertising  Director Chad Mantooth brought this news into the office today: The space on Cedar Springs formerly occupied by The Drama Room has been taken over by a new enterprise.

Liquid Zoo, now at 3851 Cedar Springs Road, will feature a stage with drag shows and live music, and is set to open in mid-November. Renovations are underway now.

Stay tuned to DallasVoice.com for more.

—  Tammye Nash

DPD homicide detectives ask for help in murder investigation


Joseph Chase

Dallas Police Department Homicide Det. Derick Chaney is asking for the public’s help as he investigates the death of of a 54-year-old gay man assaulted early Saturday morning, Sept. 25.

Chaney said that Joseph Chase was beaten up by two men about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street. Chaney said Chase was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside JR.’s Bar and Grill. He was taken by ambulance to a Dallas hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Chaney said detectives have video footage from nearby surveillance cameras that show Chase being assaulted by two unidentified men. He said the video also shows that several other people passed by during the assault and shortly afterward, and he hopes that one or more of those individuals will come forward with information that could help identify the assailants.

“The people passing by probably just thought they were seeing a fight. They probably had no idea this man was being assaulted and that he died as a result of this,” Chaney said. “We want to reach out to these people and hopefully get some information that will help us solve this homicide.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Chaney at 214-671-3650.

—  Tammye Nash