Plano Police Warn Hispanic Men of Violent Attacks

Bud Gillett, CBS Dallas, February 22, 2013

Plano Police and volunteers hit the streets today to alert residents to a string of violent attacks that are targeting Hispanic men. There have been five since October…two of them as late as last week.


Detective Daniel Caballero and Sergeant Lindy Privett went to Plano markets and bazaars carrying a warning in Spanish….that Hispanic men walking alone have been targeted and violently robbed.

Police say there have been five attacks in recent months. A group of two or three young black men beat up the victims and took their money.

In the last robbery, the violence escalated. A mentally challenged man—Isais Vasquez, whose story aired on CBS 11 News earlier this week, was beaten with a shovel or ax handle. It took 14-stitches to close his wound.


{snip} “It started off not as violent,” said police spokesman Officer David Tilley. “And it seems like the level of violence is starting to rise, and that concerns us very much because where are they going to go from here?”

The warning hit home with Joe Lopez’s family. He says in the Hispanic culture people prefer to carry cash instead of putting it in banks, and that makes them targets.

“I carry cash also, so if I’m walking down the street I’m going to be worried. And plus, Hispanic people are scared to call the cops because of status…immigration status.”


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