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    Guardian Angels Walk Deep Ellum With Concerned Neighbors

    In an effort to cut a recent spike in violent crime, the Deep Ellum Neighborhood Association will walk the streets with the Dallas chapter of the Guardian Angels Saturday night. (Published Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016)

    In an effort to cut a recent spike in violent crime, the Deep Ellum Neighborhood Association will walk the streets with the Dallas chapter of the Guardian Angels Saturday night.

    About a dozen people have committed to the neighborhood patrol that begins at 11 p.m.

    The Guardian Angels help teach communities how to make citizen's arrests for violent crimes. The nonprofit group also patrols neighborhoods and provides education programs.

    "It's how to deal, how to identify and how to see the problems in the neighborhood," said Deep Ellum business owner Cathrine Jacobus. "With all of our own schedules, we need to figure out how to blanket this neighborhood 24/7."

    Jacobus owns and operates Stonedeck Pizza Pub, a restaurant which banks on the Saturday night crowd. She's leaving work early to help patrol the neighborhood.

    "There's increased traffic at night and that creates an opportunity for those would like to take advantage," said Jacobus. "The incidents we all know about happened around 3 a.m."

    Earlier this week, Dallas police released surveillance video of two men who investigators believe sexually assaulted a woman in Deep Ellum on Sept. 18.

    Police said the victim was approached by two men with a gun who grabbed and sexually assaulted her on the 3300 block of Elm Street.

    The Deep Ellum Neighborhood Association will reach out to residents and business owners after Saturday night's patrol to discuss long term solutions.