Victim says robbery suspect asked directions to JR.’s, but police call report ‘very shaky’

Earlier we reported that undercover officers working the area of Douglas and Congress in Oak Lawn ended up capturing a murder suspect last week. Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, told us plainclothes officers have been assigned to the area regularly in response to “issues with robberies.” And, according to police reports, another aggravated robbery took place two nights later and two blocks away — at Congress and Throckmorton. However, a police spokesman on Tuesday questioned the validity of the report, saying the victim waited 19 hours to file it and only did so because he needed it for his lost phone.

The victim, a 20-year-old Latin male, told police that he and a friend were walking from their parked vehicle toward the nightclubs on Cedar Springs in the 2800 block of Throckmorton at about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. That’s when the two suspects approached and asked for directions to JR.’s. The suspects said they were visiting from New Orleans and hinted that they were performers of some type, according to a police report.

As they crossed Congress on Throckmorton, one of the suspects pushed the victim into a secluded area off the sidewalk, pointed a handgun at him and stated: “You know what this is. Give me everything in your pockets.” The victim handed over his cell phone and wallet, and the suspect reached into his back pocket and removed some cash. The victim told police he believed the other suspect was robbing his friend at the same time.

Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said Tuesday afternoon there have been no arrests in the case. Asked whether the victim’s friend ever contacted police, Janse said: “No, his whole story was very shaky. He waited 19 hours to call us only after his cell phone company said he needed a report for his lost phone. The witness was never heard from.”

—  John Wright

Gay woman’s disappearance remains a mystery


Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, told me late Thursday afternoon that investigators had nothing new to report in the case of Lisa Stone, the 51-year-old lesbian who’s been missing for more than a month.

“Still following up on leads and talking to friends and family,” Janse said in an e-mail.

Asked whether Stone’s partner, Sherry Henry, is considered a suspect in her disappearance, Janse said, “Not at this point.”

Stone’s friends held another vigil outside her home on Sunday, July 11. And the Facebook page they’ve set up to help find Stone now has almost 1,300 members. Stone’s longtime friend, Tina Wiley, posted this message on the page this morning:

The page also says that anyone with information can e-mail lookingforlisastone@yahoo.com.

—  John Wright

Victim not cooperating with Dallas police in alleged sexual assault that began at gay bar

Last week I wrote about an alleged sexual assault involving a man who reported to police that he was sexually assaulted by two men after they placed a drug in his drink at Station 4. I followed up with Dallas police yesterday to find out whether any additional information was available. Here’s what Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse told me:

“Detectives have tried three times to get ahold of victim. They have been unsuccessful and he is not returning calls. So there is nothing new to report.”

As is standard in sexual assault cases, police are not releasing the alleged victim’s name, so we have no way of trying to contact him. Regardless of whether this person’s account is true, it raises an interesting question: How common is “date rape” in the gay community?

—  John Wright

Tin Room owner says rumors that bar was raided last night are false

Marty Hershner, owner of the Tin Room, says rumors that the gay bar on Hudnall Street in Oak Lawn was raided last night are false.

Someone sent a text message to a member of the Dallas Voice editorial staff this morning saying the bar had been raided. Hershner said someone also posted the rumor on their Facebook page, and he got a call from his brother early this morning inquiring about the alleged incident.

“No such thing happened,” Hershner told me. “When you do well, you have lots of haters, and I guess that’s what it is. We were packed last night, and had a great night. It was St. Patrick’s Day.

“That is completely not true,” he added. “They’re just trying to stir up shit. It makes me angry. There were police down the street, but that was dealing with a homeless person, two cops and a homeless guy. That wasn’t even on my property.”

We also put a call in to Dallas police this morning. Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse said he would check with the vice unit, but we haven’t heard back from him yet.

In related news, Hershner said his new bar on Cedar Springs, the Drama Room, is set to open next week at the site of the old Mickey’s. A VIP night is set for Wednesday, followed by a grand opening on Thursday.

“It’s coming along well,” Hershner said. “I added a dance floor and I just changed all the décor. It was kind of nice before, it was just beat up. I made it much nicer. I’ll put a nice patio out back, and there’s going to be entertainers.”

—  John Wright