Arrest Made In This Morning's Sexual Assault and Stabbing Of a 17-Year-Old Near Love Field

Update, 5:20 p.m.: Police have identified the suspect as Tommy Robinson. He's been booked into Lew Sterrett on charges of aggravated sexual assault. Police are asking the media not to release his booking photo to the public until after the victim has been shown a photo lineup. They told reporters in a media update this afternoon that the victim was found behind a dumpster, where she had been stabbed and left for dead. Robinson was located later that morning naked and bathing a creek bed, police said.

DPD just announced via Facebook that they've made an arrest in the sexual assault and stabbing this morning of a 17-year-old girl on her way to school. The police didn't name the suspect, who's been taken to the Crimes Against Persons division and is now being questioned.

Police say the girl was on her way to a DART bus stop in the 4700 block of Maple Avenue this morning around 7:30 when she was approached by a white male in his late 50s or early 60s. He then attacked her, sexually assaulting and stabbing her. She's now in the hospital in "critical but stable condition."

Early reports suggested the police believed the rapist may have been a homeless man, although they haven't confirmed that. They made an arrest at 11 a.m. after a search for the suspect that involved both patrol officers on the ground and a helicopter unit.

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Anna Merlan
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