Police say Edward Dominic Thomas, a 29-year-old accused of attacking a transgender woman after a minor traffic accident last Friday, had received $ 200 to perform the horror attack on camera
A man accused of attacking a transgender woman after a minor traffic accident was offered $ 200 to carry out the horror attack recorded on camera, Texas police said.
Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, was arrested Sunday in connection with the brutal assault of 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker on Friday in Dallas.
Booker told investigators that she had accidentally supported another car in an apartment complex.
The driver of the other vehicle told the police that he ran Booker off the road to prevent her from fleeing the stage.
Booker said the unidentified driver, who was named suspect in the case but was not arrested, points a gun at her and demands money for damage to his car.
When a crowd gathered in the parking lot, someone offered Thomas $ 200 to attack Booker, according to a Dallas Morning News arrest.
Officials say the case is being investigated to determine if it meets the criteria of a hate crime and that the Dallas police department has contacted the FBI.
Thomas is detained in a district prison on charges of severe mistreatment that causes serious physical injury.
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Thomas was arrested on Sunday for the brutal abuse of the 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker (above). The victim claims she was attacked after accidentally hit another car
Video shows a man in a white shirt, presumably Thomas, viciously beating Booker, wearing a pink wig and a blue shirt, while a crowd watches and shouts homophobic slogans
Video of the violent attack on Facebook shows that a man in a white shirt beats Booker brutally, apparently in unconsciousness, while the crowd watches and homophobic shouts are shouted.
The camera turns into selfie mode at some point and the person who shoots seems to be laughing with a man in a white shirt and white pants.
The same person in white later appears to Booker and throws her on the floor. He then repeatedly hits her when two or three other individuals join in to kick her while she's on the ground.
The police say another suspect who has been identified but not arrested who has been repeatedly stamped on the victim's face.
The suspect is seeing Bookr on the floor as he repeatedly beats her
Police said a second suspect had been identified in the attack but has not yet been arrested
The camera turns into selfie mode at some point and the man recording seems to be laughing at the beatdown. He then poses with one of the attackers
At points in the video, Booker, wearing a pink wing and blue top, seems to be saying something to the gathering spectators, but her voice cannot be laid out in the available images.
Some voices can be heard screaming to stop the attack when Booker is knocked over the parking lot.
In the end, several women carried the slack body of the victim to safety and brought her to a hospital.
Relatives told WFAA station that Booker suffered facial fractures and injured her right arm in the attack.
The video of the incident posted by a Facebook user Taj Mahal was viewed more than 152,000 times from Tuesday morning.
The caption reads: & # 39; THIS IS A HATE CRIME! Muhlaysia Booker Don't worry Sis I have the video for Dallas Police Department This is a hate crime and everyone who cooperated will be prosecuted! & # 39;
Booker was repeatedly thrown over the parking lot during the horrible ordeal
Eventually a group of women could intervene and come between Booker and her attackers. They carried her limp body to a car and brought her to the hospital
Pierre Booker, the victim's father, called the person responsible for the attack a & # 39; coward & # 39; and told NBCDFW that in the past his daughter was confronted with hatred because she was a transgender woman.
& # 39; I'm just saying you know I love them. I love them for whoever they are. And I am not God, I am not the judge, I am not the jury, & Muhlaysia's grandmother added and said she hoped the police would consider the attack a hate crime.
& # 39; So all I pray is that these people find it in their hearts to accept people, just like God. & # 39;
The Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, posted a statement on Facebook saying he was watching the video and was angry about what & # 39; mob violence & # 39; seemed to be aimed at the woman.
& # 39; I am in contact with the chief and she assured me that the Dallas police are fully investigating, including the possibility that this was a hate crime & # 39 ;, Mayor Rawlings wrote.
& # 39; Those who have done this do not represent how Dallasites think about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior. & # 39;
In response to some witnesses who claimed that Booker was the attacker in the early stages of the confrontation, the 23-year-old went to Facebook on Sunday and wrote in a blistering status updatr: & # 39; there are no live videos & # 39; s from me who don't attack a cisgender woman !! !! & # 39;
She went on to say that she & # 39; was never raised to beat a woman & # 39 ;.
Relatives said that Booker (left and right) had facial fractures and injured her right arm during the attack. A GoFundMe page has been created to help Booker with her medical bills
A GoFundMe campaign launched to help Booker with its medical bills raised more than $ 1,500 on Tuesday morning.
Leslie McMurray, a transgender woman who coordinates education and advocacy at the Resource Center in Dallas, called the attack & # 39; terrifying & # 39 ;.
& # 39; You could just feel the energy and wickedness of this crowd escalate as the violence followed and there was no voice that said stop, & # 39; McMurray said to WFAA. & # 39; There is no reason that our lives are less valuable than anyone else or that we have to be someone's punching bag just because we are transgender. & # 39;
Last November, the FBI reported that 7,175 hate crimes were committed in the United States in 2017, the most recent year for which the agency had collected data.
Of these, 1,130 were based on prejudices about sexual orientation and 119 on preference for gender identity. The data showed a 5 percent increase in hate crimes motivated by a preference for sexual orientation and a 4 percent decrease in hate crimes motivated by a preference for gender identity. Of crimes motivated by gender identity bias, 106 targeted transgender people, an increase of 1 percent from 2016.