A bartender suffered a fractured skull late Thursday when he was brutally assaulted while walking to his friend’s house in Dallas’ gayborhood — at least the 12th violent attack that has occurred in the area in the last three months.
Geoffrey Hubbard (above and right), who works at the Cedar Springs Tap House in the heart of Oak Lawn, wrote on Facebook that he was taking “a casual stroll” when he was “smacked in the head by some guy attempting to mug me” shortly after 11 p.m. After getting off work an hour earlier, Hubbard had stopped for a drink before proceeding toward his friend’s house.
“I could see the calculated robbery start to initiate,” Hubbard wrote. “Luckily I was able to crawl under a car with my squirrelly self and prevent them from taking anything.”
After Hubbard crawled out from under the vehicle, he waved down a passing motorist, who turned out to be an off-duty police officer. Hubbard was taken to the emergency room, and later transferred to the intensive care unit.
“A little bit of air got in my skull,” Harrison told WFAA-TV from the ICU, adding that he likely will be in the hospital for a few days.
In response to the recent wave of anti-gay attacks, Dallas police say they’ve increased patrols in the area, and several businesses have added lighting and cameras.
Police have made no arrests, and only one of the incidents is being treated as an anti-gay hate crime. In many of the cases, victims were employees of gay bars leaving work late at night.
One of the victims has launched a support group for survivors, and City Councilman Adam Medrano announced this week officials are diverting $500,000 from street funding toward improved lighting in the area.
“A lot of the bad guys come in here because they think everyone is a soft target; that’s not the case,” police spokesman Maj. Jimmy Vaughn said at a crime watch meeting Wednesday. “We are here. We are in and out of the area. We’re doing everything we can to catch these bad guys.”
Rafael McDonnell, a spokesman for Dallas’ LGBT community center, had a message for the perpetrators in the wake of Hubbard’s attack.
“You’re going to get caught,” McDonnell told KXAS-TV. “You will slip up. And you will do the punishment. And we’re going to hold you to it.”
Watch reports from WFAA and KXAS below.