Police are dealing with a bold new robbery tactic -- unsuspecting victims are being tricked and robbed at gunpoint in driveways, just moments after stepping out of their cars.
There have been nearly two dozen of these armed robberies since early last month, and police suspect there are multiple groups of robbers.
A woman FOX 4 spoke with Friday was a recent victim of one of the attacks, but she does not want her identity revealed.
The woman says it seemed like the man who attacked her at gunpoint Sunday night had done that sort of thing many times before, like the way he got her attention.
"Started hollering at me, ‘Ma'am! Ma'am! Watch out! Look out! My dog! Watch out!'" said the woman. "You know, so I thought somebody's neighbor, their dog."
She was visiting a friend on Axton Lane, near White Rock Lake.
She hadn't gotten to the front door yet when he approached.
Almost immediately, he attacked.
"We're struggling in front of my car and he has grabbed ahold of my strap," she said. "My purse is a shoulder bag. He starts grabbing it and I'm struggling with it."
She says her attacker wore a mask, a hat and a gun, but the way he spoke surprised her.
"…And he's calmly saying, very calmly, he's not belligerent, he's not yelling at me," she said. "He's just calmly saying, ‘Just give me your purse. Just give me your purse.'"
Such types of driveway robberies, as they're being called, have been going on in Dallas since the first of the year.
"Of course when I saw the gun pointing at my head, I sort of jerked back and then he snatched my purse and takes off," said the victim.
Police are looking into at least 20 similar robberies. Two arrests have been made so far.
The suspect descriptions vary in all the cases, but in this case, it's not what some might think.
"This guy's very approachable," said the victim. "He's very mild mannered. Speaks just like a regular person, like a neighbor."
The man got her purse, and within minutes had used her gas card.
Less than an hour later, another attempt was made to use the card, suggesting he might have given it to someone else to use.
"His words indicated he didn't want to hurt me," said the victim. "His actions didn't match those words."
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