A 72-Year-Old Was Beaten and Robbed By Five Kids in South Dallas After He Gave Them Change, Police Say

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The 2900 block of Jeffries Street in South Dallas.
Robert Hamilton, 72, was walking down the 2900 block of Jeffries Street in South Dallas at 4 p.m. on Thursday when he was approached by a group of five boys.

'Hey old man," they called to him, according to a police report. "You got some money?"

Hamilton did have money, and he agreed to give them some. He grabbed whatever loose change he had in his pocket and handed it to three of the kids. "Here you go," he said. "Split it up between you."

But that wasn't the payoff the kids, one 13 years old, the rest identified by police only as "juveniles," had in mind. One of them punched Hamilton in the face while another reached into his left pocket and dug out a folded-up wad of cash, $1,052 in all. Then, they ran.

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Hamilton ran after the kids, catching up with the 13-year-old as the teen grabbed a lead pipe and swung it at Hamilton's left arm. The septuagenarian was able to trap the pipe beneath his left arm and wrest it from the teen.

Hamilton called to a nearby DART police officer that he'd been robbed as the kid fled. The cop caught up with him and held him until DPD arrived. They placed the teen under arrest and took him to the juvenile detention center.

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thugsdeserveit
thugsdeserveit

Why was he carrying a Grand in his pocket. More than likely that was all he had to his name. At that age there is no trust in banks, and no trust in the relatives living in his home.This would have ended better had he pulled out his handgun and shot each kid in the balls. That way they could not reproduce.

kduble
kduble

Compassion is a scarce commodity. It must be rationed. I'm not sure I can spare it for someone who would carry $1,052 in a high-crime neighborhood, or any neighborhood for that matter.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Did he get his money back?

That's one of those little details we might be interested in.

But why would anybody walk the streets of Southern Dallas with a grand in your pocket?

observist
observist topcommenter

It's just too bad he didn't have a gun... he missed a great chance to legally kill a bunch of 13-year olds for only $1052.  I mean, it cost that other guy like $100k just to kill an old rhinoceros - four teenagers for only $1052 is a steal.

shawn4848
shawn4848

May ALL of those thugs and yes, I'M SAYING I WOULD BET EVERYTHING I HAVE, THEY WERE ALL BLACK GUYS, may ALL of them be caught, and ALL beaten within an inch of their pathetic lives....Bout time we beat the thug out of these animals....

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

I have a feeling what ever enterprise the oldster was transporting the cash  for will find and deal with the rest of those entrepreneurial ruffians  ...

castingthestone
castingthestone

Good job, shit head.  You were bested by a 72 year old.  

pak152
pak152

what ethnicity? oh yeah must have been some khaki-wearing polo-shirted white boys from the PC

ruddski
ruddski

"But why would anybody walk the streets of Southern Dallas with a grand in your pocket?"

Very good point, any cop could confiscate that money, legally, and it would only take a couple years and a few grand to get it back.

ruddski
ruddski

Don't forget to estimate the likely cost to society in the decades to come, including social services, incarceration, future crimes against society, etc. - not to mention the emotional cost to the gun-toting geezer.

It's a rough, tough life no matter which side of the cartridge you're on - even a young gangstah knows that score.

RichGans
RichGans

@oakclifftownie  hey moron, it was the 13th of the month...they probably saw him cash a check or something

wcvemail
wcvemail

@oakclifftownie 
Unfortunately, this may have been a case where the old-timer couldn't trust his own residence to stay burglar-proof, and isn't part of the mainstream economy with, you know, banks and such, so that cash may have been the safest place the old-timer could imagine.

OTOH, if you're right, street justice will work quicker than karma.

dballer49
dballer49

Like white boys don't rob people?

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Celebrate the countless, infinite, innumerable, obvious vibrant benefits of Divershitty™

wcvemail
wcvemail

@RichGans @oakclifftownie You're quick with the "moron", especially for a "probably or something" guess. Too bad you're not as quick with the turn signals when you drive.

ruddski
ruddski

Prob couldn't get photo ID, couldn't use banks.

ruddski
ruddski

"Like white boys don't rob people?"

Not in South Dallas, at least not more than once.

ruddski
ruddski

I think one can guess the race of perp and victim in S Dallas.

pak152
pak152

@TheCredibleHulk @pak152the correct phrase is "what does it matter?"
but to answer you question wouldn't you want to know if it was
a gang of "khaki-wearing polo-shirted white boys from the PC" so you could be aware?

ruddski
ruddski

"Life lessons from mean streets of Sarasota?"

