Ongoing: robbery and officer involved shooting at 4807 Maple

Screen shot 2014-10-02 at 2.19.34 PMA robbery at 4807 Maple yesterday lead to a struggle between two officers and an armed suspect who was ultimately taken into custody, according to the Dallas Police Department’s DPD Beat blog.

The suspect was discovered in a wooded area near the property. After the suspect refused orders to surrender, the officers went deeper onto the property in an attempt to make an arrest. One of the officers fired at the suspect but did not hit him after the suspect appeared to reach for a weapon.

Officers were able to subdue the man and take him into custody by using a taser and physical contact. No officers were injured. A handgun has been recovered.

—  James Russell

CRIME BLOTTER: 3 robberies reported in Oak Lawn over the weekend

Three robberies occurred in Oak Lawn over the weekend.

Despite violent crime drastically declining in 2012 in Oak Lawn, three people reported being robbed over the weekend.

• A 38-year-old man was walking in the 3100 block of Knight Street around 12:40 a.m. Sunday when three black men approached him with a handgun and robbed him, according to a Dallas police incident report.

The men stole his cell phone, wallet and $100. There is no listed description of the men.

• A 41-year-old man was robbed around 2 a.m. Saturday while walking in 3600 block of Douglas Avenue. A man reportedly began beating him until he fell to the ground. The man continued to hit him in the face before reaching into his pocket, finding $20 and fleeing.

• A 23-year-old woman was pushed to the ground and kicked while walking in the 3600 block of North Fitzhugh Avenue around 4 a.m. Sunday. Her cell phone and jewelry was stolen. She suffered minor injuries, according to the incident report.

Other incidents reported over the weekend included:

• A 55-year-old man reported being chased by a man with a knife to his second-story apartment in the 2600 block of Throckmorton Street Friday around 6 p.m.

The man chasing him didn’t say anything to him, according to the incident report, but the man was afraid because his pursuer had “a crazy look on his face.” The man reportedly stole wind chimes from outside the man’s apartment.

• A 37-year-old woman had her cell phone stolen while she was outside of her apartment in the 2800 block of Knight Street Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The suspect allegedly used force to steal her property but did not rob her, the report states.

—  Anna Waugh

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.

—  Anna Waugh

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.

—  Anna Waugh

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.

—  Anna Waugh

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.

 

 

—  Anna Waugh

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

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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

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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.

—  Anna Waugh

Suspects sought in 2 robberies in Uptown

Two recent robberies of individuals in Uptown may be related, according to Dallas police. These holdups are in addition to an attempted holdup at Uptown Station that we reported earlier in the week.

• On Tuesday, June 19, at approximately 9 p.m., a woman was walking alone in the 3200 block of Hall Street when she was confronted by a man who asked her for directions. During the exchange, two additional men walked up behind her and placed a knife to her back. The suspects made her remove the contents from inside her purse and took her wallet and two rings before fleeing.

—  David Taffet

Police arrest suspect in Oak Lawn robberies

Dominique Trevun Thornton

Dallas police arrested one man and are still looking for another believed to have robbed eight people in Oak Lawn early Sunday.

Phuc Nguyen, 20, was arrested Sunday after his vehicle was linked to the description of the vehicle involved in the robberies, Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey said.

The other suspect, described as a light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20s with a thin build, has not been arrested.

Police responded to the first robbery at about 1:45 a.m. in the 3300 block of Crestview Drive. Six people were held up by two men with handguns as they were walking inside the apartment complex from the parking lot, according to the police report.

The two suspects approached them and held them at gunpoint before fleeing with their wallets and cellphones.

An hour later, a woman called police to report that two suspects with similar descriptions had stolen her purse in the 5100 block of Vandelia Street. Around the same time, two more people were robbed in the 3100 block of Hudnall Street. Two suspects demanded they give them all their property, according to the report.

No one was injured in the robberies.

Dallas police also arrested a suspect in connection to the robberies along Katy Trail last weekend. Dominique Trevun Thornton, 22, was arrested Saturday after he was stopped for speeding in Grand Prairie.

Thornton is one of two men police believe robbed a man and a woman near the Katy Trail in the early hours of May 13 and a man running on the trail around 6 a.m. Police have since increased patrols along the trail.

The second man police are searching for is described as a black male in his 20s.  He is 5’8” – 6’2” tall and weighs 150-160 pounds. The men were reportedly seen in a gray four-door sedan, which police think could be a Chrysler or Chevy Impala.

—  Anna Waugh

Appeals court rejects ‘homophobic panic’ claim

Lawyers for Robert Van Hook, convicted of murdering gay man in 1985, told court psychological reports could have supported his claims of mental disease

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Robert Van-Hook

LISA CORNWELL  |  Associated Press
editor@dallasvoice.com

CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Oct. 4 upheld an Ohio man’s death penalty for killing a man he met in a gay bar in 1985, rejecting claims that prosecutors violated his rights by not providing psychological reports showing he may have been motivated by “homophobic panic.”

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court’s ruling upholding the death penalty for Robert Van Hook, 51. The panel also rejected claims of ineffective counsel.

Van Hook’s attorney, Keith Yeazel, said Tuesday that he will either appeal to the full 6th Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court after he has a chance to review the ruling.

The Supreme Court in November 2009 reversed an earlier decision by the 6th Circuit panel that had found ineffective trial counsel, and the panel said Tuesday that it was bound by the high court’s decision.

Van Hook’s latest appeal argued that the psychological reports showing he may have been motivated by “homophobic panic,” or rejection of his homosexual urges, rather than robbery, could have been used to support his claim of mental disease. The reports also would have been used to counter the murder element of “specific intent to cause the death of another person” and the aggravated robbery factor contributing to the death penalty, the appeal stated.

Van Hook claimed temporary insanity, but never denied strangling and then stabbing David Self to death at his Cincinnati apartment.

Prosecutors said he lured Self to the apartment with the intention of robbing him. He then mutilated Self’s body with a kitchen knife, hiding the murder weapon in the corpse before fleeing to Florida, where he was arrested and confessed.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 7, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas