Perry man arrested in Saturday’s convenience store scuffle

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Samuel John Dunbar, 40, of 1024 14th St., Perry, was charged with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness and interference with official acts-bodily injury.


A Perry man was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Wednesday in connection with a scuffle Saturday at Blue Jay Market.

Samuel John Dunbar, 40, of 1024 14th St., Perry, was charged with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness and interference with official acts.

The incident began about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of Willis Avenue, where officers of the Perry Police Department responded to “a report of two males fighting inside the store,” according to court records.

Dunbar fled the scene before the arrival of the officers, but he was allegedly “identified
by witnesses” at the scene as well as by “security camera footage,” according to court records.

The security camera footage allegedly revealed that Dunbar exchanged words with the victim before he “postured up to the victim” and then “struck the victim with a closed fist on the left side of his face, resulting in the victim’s falling to the ground, knocking over numerous items” inside the convenience store, according to court records.

The victim sustained “a bloody mouth,” with “redness” and “swelling to his left cheek,” according to court records.

An officer located Dunbar shortly after the incident “a few blocks away from the store,” but Dunbar “fled on foot,” and the officers “were unable to locate him,” according to court records.

A warrant for Dunbar’s arrest was ordered July 27 in Dallas County District Court and served July 28. Dunbar is held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

Dunbar was convicted of domestic abuse assault without intent causing injury in 1999 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of second-offense domestic abuse assault in 2000 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of second-offense domestic abuse assault in 2006 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of assault causing bodily injury in 2013 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of second-offense domestic abuse assault in 2014 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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