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A Bedford man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for knocking down a woman, repeatedly punching her and gouging her eyes as she was out walking her little dog in downtown Fort Worth in February.
The man fled the scene on the morning of Feb. 1, but nearby good Samaritans tackled him before police arrived.
David Earl Thomas, 33, was sentenced to jail on Thursday in County Criminal Court No. 4 on the charge of assault causing bodily injury.
The attack occurred in broad daylight in the downtown area with several residents and workers around the scene of the assault.
The 34-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with two black eyes, cuts and bruises.
“He never said a word the entire time,” the woman said in a telephone interview with the Star-Telegram in February. The woman agreed to talk to the Star-Telegram on the condition that her name not be used because she was a victim of violent crime. “I thought he was some runner, and then he just tackled me.”
The attack occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1 in the 200 block of West Lancaster Avenue.
The woman told the Star-Telegram she has lived downtown for two years and never had a problem.
“I had always felt safe,” she said.
On that morning, the woman was out giving her small dog a bathroom break. Another woman was nearby with larger dogs.
“There were so many people around,” the woman said. “I saw him running up, but I thought he was just a jogger or he was running for the train.”
But the suspect tackled her, got on top of her and tried to gouge her eyes out. He then repeatedly punched her.
At some point, the man got off the woman and fled.
“I don’t know if he saw other people coming to help me, but he started to run away,” the woman said.
The woman said a man who ran out of a nearby building and a construction worker chased down the suspect.
Thomas has a criminal history in Tarrant County. Since 2002, he has been arrested for theft, deadly conduct, burglary, criminal mischief and terroristic threat, according to criminal court records.
Before Feb. 1, Thomas had been detained by police four times for assault, the records state.