Police make arrest in case of Texas woman allegedly punched in face by stranger

Fort Worth police have arrested a man who they say randomly punched a woman in front of her children, breaking her nose.

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David Earl Thomas, 34, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of aggravated assault and robbery, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Thomas’ alleged victim, Jennifer Leedy, said she was walking to her car with her two daughters Sunday afternoon in downtown Fort Worth when she noticed a man walking toward her. The man punched her face, she said, leaving her eyes bruised and her nose broken.

The assailant ran away before he could be identified Sunday. But on Wednesday, one of Leedy's daughters identified Thomas in a photo lineup, police told KTVT-TV.

"We are thrilled that he is off the streets, and we need to keep him off the streets," Leedy told WAPP-TV.

Thomas has a history of randomly sucker-punching women in the face, WAPP-TV reported, citing public records. In each of the three cases, the women were knocked to the ground without warning, the news station reported.

According to public records, in February 2018, Thomas was sentenced to 180 days in jail for assault in February 2018.

Leedy said she plans to work with the Collin County District Attorney's Office to get Thomas the maximum punishment.