DALLAS (CBS11) – After 25-year-old Geoffrey Hubbard became the 12th person since September 1 attacked in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood, the heart of the city’s LGBT community, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced police are stepping up their efforts to prevent additional assaults.READ MORE: 'I Just Think It's A Bad Dream': Parent Reacts After Pregnant Mother Of 4 Killed On Texas Highway
To show his concern, Mayor Rawlings will walk through Oak Lawn Friday evening to let people know he’s focused on the incidents and residents’ safety is a top priority.
Rawlings says, “Anytime, any one neighborhood has an intensity of crimes like this, you’ve got to take it very seriously.”
Late Thursday night, Hubbard says he suffered a skull fracture and needed three stitches after a man came from behind and hit him over the head and knocked him to the ground.
Hubbard says, “I don’t know what the heck it was. He hit me in the head, knocked me on the ground.”
He’s now out of the hospital.
Hubbard says he had just left the Cedar Springs Tap House, where’s he’s a server, and was walking by himself to a friend’s house around 11:00 p.m.
To escape his attacker, he crawled under an SUV. “I kind of weaseled my way through there and I yelled for help.”
Mayor Rawlings says, “My heart goes out to all of those who’ve been hurt. We’re going to make sure this goes away.”READ MORE: Denton Police Mourning Passing Of Detective Rodney Mooneyham To COVID
Rawlings and Councilman Adam Medrano announced the police department has created a special task force and is adding bike patrols and undercover officers to Oak Lawn.
Intelligence officers will also help track down the suspects.
The Mayor says, “Today, I spoke with Chief Brown, and told him we need to take it to the next level.”
Police have said one of the 12 attacks is considered a hate crime.
In Hubbard’s case, authorities say robbery was the motive, because the suspect tried stealing his wallet.
While the attacks have happened in Oak Lawn, Michael Tijerina, one of Hubbard’s co-workers, says he doesn’t believe the LGBT community is being targeted. “I don’t think they’re all driven by hate, but it’s disconcerting.”
Friday afternoon, Crime Stoppers and the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce announced they have tripled the reward being offered for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects from $5,000 to a total of $15,000.
One of Hubbard’s customers says he’s now trying to raise money to help pay for his medical expenses.
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