Lack of Leads Frustrate Police in Knox-Henderson Rape Case

Detective says victim had no chance to run, defend herself

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    The lead detective investigating a violent sexual assault in the Knox-Henderson area of Dallas says he has not received a single lead in the case.

    The 30-year-old woman was beaten and raped while walking to her car the night the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship.

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    The lead detective investigating a violent Knox-Henderson assault says the victim was beaten beyond recognition. (Published Wednesday, July 6, 2011)

    “In 30 years on the department, I have never seen anyone beaten that severely who survived,” said Detective B.J. Watkins, of the Dallas police sex crimes unit.

    He said the victim watched the game with friends at J. Black's on Henderson Avenue on June 12 and then left the bar alone to walk two blocks to her car.

    “The attack was a blitz attack. It was from behind,” Watkins said. “She had no chance to run, no chance to defend herself, no chance to scream, nothing.”

    Police say they believe the assault went on for more than two hours in some bushes near the intersection of Garrett and Capitol avenues.

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    Dallas police say a 30-year-old woman was sexually assaulted after leaving watching the Mavericks win the NBA championship at a bar in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood. (Published Friday, June 24, 2011)

    The victim, who was naked and in and out of consciousness, eventually crawled to a nearby house for help.

    “Her face was swelled easily double the size of normal," Watkins said.

    He said he saw a photograph of the victim before the attack and then saw in her in the hospital three days after the assault.

    “...I would not have recognized her," he said. "Her own parents didn't recognize her.”

    Watkins said he hasn't received a single tip in the case, despite a $50,000 reward.

    “If this is this guy’s first time, it certainly won't be his last," Watkins said. "The next time, I doubt that we'll see a live victim when he gets finished."

    Watkins said police have sent a lot of evidence for forensic testing, including the Mavericks T-shirt the victim was wearing that night.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS.

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