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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Ambushed and hit in the head while walking to a friend’s house. There was another attack in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Thursday night.
The victim is still being treated for his injuries in the intensive care unit at Baylor Medical Center at Dallas on Friday. He said that he was injured on his head and face when someone tried to rob him.
Geoffrey Hubbard is the 12th person to be attacked in the neighborhood since September 1. According to officials with the Resource Center of Dallas, the assault happened near Rawlings Street and Knight Street, as Hubbard was leaving work.
Hubbard spoke with CBS 11 News on Friday morning and shared pictures of his injuries. The 25-year-old man said that he was on his way to a friend’s house and only had a few blocks to go, when someone hit him in the head with an unknown weapon. He believes that the attack was an attempted mugging.
Hubbard added that the suspect went through his pockets after he fell to the ground, and appeared to be searching for his cell phone and wallet.
An off-duty police officer was driving through the area shortly afterward and spotted Hubbard hiding underneath a vehicle.
Hubbard’s injuries are severe — a temporal fracture and three stitches to the left side of his head.
The recent attacks include assaults and robberies, but Dallas police have classified one incident as a hate crime.
Hubbard said that there were two men who attacked him, one approaching him from the side, the other from the front. There have been no arrests made in this case. So far, Dallas police are only addressing this as a robbery offense. Anyone with more information about this case is urged to contact the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-3584.
City leaders, police and community members have met several times this week to address the concerns for safety in the Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs areas. Some advocates for the LGBT community said that they are worried that, if the attacks do not stop, they could get worse.
“I hope that it doesn’t lead to something really bad, like a homicide,” said Rafael McDonnell with the Dallas LGBT group Resource Center. “You know, in this particular case, the victim was so fortunate in that he had the presence of mind, in the middle of the attack, to roll under a car.”
A number of business owners in the area are now installing surveillance cameras and adding outdoor lighting.
Hubbard was very aware of the recent violene in Oak Lawn, but never thought that he would become a victim, especially along a street that is well lit and lined with nice apartments and townhomes. “That it couldn’t happen to me because I’m observant and aware of my surroundings,” Hubbard said. “This guy made eye contact, was just normal. I didn’t think he would just flip around and smack me in the face.”
Hubbard’s advice for others: do not walk alone at night.
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