Dallas police have arrested a man who they say targeted several women in Deep Ellum last weekend.
An anonymous tip led officers to Jerly Patrick Graves Bailey, Jr., 36, on Thursday. His arrest on multiple charges, including aggravated sexual assault.
Investigators previously released surveillance video of the attacker walking through Deep Ellum with his first victim early Saturday about 2 a.m. After being assaulted, the woman said she jumped from his moving car near Mockingbird and Central Expressway.
An hour later, a second victim was attacked while leaving Deep Ellum. That woman was on the phone with her boyfriend at the time and he rushed to her and fought with the attacker, who escaped.
Bar owners like John Munoz have been on high alert this week looking for the sexual assault suspect, now identified as Bailey. Munoz says many businesses have taken extra steps for safety even before the recent incidents.
“We have a rule where no one's allowed to walk to their car by themselves. And if you do take that chance, you'll get terminated from your job,” explained the Deep Ellum business owner. “That's how serious the business owners take it around here.”
In addition to aggravated sexual assault, Bailey faces charges for forgery and possession of a controlled substance. He's been in jail numerous times and was released four years ago.
And though Bailey's arrest is putting some at ease. Residents and bar-goers are not letting their guard down. Business owners say they expect this to be a busy weekend for them. They're glad Bailey is behind bars. But because of the expected crowds, they still plan to keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior.