Dallas police link 14 robberies to two suspects



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Posted on May 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 5:15 PM

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DALLAS — The Katy Trail and Uptown districts are popular spots in Dallas, so it is bad news when 14 people have been robbed at gunpoint in those areas.

The trend has city leaders worried.

"It's really unfortunate when things like this happen, especially in a fun and popular place," said Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano, who heads the Public Safety Committee.

Dallas police believe two robbers have committed all those crimes.

Mark Manley — who jogs on the Katy Trail — reacted to the news this way: "I'm not going to lie; I was a little concerned when I thought about it."

Dallas police said last Friday they knew there was a problem. At that time, police had linked 11 robberies.

Then, over the weekend, the suspects struck three more times.

"It's frightening, because I run a lot by myself out here," said Christine Shirer. "I think I'm safe during the day, but maybe I am not."

The robberies have occurred at all hours of the day and night. Among the victims was a man who jogged around 6:30 a.m. when he came face-to-face with the robbers.

"One of the men turned around and started running with me,” he told News 8. "I thought they were joking at first or something, and I looked over and he was pointing a gun sideways at my head."

Dallas police have added extra patrols and undercover officers, but investigators said people also need to be cautious and aware of their surroundings.

Many, like Scott Smitheman, are getting the message. "It's 2012; you got to kind of think about stuff like that nowadays," he said. "We're not in Mayberry."

Dallas police said they have some strong leads in the robbery spree, but still need the public's help to bring the suspects to justice.

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Dallas police issued this list of recent offenses believed linked to the robbery spree:

  • 5/4: 5200 Milam Street
  • 5/4: 5600 McCommas Boulevard
  • 5/5: 3200 Carlisle Place (near Katy Trail)
  • 5/5: 3200 Knox Street (near Katy Trail)
  • 5/6: 5700 McCommas Boulevard
  • 5/7: 5000 Capitol Avenue
  • 5/8: 4600 Sycamore Street
  • 5/8: 4500 McKinney Avenue (near Katy Trail)
  • 5/10: 3400 McKinney Avenue (near Katy Trail)
  • 5/10: 5100 Monarch Street
  • 5/10: 5100 Monarch Street
  • 5/12: 3700 Travis Street
  • 5/13: 3100 Routh Street (on Katy Trail)
  • 5/13: 4000 Buena Vista Street (on Katy Trail)

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