Dallas police offer $20K reward after second elderly man beaten

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 18 at 12:56 PM

DALLAS –- Police are investigating whether the attack on an elderly man early Friday morning might be related to the violent assault of another senior citizen less than two weeks ago.

Officers are even scanning social media to see if the attackers are bragging about it online.

Friday’s incident happened outside the Denny’s restaurant in the 4400 block of N. Central Expressway near Fitzhugh Ave about 2:00 a.m.

A 74-year-old man was walking inside when three men attacked him in the parking lot, said Dallas Police Maj. Jeff Cotner. The three attackers never said anything, and nothing was taken during the assault. Fortunately, the victim’s injuries were minor.

But less than two weeks ago, Luis Rocha was violently attacked outside Campisi’s restaurant on Mockingbird Lane near N. Central Expressway. That scene is a couple miles away from the one on Friday morning.

Rocha, senior citizen, required hospitalization for his injuries. He said three men attacked him, possibly with a weapon, and never said anything or took any of his property during the assault.

“The Dallas Police Department doesn’t have a lot of leads. We need the public’s assistance," Maj. Cotner added. "We’ve had these individuals victimized. Someone is out there committing these crimes. They’re doing it with malice and forethought and we need their help."

Police don’t have a motive, but they have increased patrols in the area. If the attackers are caught, they will face felony charges.

Neither of the elderly men attacked could provide a description of their attackers age, race, weight, or height.

Both victims said they were surprised from behind and nothing was said.

Crimestoppers is offering a $20,000 reward for information that will solve the cases. Contact Crimestoppers at 877-373-8477.

E-mail: jwhitely@wfaa.com

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