Police: Texas man offered $200 to beat transgender woman

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas police say a man was offered $200 to beat a transgender woman in an attack that was recorded as a crowd gathered to holler and watch.

Source: CNN

A police affidavit released Monday says the woman accidentally backed into a vehicle before the driver of that vehicle pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave unless she paid for the damage.

Police say that as a crowd gathered, someone offered $200 to 29-year-old Edward Thomas to beat the woman, who suffered a concussion, fractured wrist, and other injuries.

Police say a second person stomped on the woman's head in Friday's attack but hasn't yet been charged.

Thomas was being held Tuesday at the Dallas County jail on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.

The federal government – FBI – is looking into the assault to see if it meets the requirements of a hate crime.

According to CBS News, 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.