Gay Dallas man arrested for robbery says he was fleeing hate crime

Justin York’s arm a few days after the incident at Southwest Auto Tow. He said he suffered a concussion and a dislocated jaw.

A Dallas gay man claims he was the victim of a hate crime while trying to retrieve his items from a towing company on Oct. 6.

Justin York said he was moving into an apartment when his car and his friend’s car were towed in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 6. He said his landlord hadn’t processed their vehicle information yet, so the towing was a misunderstanding.

York and his friend went to Southwest Auto Tow, at 11211 Goodnight Lane, to get items out of their cars around 5 a.m. He said he didn’t want to pay $200 to get his car back since it was towed because of a mistake by his landlord.

York said he turned on his car for heat because of the chilly weather that weekend. A few minutes later, he said he saw two men at the company pick up his friend’s car with a wrecker while the friend was still inside and begin to swing the car from side to side. York said he left his car running and ran toward the men to stop them.

He said they then punched him in the head and his friend ran off. He said one of the men sat on him while the other kicked him repeatedly and yelled anti-gay slurs and comments about gay sex. He fought back to protect himself.

“I may be gay, but I’m still a man no matter how feminine I am, so I fought back,” he said. “I literally started whooping his ass with my purse.”

—  Dallasvoice

DPD seeks suspects who shot man on Lemmon Ave., leaving him paralyzed

Dallas police are trying to identifying possible suspects who might have information about an aggravated assault on Aug. 16.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the back near his shoulder blade shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of Lemmon Street near Lolita’s Restaurant, according to a police report.

The vehicle description of the people believed to be responsible is a silver two-door Honda.

The man is now paralyzed, according to a police news release.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects should contact Dallas Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment for this offense. Calls can be made anonymously.

—  Dallasvoice

Female dancer stabbed by ex-girlfriend at Station 4 following Dallas Pride

A female dancer at Station 4 was stabbed by her ex-girlfriend following an argument inside the gay nightclub early Monday.

The woman, 23-year-old Melissa Yung of Bedford, was working as a dancer at the club at 3911 Cedar Springs Road when her ex-girlfriend approached her shortly before 2 a.m., Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for DPD, told Instant Tea.

The two began fighting and the ex-girlfriend cut Yung with an unknown object, causing serious bodily injury, according to a Dallas police report. She sustained a major cut on the left side of her neck, as well as cuts on her chest and abdomen, the report states.

The suspect was wearing all black and fled the club in an unknown direction, according to the report.

The dancer was treated on scene and told police she was going to go to a hospital in North Richland Hills and refused transport by Dallas Fire-Rescue. A friend took her to the hospital.

Jeffrey said the ex-girlfriend has not been identified, as police are still trying to interview Yung for more information. Jeffrey said it is still unclear what started the fight and what object the woman used to stab Yung.

Rick Espaillat, media director for Caven Enterprises Inc., confirmed that Yung was working as a dancer at Station 4 when she was assaulted by an ex-girlfriend. Contract-labor dancers are regularly hired for the club, Espaillat said. He said staff responded immediately and police were called, but the ex-girlfriend fled and could not be located.

“We regret that there was an injury inside the club; we work hard to provide a safe environment for our guests,” he said. “This appears to be a relationship assault, not a random crime, and we appreciate the prompt response of the S4 staff and City of Dallas emergency services. We’re confident that this will be thoroughly investigated and resolved in the courts.”

—  Dallasvoice

2 arrested in Cedar Springs ATM kidnapping; DPD still seeks 2 suspects

Two people were arrested in Oklahoma this week whom Dallas police believe are connected to an ATM robbery and kidnapping on Cedar Springs on Sept. 3.

Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for DPD, told Instant Tea on Wednesday that the names of the arrested individuals have not been released and investigators are still trying to identify two other suspects. Sr. Cpl. Ashaki Hardeman said Friday that police are not currently releasing any other information.

A 43-year-old man was kidnapped while using an ATM in the 3900 Cedar Springs Road, according to a previous press release from Dallas police. The exact location of the ATM has not been released.

The man was bound with duct tape and driven to locations in Dallas and Irving where his captives forced him to give his PIN to withdraw cash before he was dumped in Irving.

Police released photos of two suspects last week. It is unclear if these are of the two people who were arrested in Oklahoma this week. They are described as a Hispanic woman wearing a light-colored shirt and a Hispanic man wearing a dark blue shirt with light-colored shorts. He is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. The type of vehicle is unknown.

Anyone with information about this case can contact Detective Scoggins of the Crimes Against Persons Robbery Unit at 214-671-3658 or 214-671-3584. Photos of the suspects are below.

—  Dallasvoice

DPD seeks help in identifying suspects in Cedar Springs ATM kidnapping

 

Dallas police are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects who kidnapped and robbed a 43-year-old man at gunpoint on Monday.

The man was kidnapped while using an ATM in the 3900 Cedar Springs Road, according to a press release from Dallas police. He was bound with duct tape and driven to locations in Dallas and Irving and forced to give his PIN to his captives before he was dumped in Irving.

The two suspects are described as a Hispanic woman wearing a light-colored shirt and a Hispanic man wearing a dark blue shirt with light-colored shorts. He is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. The type of vehicle is unknown.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects can contact Detective Scoggins of the Crimes Against Persons Robbery Unit at 214-671-3658 or 214-671-3584.

