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    Thumbs up Man arrested in attempted kidnapping of woman and baby at DART station

    08:46 AM CDT on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
    From Staff Reports

    Richardson police on Tuesday arrested Michael J. Taplin in connection with an attempted kidnapping that took place at DART's Spring Valley station over the weekend.

    Police had been looking for Taplin, 32, because investigators wanted to speak to him after they had conducted interviews with a witness and the victim, DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said Tuesday.


    Michael J. Taplin

    The attempted kidnapping took place Sunday afternoon when a woman and her 1-year-old daughter were approached by a man, DART police had said. The man asked for money and when she told him she did not have any, he pulled a gun and walked her down the sidewalk. The gunman fled when another man came out of the stairwell and began shouting, police said.

    Anyone with information on the incident was asked to contact DART police at 214-928-6300.

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    k. Someone explain DART.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conalabu View Post
    k. Someone explain DART.
    It's the Dallas Bus and Train system (stands for Dallas Area Rapid Transit).

    Even though the DART system has police, they seem to be more interested in keeping people out of the freeway HOV lanes than putting more police on the trains, busses, and at the terminals.

    The Plano/Richardson area is where the DART train ends to the North of Dallas, so they have a crime problem because homeless people from Dallas will ride the train up to Plano and Richardson, get off to take a stroll, and panhandle or sometimes to commit crimes. Then after they commit their crimes, they flee by hopping the next train back to Dallas.

    Usually it's aggressive panhandling with occasional minor thefts and strongarm robberies, but this one appears to be much more than that.

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