Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
Dallas police are investigating a new round of driveway burglaries in Oak Cliff along Jefferson Boulevard, three times this week women report they've been robbed by a man with a butcher knife.
Dallas police are investigating three new driveway robberies of women in Oak Cliff this week after 20 were reported in the north and northeast Dallas areas earlier this year.
The three new cases occurred on side streets near Jefferson Boulevard on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening.
From her apartment building on the 400 block of North Rosemont Avenue, resident Ceslie Muniz heard the most recent victim screaming Tuesday night.
Muniz said the victim and her children were getting out of a car in a driveway parking space below Muniz’ open second floor window.
Muniz said she ran down to help the victim just as the robber ran away.
“She had her jacket zipped up because it was cold and he unzipped her jacket and he started searching through all her pockets,” Muniz said.
The victim reported loosing $100 in the robbery.
All three victims said they were robbed by a man wearing a ski-mask who stood about 6 feet tall and was armed with a butcher knife. Two victims said the man wore a long, black trenchcoat. Two said they saw him leave in a white or gray car. One said he wore a white shirt and tie with the trenchcoat.
The first Oak Cliff driveway robbery happened Sunday evening in the 500 block of Marshalldell Avenue. A grandmother said she was getting out of her car with her two grandchildren when the robber grabbed her purse.
Monday evening another robbery was reported in the 100 block of Windomere Avenue. That victim said she had just left her car when the robber grabbed her purse.
In an email, Lt. Stephen Geron, with the Dallas Police Department, said the new cases may be related to the earlier cases in the north and northeast Dallas areas.
“We can’t say that for certain, but detectives are actively following up on them,” the email said.
The Feb. 7 posting said arrests had been made in just two of the 20 robberies at that time.