Crime Alert Issued in Series of Front-Yard Robberies

Seven people targeted in last week in Oak Cliff, police say

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    Dallas police are issuing a crime alert after seven people say they were attacked in their own front yard. The latest victim is a 77-year-old church deacon.

    Police issued a crime alert on Wednesday after at least seven people were robbed in the past week in their own front yards in the same south central Oak Cliff neighborhood.

    Robert Jenkins, 77, was attacked Friday afternoon in front of his house by a young gunman who tackled him from behind.

    "I was on the ground,” Jenkins said. “He beat me from each side and he said, ‘Just give me your money.’"

    The other robberies have occurred in the same general neighborhood near Red Bird Lane and Laureland Road, police said.

    "We want people to be cautious of their surroundings,” said Dallas police Sgt. Warren Mitchell. “Some of these offenses have been happening in front yards or on their porch or near their driveway while they're getting in or out of their vehicles."

    The getaway car is described as an older brown or copper-colored Crown Victoria or Caprise with a damaged or discolored front bumper.

    Jenkins, a church deacon and retired meat cutter, said the bandit was wearing a hoodie and got away with help from a second man who had parked up the street.

    "I didn't really have time to think, except to save my life,” he said. “I just hope they get caught. They are going to hurt somebody.”