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Another Gay Man Attacked in Unabated Dallas Crime Spree

Another Gay Man Attacked in Unabated Dallas Crime Spree


A 14th victim was robbed and assaulted Tuesday, and police still have no solid suspects.

Even with the whole city of Dallas on alert, violent robberies targeting gay and bisexual men in the entertainment district of Oak Lawn have been unceasing since September; the latest victim was a 54-year-old man pushed, kicked, and called gay slurs.

Police are already calling the Tuesday attack -- which took place around 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Round-Up Saloon -- a hate crime. The victim said he was targeted by two tall white men that have not yet been identified by police.

Earlier this month, Dallas police arrested two African-American men for a robbery involving a woman in a nearby area; police thought the suspects were connected to the Oak Lawn assaults, but as the attacks there continued, their involvement became unclear. The 14 Oak Lawn victims, who've since launched a support group, have offered differing descriptions of suspects, including people of all races and even a woman. Police may be dealing with multiple groups of people committing the violent robberies in Oak Lawn.

Dallas officials, including police and Mayor Mike Rawlings, have committed $1 million to improve lighting in the bars and parking lots of Oak Lawn.

While many in Dallas's gay community are worried about the repercussions of getting a drink at night, violent crime is actually down 14 percent in Oak Lawn, reports Towleroad.

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