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Surveillance Captures Violent Attack; Police Seek Help In IDing Suspects

Surveillance Captures Violent Attack; Police Seek Help In IDing Suspects

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Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

April 15, 2011

DALLAS – In the video, Adriana Ibarra is dragged kicking and screaming, but fighting all the way, across a parking lot. She clings to her gym bag and purse with a ferocity worthy of prime-time TV.

“I do feel very fortunate that he didn’t cut me or stab me,” said Ibarra, who was held at knifepoint during the violent March 29 robbery in a Northwest Dallas parking lot. “I’m definitely frightened, and I’m furious.”

Ibarra, who suffered road rash but was not seriously injured, said she knows she’s fortunate to be alive. Police released video of the struggle Thursday, asking that anyone with information about the robbery or suspects contact them at 214-670-6179. They describe the robbers as “cowards.”

“The suspects walk right by the camera several times and someone’s going to know their mannerisms,” said Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, a police spokesman. “You can tell by the video that these aren’t expert criminals by the way they fumble and bumble.”

It was about 9:30 p.m., and Ibarra, 25, had finished her day job as a nanny and was arriving at her second job at a bar in the 1800 block of Royal Lane. She is planning to go to school for a master’s degree at the University of North Texas.

The surveillance video shows the suspects pull up in a maroon Nissan Ultima or Maxima. They exit the vehicle and walk out of view. The female robber returns to the vehicle to retrieve a tire jack.

The video shows Ibarra park her hatchback. She’s on her cellphone as she retrieves items from her back seat. The male robber approaches from behind and puts a three-inch knife to her side.

“He was like, ‘Hang up the phone, give me all of your stuff,’” Ibarra said. “I turned around and I say, ‘Are you kidding me?’ He says, ‘No, I’m not.’ He pushes me into the car and he gets on top of me.”

Ibarra and the robber struggle as she tries to hold onto her stuff.

“I don’t want him to take anything,” she said. “He starts saying stuff like, ‘Do you want to get raped? I don’t want to slap you.’”

The video shows the female robber, carrying a tire jack, approach and lean into the back seat where Ibarra and her accomplice are struggling.

“The girl says, ‘Cut the (expletive), kill her,’” Ibarra said. “He threatens me with the knife. I’m screaming, and I kick him and the knife falls on the floor.”

The female accomplice goes behind the car and opens the hatch of Ibarra’s vehicle and snatches Ibarra’s laptop before fleeing to the getaway vehicle. A third, unseen, person is behind the wheel of the car.

Meanwhile, the knife-wielding robber grabs her purse and the Nike bag she has on her shoulder and pulls her out of the vehicle. He violently drags her across the parking lot as the getaway car pulls up. He finally rips her purse and gym bag from her shoulder. The robbers leave the tire jack and the folding knife.

As the robbers flee in the car, Ibarra asks for her car keys. The video shows someone fling her keys to the ground from inside the car.

The man is about 5-foot, 6-inches tall in his late teens or early 20s. He is Hispanic. The woman is about 5-foot, 3-inches tall and stocky.

“Hopefully, you are never victimized, but if you are, we say give your property,” said Janse. “Nothing is worth your life.”

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