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Dallas police and seniors on alert after two recent attacks

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Dallas police and seniors are on alert after two recent attacks.  The latest attack happened early Friday, when 74-year-old Charles Pace was beaten outside a Denny's restaurant on North Central Expressway. 

On January fifth, 69-year-old Lou Rocha was attacked.  His injuries were so severe, he was in the ICU for several days.  Dallas police believe three men were responsible for the attack.

Crime prevention expert Catherine Smit-Torrez says seniors can sometimes be easy targets for criminals.  "They don't remember where they parked, their surroundings, they have no clue someone could be sitting, staring right at them," Torrez says. 

Torrez says criminals zone in on targets who look helpless or confused.  She advises seniors to always have a plan.  "Keys are in hand, ready to get into the car, you know where the car is before you go to the car, and as you're walking, you're walking and you notice there's a person sitting in the car and you just have eye contact with them," Torrez says.

Police believe the two cases are linked because the attacks happened only about a mile and a half apart.  Both victims say they were attacked by three males.  No arrested have been made.


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