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Axe-Wielding Woman Attacks Man at Cowtown Whataburger

Fort Worth Police Unit | Image by NBC 5 DFW
Fort Worth Police Unit | Image by NBC 5 DFW

A woman wielding an axe attacked a man in Fort Worth on Thursday while the latter was on his work break.

Fort Worth police were dispatched to Whataburger at 1425 Eastchase Pkwy shortly after midnight, where they found the victim, an employee of the restaurant, with wounds to his head and arms.

The man, who said he wished to remain anonymous, told NBC 5 DFW that he went to a nearby convenience store and vape shop on Meadowbrook Boulevard before his shift. Later, while on break, the man who reportedly goes by “School” said he went back to the location to look for his phone.

While School was discussing the matter of the lost phone with another man, the attacker approached him from behind. Purportedly believing the two men were talking about her, the suspect proceeded to swing the axe at School who, despite sustaining injuries, managed to get away and walk back to the Whataburger.

School was eventually taken to the hospital. He got 10 staples in his head, per NBC 5.

The Dallas Express reported on another attack involving an axe in 2022 that occurred in a coffee shop in Richardson. The incident left three people injured, including the attacker. One person sustained minor injuries, which were treated on the scene; two had to be taken to the hospital.

In Dallas, more than 2,000 aggravated assaults have been committed within the city limits so far this year, according to the City of Dallas crime analytics dashboard.

The Dallas Police Department has been attempting to fight crime while grappling with a significant labor shortage, fielding only around 3,000 officers when a City analysis advises roughly 4,000 are necessary to properly maintain public safety. DPD has also fallen short on funding this fiscal year, at least compared to other high-crime jurisdictions. Officials in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago allocated more taxpayer money to police than the Dallas City Council, which approved a budget of just $654 million.

Relatedly, Downtown Dallas routinely sees way more criminal activity than Fort Worth’s city center, the latter of which is patrolled by a dedicated special police unit that works alongside private security guards.

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