Police Seek Suspect In Katy Trail Robberies

Man sought for series of incidents on popular running/walking site.

By Reginald Hardwick and Chris Van Horne
|  Saturday, May 19, 2012  |  Updated 11:20 PM CDT
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Dallas Police identify robbery suspect.  He has not been arrested.

Chris Van Horne, NBC 5 News

Dallas Police identify robbery suspect. He has not been arrested.

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Police identified a 22-year-old suspect connected to a series of robberies on the Katy Trail in Dallas.

The suspect's name is Dominique Trevun Thornton.  An arrest warranted has been issued for him. 

Thornton has faced five criminal charges in the last three years according to online documents. Those charges include evading arrest, criminal trespassing and interfering with a public servant.

Last weekend, three people were robbed on or near the popular Dallas walking/running site.  Police earlier told NBC 5 they believe the two armed men in the attacks could be behind 11 additional robberies in the Uptown area since May 4.

Dallas Police's news release only referred to Thornton as a suspect in last weekend's robberies.

"It's one of those things you want to make sure those guys get caught because it’s a really nice area around here and everyone jogs and feels safe," said Taylor Perrin, who was walking his dog Saturday. "And the last thing you want to worry about is someone jumping out."

Most of the joggers and walkers on the trail Saturday said they thought about the recent robberies before hitting the trail, but felt it was safe given the daylight.

"It really concerned me, but I felt like getting out it was so beautiful out here," said Joe Shields. "I left my wallet and phone at home, I'm not going to put myself at jeopardy. I took it seriously, but I know it's highly populated on the weekends, so it's safe."

Dallas police said the robberies have occurred at all hours of the day and night. The victims include both men and women. They have since beefed up patrols in the area. 

But, some residents say they would like to see more preemptive efforts by police, not just after a series of crimes occurs.

"I saw it (the increased police presence) temporarily, but then again (Saturday) I didn’t see any officers," said Shiv Agrawal.

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