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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – According to community leaders, there have been five attacks in the Oak Lawn area in the past three weeks. However, in each of the recent cases the victims have not reported the crimes to police.
“By not reporting it, it’s as if it never happened,” said Rafael McDonnell with LGBT Resource Center. “It’s making it harder on the people who live here, who work here, who play here. It’s making it harder for police to catch these people.”
Two of the victims were employees at Alexandre’s on Cedar Springs Road. Following the assaults, the bar’s owner, Lee Daugherty, helped organized a community effort for more vigilance and worked with Dallas police to increase patrols, both police and volunteer, in the area.
For the first couple months of this year violent crime in the Oak Lawn area appeared to have gone down.
“It seemed to be doing really good,” said Daugherty. “But the hardest thing with any program is fighting complacency.”
Daugherty and other community leaders are urging victims to report the attacks to police.
There have been no arrests made in connection to any of the 15 reported attacks in the Oak Lawn area in the past six months.
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