Update November 20, 2015:
With a series of violent crimes occurring in the Oak Lawn area, the Dallas Police Department has stepped up its efforts to prevent any more individuals from being victimized. In addition to increased community collaboration with citizens, crime watch groups and businesses, the department has created a special task force that will further increase police presence in the area.
The task force includes investigators from assaults and robbery units, along with detectives from intelligence, patrol officers and undercover officers who will all be assigned to the Oak Lawn area. Investigators assigned to the task force will respond to the scene of any offense to begin an immediate follow-up investigation.
The task force includes additional officers — both uniformed and undercover — assigned to patrol the Oak Lawn area.
In addition, CrimeStoppers has agreed to double its reward from $5,000 to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of anyone involved in these crimes.
Only walk in well-lit areas and not alone. Be aware of your surroundings and call 911 if you see any suspicious individuals. If you have had too much to drink call a cab instead of walking.
Updated November 2, 2015:
Council member Adam Medrano, District 2, announced today that he is partnering with the Resource Center and Crime Stoppers to develop information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the Cedar Springs/Oak Lawn area attacks. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for the arrest and indictment of the individuals responsible for these offenses.
Original Post October 26, 2015:
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.