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Two Men Arrested On Assault

DALLAS — Police arrested two men in Dallas Thursday on assault and menacing charges following an early morning fight.

At about 7:14 a.m. Thursday, Dallas officers responded to 911 calls reporting two men fighting with another man in the 200 block of Southwest Walnut Avenue, according a Dallas Police report.

Witnesses told dispatch that one of the men had a gun in his hand.

According to court documents, suspects Carlos Homil Escalera, 31 of Willamina, and his brother, Emanuel Escalera Lopez, 29, of Portland, spotted the victim of the assault, Kenneth D. Edwards, getting out of his car near their sister’s house.

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Escalera

Edwards had a “no contact” order with their sister, according to the probable cause affidavit filed on the arrests by Dallas police. The order is part of a separate case.

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Lopez

The pair confronted Edwards, reportedly punching him in the head and then got back in Lopez’s car. According to the report, they returned and punched and kicked him for up to three minutes, a witness said.

They returned to the vehicle, and then pulled up to Edwards. This time, Escalera pointed a gun at him.

“Multiple witnesses saw Carlos pull out a black pistol and point it at Kenneth and start backing him up,” the report read.

A witness asked Escalera to lower the firearm as there were children waiting at a bus stop nearby, police reports state.

Escalera put away the gun, but the assault continued until just before police arrived, according to the affidavit.

As police responded, a caller reported that two males, including the one with the gun, got into a black Audi and provided a plate number.

The first Dallas officer who arrived encountered the Audi still in the 200 block of Southwest Walnut Avenue. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies and other Dallas officers arrived on scene and initiated a “high-risk stop,” according to the report.

The two suspects in the vehicle were taken into custody without incident, according to police reports.

One was armed with a holstered pistol when taken into custody, police said.

Police found another pistol, a rifle and a ballistic vest in the vehicle.

One suspect works as a security guard and the vest, as well as a uniform he was wearing, had security company markings, police reports state.

Escalera faces charges of felony third-degree assault, felony unlawful use of a weapon, and misdemeanor counts of menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Lopez has been charged with felony third-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct.

The pair was arraigned on the charges Friday and are due back in court Thursday at 1:14 p.m.

Police said investigators do not believe the suspects intended to harm anyone else.

The Dallas Police Department thanked the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for assisting with this investigation and community members who reported the assault.

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