Community Awareness Bulletin: Sexual Assault Suspect Downtown

 

Update July 29, 2016 at 3:35 p.m.:

Ronald Glen Thomas

Ronald Glen Thomas

Charges:

Sex Offender Duty to Register

Sexual Assault

Probation Violation Duty to Register

 

Dallas Police Detectives were unsuccessful in tying yesterday’s Sex Assault arrest to any other offenses at this time.

Update July 28, 2016 at 4:45 p.m.:

On July 3, 2016, at about 2:00 p.m., a female victim was sitting at a bus stop downtown when the suspect approached her.  The suspect told the victim to walk with him.  At this time the suspect led her to a stairwell near the 600 block of Houston Street Viaduct.  The suspect suddenly grabbed the victim and sexually assaulted her.  The suspect had a tattoo on his face and tattoos covering both arms and was described as a black male.  The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, green pants, and green tennis shoes.  

A suspect matching this description was found a short time later and brought in to be questioned by detectives. The victim was shown a photo lineup and she could not positively identify the suspect. DNA evidence was collected from the suspect.  The suspect was then released by detectives.

Late in the evening of July 25, 2016 just before midnight, another female victim, who had met the suspect a few days prior at the West End DART Station, saw the suspect and recognized him. The suspect and victim began to talk.

The victim and suspect walked through a parking lot between two buildings in downtown.  As they walked, the suspect grabbed the victim, pulled her into an unlit area and sexually assaulted her. In the morning, the victim fled towards a DART station and called police. DART Police responded and Dallas Police Sex Assault Detectives responded. 

The victim gave a description of a Black male in his 30’s, 5’5”, and added that he had tattoos on his face and she believed she knew his first name.

Given the close proximity in distance and the similar descriptions given, detectives immediately began working to determine whether or not these assaults were committed by the same suspect. 

This morning, detectives from the Dallas Police Sexual Assault team began working with  the Dallas Police Sex offender program detectives and a photo lineup was put together and shown to the victim from the July 25th  sex assault.  The second victim picked out the suspect in a six photo lineup and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This afternoon members from Dallas Police Southwest Patrol Division, the Sex Offender Apprehension Team and Sex Assault Detectives arrested the suspect.  He will be charged with Sexual Assault F2, on a $150,000 bond, Failure to Comply with Registration Requirement for Sex Offender Registration Program F2, and a Probation Violation for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender F3.     

At this time we will not be releasing the name or the photo of the suspect because detectives need to speak to another victim.   We are asking the press to not release the suspect’s name and picture until we can meet with this victim. 

Original Post:

On July 26, 2016, at about 12:30 a.m., the female victim was riding a DART train when the suspect, who she knew as “Rodney,” sat next to her.  The victim had become acquainted with the suspect a few days earlier at the DART West End Station.  As they exited the train, the suspect suggested they walk together to get something to eat.  As they were walking in the 700 block of Ross Avenue, the suspect suddenly grabbed the victim and sexually assaulted her.  The suspect is described as a black male, 30-35 years old, approximately 5’5” tall, and weighing 160 pounds.  The suspect has tattoos on his face, tattoos covering both arms, and pierced ears.  He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and light blue athletic shoes. This offense is documented on case number 179287-2016.

On July 3, 2016, at about 2:00 p.m., a female victim was sitting at a bus stop downtown drinking a beer when the suspect approached her.  The suspect told the victim she would be arrested if the police saw her drinking a beer.  The suspect told the victim to walk with him.  The suspect led her to a stairwell near the 600 block of Houston Street Viaduct.  The suspect suddenly grabbed the victim and sexually assaulted her.  The suspect is described as a black male, 35 years old, approximately 5’7” tall, and weighing 160 pounds.  The suspect had a tattoo on his face and tattoos covering both arms.  The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, green pants, and green tennis shoes.  This offense is documented on case number 161257-2016.

Given the close proximity in distance and the similar suspect descriptions, detectives are working to determine whether or not these assaults were committed by the same suspect. Anyone with any information related to these offenses is asked to contact Detective Alan Holmes at 214-671-3637.