—  Dallasvoice

Dallas police seek info about robbery at Wells Fargo on Oak Lawn

Dallas police are searching for information about a robbery at the Wells Fargo bank on Oak Lawn Avenue on Thursday morning.

A black man walked into the Wells Fargo at 3927 Oak Lawn Ave. at 9:16 a.m. Thursday, according to a Dallas incident report.

Dallas police spokesman Sr. Cpl. Ashaki Hardeman sent out an email explaining that the man, who has not been identified, “walked inside the bank and showed one of the managers his cell phone which had a ransom note on it. The suspect was able to leave with a large sum of cash.”

No one was injured. A description of the suspect has not been released, but the suspect left in a baby blue Cadillac, according to the incident report.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Dallas police at at 314-671-3001. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or through the department’s iWatch smartphone app.

—  Dallasvoice

Man arrested for intoxicated assault on Cedar Springs

Enrique Caballero

A man was arrested early Sunday for intoxicated assault after striking a pedestrian walking in the 4000 block of Cedar Springs Road.

Enrique Caballero, 39, was arrested around 1 a.m. after he allegedly struck a 44-year-old man walking on the crosswalk, causing serious bodily injury, according to a Dallas police incident report. The man was taken to Parkland Hospital in serious condition, Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez said.

Parkland spokeswoman Veneta Lusk said the man was in good condition Monday afternoon but is still in the hospital.

Shortly after the incident around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, a 23-year-old man attempted to run over a police officer. Another police officer responded after hearing gun shots at Zini’s Pizzeria at 3001 Cedar Springs Road, according to the incident report.

The officer was working as a security officer in full uniform for the restaurant when the man hit a vehicle and accelerated toward the officer when he tried to speak to the man about the vehicle that was hit, according to the report.

The officer couldn’t get out of the way, so jumped on top of a vehicle and rolled off of it. The man then drove toward him.

He was “in fear of his life and fired his weapon and shot the front passenger side tire.” The man then drove westbound on Throckmorton Street.

The man’s vehicle has red paint on the passenger, front and rear doors from hitting a vehicle in the parking lot.

The man’s vehicle is described as a black, four-door Chrysler 300 with chrome rims.

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Dallas police at 314-671-3001. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or through the department’s iWatch smartphone app.

—  Dallasvoice

Police seek suspects in robberies of 2 Cedar Springs club-goers this weekend

Two club-goers were robbed near Dallas’ gay entertainment district over the weekend.

The first robbery occurred at midnight on Saturday when a 30-year-old woman was punched in the back and in the right hand in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road.

The woman was leaving Sue Ellen’s and was walking down the sidewalk when the attack happened, according to the address listed in the Dallas police incident report. She was “alone in a partially lit area,” the report states.

The suspect took her purse and fled in a white SUV. He is described as a black male in his late 20s and about 6 feet tall.

The woman waited until she reached a friend’s house before calling 911. She was not injured.

The second robbery occurred in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street around 11:20 p.m. Sunday.

A 36-year-old woman was walking to Station 4 with a friend when a Hispanic male in his 20s pointed a gun at them and took their property, Dallas police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey told Instant Tea. The man got away with $600 in cash, according to the report. He is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

Anyone with information about these robberies should contact Dallas police at 314-671-3001. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or through the department’s iWatch smartphone app.

—  Dallasvoice

Man robbed on Cedar Springs on July 4

A 25-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint on the Cedar Springs strip early Wednesday morning, according to Dallas police.

The man was walking near his residence in the 3800 block of Cedar Springs around 3 a.m. when the suspect pulled up with a handgun and forced him into a vehicle, according to a police report.

After stealing the man’s wallet, which contained $300 in cash, the suspect dropped off the victim about 15 miles away at the RaceTrac gas station at Trinity Mills and Addison roads, the report states.

Police responded there after the man used his cell phone to call 911. He was not harmed, and police took him back home.

The suspect’s vehicle was a 2011 red or maroon Toyota four-door. A suspect description is not included in the report.

 

 

—  Dallasvoice

DPD seeks help identifying robbery suspects who held up woman leaving bar near Cedar Springs

Suspect 1

Dallas police are asking for help identifying four people who beat up and robbed a 24-year-old woman walking home from a nearby bar on June 17.

The woman was walking home after leaving a bar around 5:15 a.m. when two men “jumped her from behind striking her in the face and throwing her to the ground,” according to the incident report.

Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey told Instant Tea she didn’t know which

Suspect 2

bar the woman was leaving but that it was located near Cedar Springs Road and Reagan Street. The woman was treated for an injury to her thumb after the men took off with her purse.

Police captured surveillance footage of four people in a gray Nissan Altima at a Jack in the Box on Illinois Avenue and later using her credit card at a nearby 7-11.

The four suspects are described as:

Suspect 1 – B/M/25 white tank top, “bump” haircut, goatee, tattoos on right shoulder.

Suspect 2 – L/M/20s white shirt, sunglasses on forehead.

Suspect 3 – B/M/25 wearing dark colored shirt with white diamond pattern and black do-rag.

Suspect 4 – Black Female wearing green striped shirt.

More photos and videos are below.

—  Dallasvoice