Neighbors Wary After Sexual Assault in Uptown Dallas

Woman attacked near gated community across from Griggs Park

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    A woman was attacked near her gated townhome community across the street from Griggs Park in the 2100 block of Clark Street at about 1 a.m. Saturday. (Published Monday, Jul 1, 2013)

    Police are investigating the sexual assault of a woman who was attacked near her gated community in Uptown Dallas.

    The woman was attacked near her gated townhome community across the street from Griggs Park in the 2100 block of Clark Street at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

    Uptown thrives on young professionals who relish being able to walk all hours of the day and night to many of the shops, restaurants and bars in the area. Its populace is on high alert after the attack.

    JoAnna Peters, who lives along Clark Street, said she is more cautious, especially at night.

    "I went out last night and ... you do keep a little bit more aware of what's going on around you a bit," she said.

    Dallas police said the victim in Saturday's attack was able to awaken several neighbors by screaming and banging on their doors.

    A woman who did not want to be identified said her daughter helped.

    "I think my daughter handled it wonderfully," she said. "She was able to help, but now I think it's setting in. I think it makes her nervous. I think she's a little nervous about it."

    Residents said an abandoned home next the gated area where the attack occurred concerns them, saying it is a perfect place for an ambush. The home's windows are boarded up but the house remains insecure.

    The Dallas Police Department has not released a description of the attacker.

    The management company for the townhomes and apartments has issued a letter warning residents to take precautions.

    Peters said she would walk her dogs with friends at night and carry personal protection, something she wasn't thinking about a week ago.

    "I'm used to walking around here at night and not thinking about that anything like that at all," she said. "Knowing that just happened on our street is pretty scary. [I] definitely lost a little bit of confidence in the neighborhood."