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Despite perception, APD says downtown assaults declining

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It's a comparison between numbers and perception.

"The perception is that assaults and aggravated assaults downtown are going up," said Troy Officer, the APD downtown area commander. "Now, the numbers indicate, downtown, something totally different."

Still, when assaults do happen, it's hard to make the victims feel any better about the situation.

"Blood just ran on my face," said a 27-year-old victim who did not want to be identified. "My cut is this big right now and I have a skull fracture."

This 27-year-old victim did not want us to reveal his name. He reached out to FOX 7 after seeing a different story about two young men being beaten up on east 6th Street.

"I just remember waking up...two feet away from the water, laying down and there were ants on me and mosquitoes biting me," he said.

Those are the bites you see, covering his face in this photo.

He added, "I went for about four, three hours without help and the construction guys saw me finally."

The victim was last seen at the Library Bar on east Sixth Street. When he finally came to, he was nearly one mile away behind the Austin City Music Hall.

He said, "There's three victims in two days and I haven't heard anything about…PD doing anything about it."

"I totally understand that. I totally get that, but it's still a process," said Officer.

Officer says, on average, a detective is assigned 120 cases.

"A lot of times we need the victims to help us, help them, by contacting us, by giving us as much information as they can, by being totally cooperative and as honest as they can," said Officer.

A detective has been assigned to this victim's case.

He said, "I told him that I could come down and he just decided to make an appointment until tomorrow, in the morning."

"Even though our numbers have gone down, we're still looking at significant numbers. The other thing that hasn't really increased is the number of detectives we have to work these cases," explained Officer.

"It's been eight days and I don't see anything being done," said the victim.

The commander says incidents like this have happened for years, but now, the public gets a front row seat to the beating because cameras are everywhere.

Numbers released by Austin Police show, in the downtown area, there were 142 aggravated assaults in 2011; 160 in 2012 and 93 in 2013. So far this year, investigators say there have been 51 aggravated assaults in the downtown area.

If you have any information about either case, please call Austin Police.

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