It wasn’t the only aggravated robbery that took place in Dallas yesterday, nor is it an especially rare form of crime in our city, but it was the incident that is today disturbing a number of D Magazine employees because of its proximity to the safe and comfortable environs of our office. And so I’ve been asked to broadcast information about it.
As part of the recently completed expansion and renovation of First Baptist Church of Dallas, a shiny new parking garage was erected on San Jacinto Street connected to the church’s complex of buildings along St. Paul. This was a benefit to some of us who work at the D Empire because it meant there was another nearby parking garage with monthly-contract spaces available. Quite a few of us signed up to park there. (Myself, I trek back and forth a few arduous blocks each day to the much-cheaper Hall Arts Center Garage by the Meyerson.)
Well, according to the police report of the incident, yesterday at a little after 5 p.m. at the First Baptist garage, a robber pulled a tire iron on a 23-year-old woman, assaulted her, and took her 2009 Volkswagen Jetta, purse, wallet, and laptop computer.
After hearing about this, and how some kid tried to rip Patrick Kennedy’s phone right out of his hand during the middle of the day last week and hid in that same garage, I’m going to be watching my back a little closer around here for a bit.