Friends of Rape Victim Shocked by Brutal Assault

Victim remains hospitalized, recovering from injuries

By Kendra Lyn and Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Apr 26, 2012  |  Updated 1:43 PM CDT
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While Dallas Police say they have a suspect in custody in a brutal stabbing and sexual assault, friends and acquaintances of the victim worry about safety.

Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News

While Dallas Police say they have a suspect in custody in a brutal stabbing and sexual assault, friends and acquaintances of the victim worry about safety.

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Friends of a girl brutally beaten, stabbed and raped Wednesday near a school bus stop are shocked such a vicious attack happened to someone they know.

The victim, whose name has been withheld to protect her anonymity, told a friend of hers that she tried to fight but was unable to fend off her attacker.

"She was like, 'I tried to kick him,'" said Loen Lam, student and friend of the victim. "I don't know why we didn't see it or anything like that. Look at that, it's so close and there are people waiting here."

The victim was able to provide police with a description of her attacker, which led to the arrest of 59-year-old Tommy Robinson.  Robinson was found in a creek and is believed to be homeless.

Due to her condition, the victim has not yet been able to take part in a photo lineup -- so photos of Robinson are also being withheld until a positive identification is made.

Students who frequent the DART/school bus stop near Maple Avenue and King echoed a similar sentiment Thursday, that there are too many homeless people in the area due to a nearby shelter and park.

In response to Wednesday's attack, Dallas police have stepped up patrols in the area.

Some parents, scared of another attack, are now driving their children to the bus stop.

Robinson is being held in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on a $500,000 bond.

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