Request Juveniles To Be Tried As Adults for Sexual Assault Crime in Deep Ellum
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Our Request: We respectfully ask that the Judge involved in the case of the two juveniles that sexually assaulted a young woman in Deep Ellum on September 18, 2016, to please heed the Dallas District Attorney’s petition for discretionary transfer. If the judge in the case agrees to the petition, it will mean the two juveniles will be charged as adults and their names can then be released to the public which will allow the concerned residents, business owners, and supporters of Deep Ellum to better follow the case and call for the strongest prosecution possible.
Background: On September 18, 2016 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a young woman was walking alone eastbound in the 3300 block of Elm Street in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. As she approached the driveway between Continental Gin Building (3309 Elm) and Continental Lofts (3311 Elm), two juvenile assailants attacked her. The woman screamed for help but reports from law enforcement stated that a gun was used to threaten her. The victim was forced to go across Elm Street to a deserted area along Trunk Street where some benches are placed for a nearby construction site. The woman was sexually assaulted by both juveniles, beaten, and robbed per news accounts. The Dallas Police Department worked quickly and apprehended both juveniles within a few weeks of the crime; the juveniles were positively identified through DNA testing.
Current Situation: As of November 15, 2016, the DA’s office informed Deep Ellum Neighbors that the petition for discretionary transfer is scheduled to go before the judge currently assigned to the case in “mid-December”. Due to the assailants being juvenile's, the DA's office is currently very limited as to what information can be released to the public.
Conclusion: As one Deep Ellum business owner stated: “If he's old enough to get a boner and hold a gun to the victim's head, then he's old enough to pay the price." Many people in Deep Ellum share sentiments similar to this due to the brutality of this crime and have asked how they can get involved with this case to ensure these assailants do not get away with a slap on the wrist.
Therefore, we are requesting that the petition for discretionary transfer be approved by the presiding judge so that the two juvenile assailants can be tried as adults in a court of law.
Deep Ellum Neighbors Board of Directors
Deep Ellum Neighbors is a neighborhood association that represents Residents and Business Owners in the community. www.DeepEllumNeighbors.com
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