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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A man lost one eye in a brutal attack in Dallas.

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The victim, Lindi Dyess, 66, had just wrapped up his Thanksgiving shopping Tuesday evening and was parking his van outside his far North Dallas apartment when it happened.

A strange man knocked on his window leading to a gruesome assault. Dyess was pulled from his van by the attacker who threw him on the ground and gouged out one of his eyes.

“It was all blood… it was horrible,” said Judy Wilson who witnessed the aftermath. She’s Dyess’ neighbor.

Dyess was able to pull out his pocket knife and stab his attacker who was eventually subdued by onlookers.

“He used to be a bounty hunter and I think that’s what helped protect himself last night,” said witness Suzie Summers about the victim.

Dyess is disabled and currently works as a locksmith, according to Summers.

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“I’m just sick over it. When people are coming and going he’ll talk to you… he’s just a super nice guy,” she said. “It makes me sad when I think about the eye and I try not to think about it because nobody deserves that.”

Police arrested a 31-year-old suspect who was also hospitalized with serious injuries. They did not release his name at the time of this report.

Residents of Cimarron Creek apartments want to know how he gained entry into the gated complex. “We’ve been here almost 3 years never had any
issues or anything like that,” said tenant Cooper Reed.

Friends of Dyess pray he recovers and have joined together to leave their porch lights on until he is able to return home. He along with witnesses and police said the suspect was mumbling incoherently about religion.

His address is at another apartment complex less than a mile away.

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