A group of young gang members dragged a Dallas man out of his car, beat him, and stabbed him multiple times Wednesday night. According to authorities, nothing was stolen. Police are calling the assault a random act of violence.
The victim, 38-year-old Maxwell Davenport, disagrees.
According to Davenport, who teaches Social Science at the University of Texas in Arlington, random violence doesn’t exist.
“Every semester I tell my students that they are 100 times more likely to get lucky with Jennifer Lawrence than to become a victim of random violence. It just doesn’t happen,” said a bruised and broken Davenport from his bed at Dallas Regional this morning.
When asked why he made no attempt to defend himself, Davenport replied, “I defend myself by being kind and polite. People who worry about self-defense are asking for trouble.”
According to police, there have been multiple warnings to stay out of the area where Davenport was attacked.
“Professor Davenport not only failed to heed those warnings, but he also drove around the barricades that the local gangs set up and then chose to park in front of Pinky’s Liquor Store on South 1st—the one with the barred windows, gang graffiti, and bullet holes.”
Witnesses say that several young men in gang attire surrounded Davenport’s BMW while he appeared to read a newspaper and drink coffee. They waited several minutes before attempting to open his car door and make an attack.
“Why would I have been concerned with men outside my car?” asked Davenport. “I took no notice of their bandanas or facial tattoos. I have no right to judge a man based upon his appearance, and I refuse to be paranoid or live my life in fear. It would have been insulting to those men had I locked my door upon their arrival. Who wants to live like that?”
When asked if, considering recent events, Davenport would consider the possibility of occasional random violence, he said no.
“I must have known those men from somewhere,” he said. “They were probably some of my former students just acting out or pulling pranks.”