On Friday, police in Plano as well as a number of volunteers began warning residents in the Northeast Texas community that Latino men are reportedly being targeted in violent attacks by black youths.
In each case, the victims have been brutally beaten and robbed by group of two or three young black men, according to police.
"They would catch an individual either in a parking lot or walking down the street alone, assault them, and take their money," said Plano Police spokesperson David Tilley.
Two of these attacks occurred last week alone.
CBS 11 reported:
In the last robbery, the violence escalated. A mentally challenged man—Isais Vasquez, whose story aired on CBS 11 News earlier this week, was beaten with a shovel or ax handle. It took 14-stitches to close his wound.
Today, a friend of Vasquez, who bumped into the officers, was happy police were alerting others.
Word is getting around. Ruben and Josefina Zimarron saw the story on TV. Detective Caballerot translated, "She says since she’s at home, she watches a lot of news, and she heard about it on the news, and they are concerned about it."
According to the latest Census data, Blacks make up 7.6 percent of Plano's population, while Latinos account for 14.7 percent.