DALLAS - Dallas police are investigating yet another violent attack in the Oak Lawn area.
The assault happened about 11 p.m. Thursday near Rawlins and Knight streets and landed the victim in the hospital with a skull fracture.
Geoffrey Hubbard said he was walking from a his job at the Cedar Springs Tap House to a friend’s house when he noticed a suspicious man. The man tried to rob him and hit him over the head with something hard.
Because of his small frame, Hubbard was able to crawl under an SUV and get away from his attacker. But he was still left with a gash on his head.
He flagged down an officer for help after the suspect ran away. He posted a picture of his bloody and bandaged from the hospital.
"I remember a black man walking past me," Hubbard told FOX4 via phone from the hospital on Friday. "Sneak attack."
Police said the suspect in this case was a black male who was wearing a dark t-shirt and jeans.
The attack is the 12th this year despite increased security and patrols.
Dallas police said Friday they're working with neighborhood groups and businesses. Police said they've also formed a task force of robbery and assault investigators that involves more uniformed and undercover officers in the area.
Michael Phelps, who lives in the neighborhood where the attack happened, says he and others with concealed carry permits are working out a plan to start their own citizens’ patrol.
“There's also a good collection of people here who have been in the military like myself,” said Phelps. “We know what we can and can't do. We're not talking about doing anything outside the law, but we are going to do everything we can within the law to make sure, like I said before, this ends now.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings addressed the crimes Friday night, going to Oak Lawn with Councilmember Adam Medrano, who is one if the councilmen representing the area.
They insist the city is taking these crimes seriously.
“We've got a great nightlife in our city and we want to make sure that nightlife continues, because it's part of our tourism, it's part of our convention,” said Mayor Rawlings. “It's really part of the fun of Dallas."
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