Feel free to visit Sarasota north of Fruitville road, hotshot.

ruddski
ruddski

I bet the greatest day in Myrna's sheltered life was when she had her male cat de- maled.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Ruddski took his tacky drag act on tour for a couple of decades.

ruddski
ruddski

From Harlem, to Dixie Highway, to Shephards Bush, to East LA to South PR, to the meanest bars in the Swest, mi amigo.

ruddski
ruddski

Logic, statistics. White boys robbers don't do well in S Central either.

ruddski
ruddski

@tpfkap

Among the Hmong, Tamils are considered real tigers.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski  

So. What I hear you saying is: Any criminality that is perceived by larger society to be associated with "bikers" is merely a product of the subjective bias of the observer and rather than associate certain crime with "bikers" we should more correctly say that some "bikers" are criminals.

So in other words, we essentially agree on the larger point being made by me that the race of the assailants is meaningless in the context of this reportage. The man was attacked by "criminals", the term hardly needs a modifier. 

Subnx
Subnx

Or weirdo who hung around with punk stoners.

markzero
markzero

@Daniel @pak152 @TheCredibleHulk  When I was in high school, on the other hand, the biker dude equivalents (punk stoners) were much safer to be around than the polo-wearers. But that's comparing white to white. In that context, khaki-wearing black guys in polos would have been safer than the white guys in polos. Black kids dressed like that in school were consciously thinking about their futures and aspiring to college, while the white kids were more likely to be YoungLife jerks (their shirts were sometimes labeled with that organization) who liked to make fun of kids who were fat or nonathletic or perceived to be poor or gay.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @pak152I'm pretty sure, though still a guess, that if the vic was a 72yo black man and the perpetrators were all young white men, ethnicity would be made the central issue of this story.

ruddski
ruddski

"I'm pretty comfortable with bikers, sooooooo . . . ."

To take a page from bmarvel's style book, "bikers" covers multitudes of societal strata, from pocket-rocket urban thugs, to bankers, to Jay Leno, to meth kingpins...and on and on.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@pak152 @Daniel @TheCredibleHulk  

That's the reason you posted that question? Because you are concerned that the DO readership will get a skewed view of the statistical racial makeup of Dallas area criminals?

Please, forgive me if I don't buy into that.

pak152
pak152

@Daniel @TheCredibleHulk@pak152
"If you always find young black males scarier than you find young white males, you are a racist. " but if the crimes being perpetrated are done predominantly by a certain ethnic group then how can one be bigoted?

not reporting the ethnicity or race of criminal leaves out key information as someone else noted earlier not reporting that information leads the reader to assume that a particular ethnic group is involved which is worse.
i seem to recall reading stories in the past about roving gangs targeting passengers at DART train stops. The ethnicity was not reported although it would have been helpful

the problem is when a particular ethnic group commits the majority of violent crimes

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Daniel @TheCredibleHulk @pak152  

Ummmm . . . What?


I'm comfortable with bikers because I hang out with bikers - I am less comfortable with people that regularly wear khakis & polos because I actively avoid that crowd, regardless of race.

(Incidentally, I'm guessing both crowds contain the same amount of assholes by percentage.)

Daniel
Daniel

@TheCredibleHulk @pak152  So am I (comfortable with most bikers). 

My point is, let's not be so naive as to posit that race (+age/gender) is never shorthand for potential criminality (even Jesse Jackson acknowledges as much), but there are many other factors, as well. If you always find young black males scarier than you find young white males, you are a racist. 

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

stick your head back in the sand and keep on ignoring reality

pak152
pak152

@TheCredibleHulk

so go with the Daniel's scenario then "what if you saw a group of jailbird-looking biker dudes (white) on one side and khaki-wearing polo shirted black men on the other?"

otherwise you may have to relinquish your top commenter designation

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@pak152 @TheCredibleHulk  

I'll answer your question with a question of my own.

When was the last time you saw a group of khaki-wearing, polo-shirted, white youths in that south Dallas neighborhood?

And in case you weren't sure, I really don't wonder why you posed that question.

Daniel
Daniel

@pak152 @TheCredibleHulk  Even Jesse Jackson has publicly acknowledged that point. But what if you saw a group of jailbird-looking biker dudes (white) on one side and khaki-wearing polo shirted black men on the other?

pak152
pak152

@TheCredibleHulk @pak152the victim's ethnicity has no role unless a certain group is being targeted. as to why we should know the perps ethnicity well that is known as situational awareness. if people are being robbed by a certain ethnic group in a given area wouldn't you like to know about that? or is that a matter of moral equivalency ie i need to be afraid of all groups?


look at it this way you're walking in an area where there have been several robberies by a group of youths. Now on one side of the street you see a group of "khaki-wearing polo-shirted white boys from the PC" on your side of the street you see a group of youths from a different ethnic group. which group causes you more concern? be honest

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@pak152 @TheCredibleHulk  

I'm curious why the ethnicity of the perpetrators matters to you - the correct question is: "Why does it matter?" Your retort isn't clever, either.

Does the ethnicity of the victim come into play as well?

ruddski
ruddski

In crime reports, If race is not cited, it's a black. If it's political stupidity or crime and party is not cited, it's a democrat.

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