So are police. “It started off not as violent,” said police spokesman Officer David Tilley. “And it seems like the level of violence is starting to rise, and that concerns us very much because where are they going to go from here?”
The warning hit home with Joe Lopez’s family. He says in the Hispanic culture people prefer to carry cash instead of putting it in banks, and that makes them targets.
“I carry cash also, so if I’m walking down the street I’m going to be worried. And plus, Hispanic people are scared to call the cops because of status…immigration status.”
Tilley says immigration status is not a factor. “We don’t care about that. If somebody’s a victim, they’re a victim. They have rights and it’s our job to go in there and investigate a crime.”
Lopez says it’s good that police are letting the community know of the danger. “Me, now that I know about this, I need to be more careful about what I’m doing,” he concluded.
Police urge anyone who knows or sees anything to contact them. There’s also a CrimeStoppers reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.
Plano police can be found on the web at www.planopolice.org.
North Texas Crime Stoppers are on the web at www.ntcc.crimestoppersweb.com or by phone at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477).
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