The Dallas man arrested for beating a transgender girl in broad daylight was reportedly supplied $200 to assault the sufferer, in line with a police affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning Information.
On April 14, Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, was arrested on a cost of aggravated assault inflicting critical bodily harm. Thomas was arrested two days after the sufferer, Muhlaysia Booker, advised police in regards to the assault.
Booker advised investigators she by accident backed into one other automobile whereas driving via the Royal Crest Residences complicated on Friday.
The motive force of the opposite automobile, who has not been recognized however is known as as a suspect in Thomas’ arrest warrant affidavit, advised police he ran Booker off the street to maintain her from fleeing.
Nevertheless, Booker alleged the driving force pointed a gun at her and demanded cash to pay for the injury. As a crowd started to assemble across the accident, somebody allegedly supplied Thomas $200 to beat Booker, the affidavit stated.
“This case is definitely disturbing,” Police Lt. Vincent Weddington advised reporters throughout a press convention Monday. “The video, I’m certain, shocks the conscience of anybody who appears to be like at this video. That is being taken very severely by our division.”
In a viral video from the assault, Thomas will be seen repeatedly punching and kick Booker. Finally, different folks take part on assault and kick Booker whereas she’s on the bottom.
Though nobody has been charged in reference to the case, police count on extra arrests to be made because the investigation continues.
Investigators are additionally working to find out if the assault meets the factors of a hate crime. Lt. Weddington stated they’ve contacted the FBI for help.
Throughout questioning with police, Booker, who suffered a concussion and a fractured wrist, stated the assailants yelled homophobic slurs through the assault.
Whereas Thomas has admitted to the assault, he denied “saying something derogatory,” the affidavit states.
Investigators at the moment are reviewing all audio and video recordings of the incident to find out if anybody made homophobic feedback and who supplied Thomas cash to assault Booker, Weddington stated.
Thomas stays held Tuesday on $75,00zero bond on a felony cost of aggravated assault inflicting critical bodily harm, jail information present.