Police investigating robbery in Oak Lawn

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The latest attack in Oak Lawn happened about 1:45 a.m. today, in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street, between Hall and Rawlins streets

Another person has been attacked in Oak Lawn, according to Dallas Police Department. As in other assaults, the victim was again attacked from behind.

Police said the victim “had left an establishment and was returning to his car” in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street — which is the block between Hall and Rawlins streets — at about 1:45 a.m. today (Monday, June 20) when two suspects approached him from behind and knocked him to the ground. The victim told police that the two men immediately began patting down his pockets, and that they didn’t say anything.

When the victim told the attackers that he didn’t have anything for them to steal, they “fled northbound on Rawlins Street.”

Police said the victim was unable to give a description of the suspects because they attacked him from behind.

Anyone with information is asked to call the DPD Robbery Unit at 214-671-3584

Robbery on Throckmorton Street

On June 20, 2016, at approximately 1:45 a.m., the victim was leaving an establishment and returning to his car  in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street.  As the victim walked past an alley,  two unknown suspects  approached him from behind  and knocked him to the ground. The suspects struck the victim and immediately began to pat down his pockets.  The suspects did not say anything to the victim during the offense. The victim told the suspects that he did not have anything. The suspects fled northbound on Rawlins Street. The victim was not able to make out a race, gender or any description of the suspects due to being assaulted from behind. This is an ongoing investigation. This offense is documented on case number 148758-2016.

If anyone has any information about this offense they are asked to contact the Dallas Police Robbery Unit (214) 671-3584.

—  Tammye Nash

Robbery suspect killed outside Whataburger on Lemmon Ave.

WhatburgerPolice were called to a shooting in the parking lot of Whataburger at 5500 Lemmon Ave. at about 1 a.m. this morning (Thursday, March 17).

At least one suspect tried to rob an armed security guard. The guard shot and killed the man. Police found a handgun on the suspect.

A second person may have been involved. Police have the second person in custody and are questioning him at Dallas Police headquarters.

The Whataburger is on the corner of Lemmon Avenue and Versailles Street about a block south of Inwood Road in Oak Lawn.

—  David Taffet

Police seek leads in theft from porch

ThiefPolice are asking the public for help in identifying the man who stole a package from the front porch of a home in the 3200 block of Knight Street, across from the Kroger store and less than a block from Cedar Springs Road, just before 10 a.m. on Jan. 16.

Video from a surveillance camera on the porch of the residence shows a man wearing a gray or light-gray colored hoodie, walk onto the porch, pick up the package, stuff it under the hoodie and then walk back down the sidewalk and out of the yard. He paused long enough to latch the gate in the fence around the yard as he left.

Watch the video above. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Strodtman at 214-670-6047 or Crimestoppers at 214-373-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

—  Tammye Nash

UPDATE: Tap House employee attacked

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Geoffrey Hubbard

Another person has been injured in an attack in the gayborhood, according to posts on Facebook overnight.

Geoffrey Hubbard, a server at Cedar Springs Tap House, is in Baylor Hospital in Dallas after being beaten during an attempted robbery at the intersection of Knight and Rawlins streets.

“Just a casual stroll a few blocks over to a friend’s house and I get smacked in the head by some guy attempting to mug me,” Hubbard said on Facebook, posting a photo of himself with a bloody face and bandages wrapped around his head.

Hubbard said he was able to crawl under a nearby car to prevent his assailants from taking his money.

This attack mimics one that occurred on Nov. 1. Tito Gonzalez was walking home from his job at Quesa when he noticed a man following him. He tried to cross the street, but someone approached from that side. The two men trapped him and brutally attacked.

In this attack, one man approached from in front of him while another attacked him on the head from behind.

This is at least the 12th reported attack on a gay man in Oak Lawn since Sept. 20. At least three other attacks have taken place that Dallas Voice has heard of that may not have been reported to police.

—  Tammye Nash

Five robberies in four days reported on Katy Trail

Screen shot 2015-11-02 at 1.38.31 PMFive separate robberies along the Katy Trail were reported to police between Thursday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 1, according to a blog by Dallas police officials. In each one, two suspects robbed their victims at gunpoint.

These incidents are in addition to at least two more incidents — one robbery and one assault — that happened over the weekend in the Oak Lawn. Those two come on the heels of at least nine other robberies and/or assaults in Oak Lawn since the start of September.

The first of the Katy Trail robberies happened about 9:40 p.m. Thursday on the trail near 2740 N. Houston St. The location is near the intersection of North Houston and Victory Avenue West.

The next robberies occurred on Katy Trail Saturday morning, Oct. 31, about 30 minutes apart — at 6:50 and 7:30 a.m. — in the area of 3200 Maple Avenue, which is at Reverchon Park. The final two happened Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1 — at 1:40 and 1:45 p.m. — on the trail near 3100 Routh Street

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, at about 9:40 p.m., two suspects robbed an individual at gunpoint on the Katy Trail in the area of 2740 North Houston Street.

On Saturday, October 31, 2015, at about 6:50 a.m., and again at 7:20 a.m., two suspects robbed individuals at gunpoint on the Katy Trail in the area of 3200 Maple Street near Reverchon Park.

On Sunday, November 1, 2015, at about 1:40 p.m., and 1:45 p.m., two suspects robbed individuals at gunpoint on the Katy Trail near the 3100 Routh Street, about two blocks away of the robberies on Maple the previous day.

The suspects in all five robberies were described as black males in their 20s ranging in height from 5 feet, 7 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 140 and 200 pounds. In each case the suspects have been armed with a silver revolver or some other handgun and have been wearing gray, black or blue hoodies with jeans.

Also in each case, the suspects stood on the trail, blocking their victims’ paths, and demanding their property. Stolen items have included cell phones, wallets and money.

Police said no one has been injured so far.

The Katy Trail robberries have occurred in Dallas Police Department’s Central Patrol Division, and officials there said they have increased patrols on the trail in the wake of the incidents. Police are also asking that anyone with information on theses suspects call Det. Loeb of the Dallas Police Robbery Unit at 215-671-3584. Information can also be called in anonymously to Crimestoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).

Police urged those using Katy Trail to “always be aware of your surroundings, take note of the trail markers along the trail so that if you have an emergency you can advise 9-1-1 of where you are so that we can direct resources to you as quickly as possible. If you see something or someone you find suspicious, please call 9-1-1 or report it through the iWatch Dallas app.”

The attacks/robberies in the Oak Lawn area fall under the watch of DPD’s Northwest Patrol Division. Five of them are being attributed to a group of two to four Hispanic men, two of them by a single black male and two other by a group of three black men.

—  Tammye Nash

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.

—  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

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