Police Investigate Robberies in Uptown, Katy Trail Area

Police say robberies connected to 11 earlier attacks

Dallas police are beefing up patrols along the Katy Trail after three people in the area were robbed over the weekend.

Police said they believe the two armed men who robbed three people late Saturday night and early Sunday morning could be behind 11 additional robberies in the Uptown area since May 4.

Dallas police said the robberies have occurred at all hours of the day and night. The victims include both men and women. The robbers were armed with semiautomatic handguns and drove a gray or silver four-door sedan.

Police said they had connected the 11 earlier robberies but did not alert the public because the department did not want to compromise the ongoing investigation.

Seven of the 14 attacks occurred on or near the Katy Trail, including the three over the weekend. In those robberies, the men stole money and iPhones from victims on Travis, Routh and Buena Vista streets.

Police have added extra patrols and undercover officers along the Katy Trail.

Friends of Katy Trail, the nonprofit that maintains the trail, said users of the trail should feel safe.

"Only one of those incidents happened on Katy Trail," said Robin Baldock, executive director. "The other two were in the Uptown area, not on the Katy Trail."

Friends of Katy Trail said it employs a pair of additional patrols to secure the trail between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

"We're going to continue to do the things we always do," Baldock said. "We're concerned about safety of all trail users. Be aware of surroundings."

A local business in the area said it has security during weekend hours and will continue doing so.

Here is a timeline of the weekend robberies:

11:25 p.m. Sunday

A 25-year-old man told police he was robbed near the 3700 block of Travis Street. The man said he was walking when a car stopped in front of him. Two men got out of the car and punched him on the left side of his face. They stole his iPhone, cash, driver license and credit card.

1:40 a.m. Sunday

A 28-year-old woman reported being robbed near the 3100 block of Routh Street. The woman said the attacker took her Kate Spade purse and wallet. Both are valued at more than $230. The thief also stole her iPhone, credit cards and driver license.

6:30 a.m. Sunday

A 34-year-old man reported being robbed near the 4000 block of Buena Vista Street. The man said two men ran up to him, held a gun to his head and demanded his things. They took his iPhone, made him lay down on the ground and took off.

NBC 5's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.

Contact Us