The victim of a beating and car jacking in the parking garage of her downtown Dallas apartment building says the teen arrested in the attack is a liar.
17-year-old Ira Booker, who goes by “Too Tall” on the streets, claims he didn’t beat the woman in the parking garage of the Davis Building. Booker spoke to FOX4 in an exclusive jailhouse interview on Monday as he now faces a felony robbery charge.
Booker was out stealing that day, he said, because he recently found out his girlfriend is pregnant.
Booker said he and his friend were out checking cars on the night of Jan. 21 in the garage, looking for unlocked doors and stealing what they could. He said they happened upon Sarah Hoff, who was sitting in her Jeep on the phone.
Booker said it was his friend who pretended to have a gun -- using a phone instead -- to hold up Hoff, demand her money and keys and beat her.
But booker claimed he just looked on from five feet away, never getting involved, until his friend gave him the nod to get in Hoff's car so they could take off.
“He walked up and he pulled open the door open and he pulled out a phone like he was going to rob her and when he did that the lady she started yelling,” Booker said.
Sarah Hoff watched the jailhouse interview...she said it's a flat out lie.
"You can't lie you have to tell the truth, you hit me you were not 500 feet away you got into the passenger side and he's the one who said give me your phone," Hoff said.
Booker was arrested on Saturday afternoon at the west end dart rail station. Police said someone approached an officer saying Booker was a suspect in the beating. Booker said he's not sure who pointed him out, but said word was circulating that he was involved in the beating, so he wasn't surprised to be arrested.
Hoff said she's relieved by the arrest but saddened by Booker’s young age.
Police still have not arrested the other suspect involved in the attack.