Catrina-Shead

Northwest Division Chief Catrina Shead at a meeting on community safety at Resource Center

Dallas Police are asking for help identifying criminals attacking gay men in the Oak Lawn area. The attacks are not all by the same person or group of persons.

Police are looking for one black male working alone and for a group of two to four Hispanic males who have been attacking men in the Cedar Springs area. Nine offenses have been reported to police. Dallas Voice has heard of at least two other incidents from victims or friends of victims who have refused to report the crimes to police.

Anyone with information should contact Dallas Police at 214-671-3584.

Look for James Russell’s story in this week’s Dallas Voice about one of the victims.

From Dallas Police blog:

Robberies and Assaults in the Oak Lawn Neighborhood of Dallas

During September and October, nine robbery and aggravated assault offenses occurred in or near the Oak Lawn community of Dallas. In every case, the victim was alone in a public place during the hours of darkness when he was attacked.

Five of these offenses were reportedly committed by a group of two to four Hispanic males who knocked their victims to the ground and punched and kicked them while stealing their property. In one offense, the suspects struck the victim with a baseball bat causing serious bodily injury. In another offense the victim was stabbed. A white Ford van was reportedly used during the commission of one of the offenses.

Two offenses were reportedly committed by a single Black male who pointed a gun at his victims and stole their property. He is described as being between 28 to 30 years old, 5’10” in height, and weighing 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.

Two offenses were reportedly committed by one to three Black males who knocked their victims to the ground and punched and kicked them while stealing their property. One suspect is described as being between 18 to 20 years old, 5’8” in height, and weighing 150 pounds. The other two suspects are both described as 6’0” in height, weighing 185 pounds. There is no suspect vehicle information.

If you have any information regarding the suspects involved in these offenses please contact the Dallas Police Department Robbery Unit at 214-671-3584.