Man was allegedly offered $200 to attack transgender woman: police

Police on Monday alleged that a man was offered $200 to attack a transgender woman last week, CBS News reported Tuesday.

In an affidavit, police said the man offered the $200 was Edward Thomas and that he is being held at a county jail in Dallas on a charge of aggravated assault.


Police have been investigating the incident as a hate crime since last week after the woman, Muhlaysia Booker, was allegedly attacked by a group of men who kicked and punched her. A bystander took video of the attack, which police said occurred Friday, according to CBS News. 

Police added that a second person stomped on Booker's head in the attack but has yet to be charged. Booker reportedly sustained injuries in the attack including a concussion and a fractured wrist.

Police said Booker mistakenly backed her vehicle into another car, prompting the driver of the vehicle to point a gun at her and demand she pay for the damages, CBS News reported. Police allege that Thomas was then offered the $200 to beat Booker.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told CBS News that he is "extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman," adding that the perpetrators aren't representative of the attitudes of most residents toward Dallas's "thriving LGBTQ community."