Woman Attacked In Deep Ellum Parking Lot Is Speaking Out

Austin York
March 25, 2019 - 5:43 pm
Austin Shuffield

Credit: Dallass County Jail

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The woman beaten in a Deep Ellum parking lot is speaking out.

Police say Austin Shuffield was the man responsible for the attack and charged him with misdemeanor assault and interfering with an emergency call in relation to the incident. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released. 

A cell phone video captured the incident in which L'Daijohnique Lee tries to call for help after Shuffield brandishes a gun, but has her phone swatted away. When she fights back, she's punched five times in the face. 

"I still have a lot of pain. I had a concussion, swelling in my left jaw, my ear was busted and I had a black eye," Lee says

She says she lives in a constant state of fear.

"I am scared. I wonder who's following me. Who's watching me. If he's going to come for me. He has pictures of my car and my licence plate."

Lee's attorney Lee Merritt says hate crime charges need to be added.

"A quick check of his Facebook shows he's either a Nazi or a Neo-Nazi sympathizer. He has show a great deal of hostility particularly geared at black women. He has a bit of a fetish of attacking defenceless people," Merritt says. 

Activists gathered over the weekend in Deep Ellum to protest, calling for stiffer charges to be added. Many were yelling, "who's streets, our streets". 

KRLD legal analyst Ed Klein says hate crime charges could be added, but that would be a stretch.

"If someone is targeted because of race or against a protected class of people that's one thing. It doesn't look from the video, that this man set out that day to beat up an African American woman," he says. 

Dallas police say they are still investigating to see if additional charges should be filed.