Arrest Made After Video of Vicious Beating of Transgender Woman Goes Viral

April 15, 2019 - 11:33 am

Dallas -- Police have made an arrest in the brutal beating Friday of a transgender woman that's being classified as a hate crime. It occurred in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people and was caught on cellphone video.

Police announced the arrest Sunday night of 29-year-old Edward Thomas and said they're continuing to canvass the neighborhood where it happened for other participants and witnesses.

Dallas County Police Dept.

They said the woman reported the assault while receiving hospital treatment Friday night.

She told officers she was attacked earlier in the day after she was involved in a minor traffic accident near an apartment complex, according to the police statement released Saturday.

CBS Dallas reported a cellphone video captured a crowd of bystanders gawking as the victim, identified by the station as Muhlaysia Booker, was viciously punched by one man and kicked by others.

She was apparently beaten into unconsciousness while the crowd looked on and homophobic slurs were shouted.

Several women eventually carried the victim's limp body to safety.

Booker's father, Peirre Booker, told CBS Dallas the attackers were "cowards" and his daughter "is traumatized from it. Very traumatized."

He said the attack has left him "highly upset" and that he hated watching his daughter being assaulted.

She was recovering at home from injuries that included a broken wrist, CBS Dallas reported.

Some residents said Muhlaysia was provoking the crowd before the assault.