|Tommy Robinson will likely die in prison.|
Tommy Robinson, a man who attacked, robbed and sexually assaulted a woman six years ago in Oak Lawn, hung out at a Cedar Creek Lake gay bar before his arrest in Dallas.
Surveillance video from 2012 captured Tommy Robinson running toward then 17-year-old Lida Nguyen in Oak Lawn as she walked to a bus stop to go to school. Robinson was convicted on Friday. On Saturday, he allegedly attempted suicide causing a one-day delay in the sentencing portion of his trial.
Robinson was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison, although he was not in court because he remained in the hospital after the reported unsuccessful suicide attempt over the weekend. The prisoner, who was in intensive care, reportedly took an overdose of anti-psychotic medications he had stockpiled in jail.
Robinson, who was 59 at the time of his arrest and is now 65, was jailed in Dallas on a $1.5 million bond. Questions about his mental competency and several confinements in mental treatment facilities delayed his trial. His lawyer described him as a broken, mentally-ill man.
Robinson, also known as "Hollywood," due to the silver-framed sunglasses he always wore, was a frequent visitor to Garlow's nightclub, but he told other customers he was not gay. He also spoke about how he suffered from a mental illness, and he said that was why he could not drink alcohol. He was characterized as eccentric, but was generally viewed to be harmless.
A Dallas police detective in charge of investigating the crime confirmed he was aware Robinson had lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area prior to his arrest in Dallas. At his arrest, he was homeless and was taken into custody while bathing in a stream in Oak Lawn, according to multiple Dallas media reports.
Robinson is also said to go by the name Tommy King.
Gun Barrel City police report no unsolved sexual assault cases in the area at the time of Robinson’s arrest in Dallas.
The 17-year-old girl was attacked on Maple Avenue as she walked on a sidewalk to catch a bus to Skyline High School, where she was a student.
She suffered 20 stab wounds to her chest and back and was apparently left for dead behind a furniture store. Employees discovered her and called 9-1-1.
The girl was able to give police a description of her assailant and was able to pick him out of a police line-up.
When Robinson was arrested near the scene of the attack, he was naked from the waist down. He reportedly had a bloody knife in his boot and a cell phone similar to the one taken from the victim.
Robinson's bond was originally set at $500,000, then tripled.
The victim returned to Dallas to gain closure in the case and to thank all those who donated to a victim’s account at the time. The victim has since graduated from high school and college, gaining a degree in education. She lives out-of-state with her sister. The man who found her said she was the hero for surviving such an ordeal. Nguyen said during the attack he looked at her the whole time and before walking away told her to “have a nice life.”
“It didn’t make me any weaker,” she said in televised reports. “It actually made me stronger that he didn’t ruin my life and I did have a nice life. What happens to you doesn’t define you. You define yourself everyday through your actions.”