Two more Oak Lawn attacks reported

There have been two more recent attacks in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, bringing the total there to 11 in recent weeks.

That’s despite an increased police presence.    

The victims in the two newest, separate robberies say that the robbers threatened to kill them and used anti-gay slurs during the hold-ups.

Sean Gonzalez says he was walking home alone from Cedar Springs in Oak Lawn when a man stepped out of an alley and a second with a gun came up behind him.

“The next thing I know the other guys is taking things out of my pockets,” said Gonzalez. “My eyes are closed.  I have no clue what's going to happen next...the guy takes everything out of my pockets. I get knocked on the ground and they just start kicking me.”

He says the men took cash and his phone before kicking him and running away. 

It was around 1 a.m. Monday morning.

About an hour later, two miles away, another robber targeted Michael Redman while he was leaving a bar on Hudnall Street to get into his parked car.

“When I turned back around, he was right up against my face, literally just right there,” said Redman. “He held me up against my door and kept demanding my car keys.”

The man threatened to kill him, took the cash out of Redman’s wallet and his car keys and called Redman gay slurs.

Redman's two friends were several paces behind Redman and walked up on the robbery. 

None of the victims saw a gun before the man got into Redman's 2006 Mercury Montego with another woman slipping into the front seat. 

“I don't know where she came from,” said Redman. “I didn't even see her. I didn't have time to see her and she's already in my car in the passenger seat with the door open, telling us, ‘Don't make it obvious, don't make it obvious.’”

Before these two recent robberies, Dallas police reported nine robbery or aggravated assault cases in and around the Oak Lawn community since September.  

Oak Lawn is home to many bars and restaurants catering to the LGBT community.

There have been efforts to raise awareness about the attacks and question whether these were crimes of opportunity or motivated by hate. 

Gonzalez says that an officer pulled up shortly after his attack and helped him get home, but he says he initially hesitated to contact police and file a report until Monday night.

FOX 4 is waiting to hear back from Dallas police about whether investigators are any closer to finding people responsible. 

Dallas police did, however, announce that there’s a reward for information in connection to recent attacks -- Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible.

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