A man is behind bars after trying to rob someone in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas and got shot in the process, according to police.
Officers were called to the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road at about 3:25 a.m. where a person said that someone tried to rob them. Police said the victim pulled a handgun and shot the would-be robber to protect himself.
There was originally confusion surrounding the location of the incident, with police first saying it happened at the intersection of Cedar Springs and Hawthorne Ave., but police have since corrected the information.
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The robbery suspect, injured from the shooting, fled to a nearby hospital.
That suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Emerson Andrades. He was treated at the hospital and booked into the Lew Sterrett Jail on an aggravated robbery charge.
“This is a community that knows how to defend itself. This is not the first time this community has been attacked. This is not the first time this community has seen violence against it," said Lee Daugherty.
Dougherty helped create create community organization Take Back Oak Lawn in 2015 in the midst of a similar string of attacks.
Back then, the group used volunteer patrols to help deter violence. Those patrols have started again in recent days.
While police have not said whether they believe Friday's night case is connected, there have been at least six other recent robberies and assaults over the last month in Oak Lawn. In at least some of those cases, police have said they believe victims were targeted based on their perceived sexual orientation.
“We know the community’s a strong community. We’ve been through this before. We know the path out of it. We’ve just got to be vigilant and business owners and police do what they can to prevent this from happening again and sliding back into what we saw several years ago," said Daugherty.
Police have said they believe the majority of the recent robberies have been committed by the same person.