DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police have now made two arrests in connection with Sunday’s beating attack on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) train.
The two men now in custody are brothers. Just after midnight on Friday, police arrested Remon Hendrix in the 2400 block of Lemmon Avenue. Among other things, the 23-year-old is charged with misdemeanor assault for the attack on Kennan Jones.
Remon’s 21-year-old brother, Jakobi Hendrix, was arrested Thursday night on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
In a jailhouse interview with L.P. Phillips of 1080 KRLD, Jakobi Hendrix said he was on his way to work when he noticed his younger brother (not Remon) was involved in an altercation on the next train over.
“My brother (Remon) sees commotion on the other train and I finally look over there … and I see my little brother over there. I see him in an altercation with an older gentleman … I see him with scratches on his neck and so the first thing (that went) to my head was to go protect my brother.”
Police haven’t released the name of the third Hendrix brother at this time.
Police are still searching for five more people believed to have been involved in the beating of Jones, a rider on the Green Line who had asked a group of people to stop smoking pot on the train. Five males and two females ganged up on, hit, kicked and spit on Jones after he complained.
Hendrix tells KRLD that he now realizes what really happened in the situation and would have done things differently had he known what was going on.
“After I found out the situation, I was mad because my brother was in the wrong. And now since you’re in the wrong (his brother) … I’m in the wrong for trying to help you out. If I knew the situation, I would have separated the whole fight from the beginning. I was just the wrong person at the wrong time,” Hendrix said.
Hendrix also expressed his remorse for the incident and apologized to Jones.
“I want to apologize to the guy and his family for being in the situation and not evaluating the situation fast enough … to where I could have separated (everyone) and stopped this from happening.”
A two-and-a-half minute cell phone video of the beating shows Jones being assaulted by the gang and even following him off the train and continuing their attack as he tried to get away. Toward the end of the attack Jones was even hit in the head with a skateboard — first by one of the men, then again by one of the women.
According to Hendrix, those other people are his younger brother and his younger brother’s friends.
Since the attack DART police have increased their presence on trains and at train stations train stations.
Before the arrest of the Hendrix brothers police had received a tip that the men were Whataburger employees.
Jakobi Hendrix is being held in the Dallas County jail on a $25,000 bond. Remon Hendrix is being held on a $5,000 bond.