Robbery reported at Lova Drive bus stop

A partially blind man reported being robbed at a Lova Drive bus stop.

Police are searching for two men they say robbed a partially blind Victoria man Saturday.

A 39-year-old man told police two men robbed him at gunpoint about 8:45 a.m. as he was waiting at a bus stop in the 1500 block of Lova Drive, according to a Victoria Police Department news release.

Police declined to reveal the victim’s name.

According to police, two men stole the man’s wallet, cash, driver’s license, Social Security card and cellphone. The phone was recovered in the area.

The man who reported being robbed was unable to provide a detailed description of the men but said he believed them to be tall and heavyset.

According to the Texas Penal Code, a robbery can be charged as an aggravated robbery if a disabled person is put in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.

Such a crime is a first-degree felony and carries a sentence of five to 99 years or life in prison with a $10,000 fine.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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Glenn Wilson

Jon - The description, as reported by Crossroads Today, is "tall, heavy-set individuals with Hispanic accents".




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Jon Wilcox

Thank you Mr Wilson for pointing this out.







I try to avoid descriptions of race when they are very broad like that. My position is that race is very complex, and it's oversimplifying to describe someone's appearance or voice as Hispanic. What does that mean exactly? I would submit that Hispanic people have all kinds of accents.







Here is a Poynter article on the matter that I think explains my position pretty well: https://www.poynter.org/archive/2002/the-language-of-race/







Also, as a newspaper writer, I look to the AP's style book to make these hard decisions. Here is part of their entry on race: "Reporting and writing about issues involving race calls for thoughtful consideration, precise language, and an openness to discussions with others of diverse backgrounds about how to frame coverage or what language is most appropriate, accurate and fair. Avoid broad generalizations and labels; race and ethnicity are one part of a person’s identity. Identifying people by race and reporting on actions that have to do with race often go beyond simple style questions, challenging journalists to think broadly about racial issues before having to make decisions on specific situations and stories.



Some guidelines:



race Consider carefully when deciding whether to identify people by race. Often, it is an irrelevant factor and drawing unnecessary attention to someone’s race or ethnicity can be interpreted as bigotry. "





Glenn Wilson

Jon -- "Hispanic" isn't a race, so this isn't a racial issue. In this case it's merely part of a description, small but possibly useful. As for what a Hispanic accent might be, I'd say it would probably involve Spanish, as the name suggests. Just my opinion, but journalists should report the news as-is, without cleaning it up or spinning it to conform to an opinion or Political Correctness, especially the latter.

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