Dangers of Valet Parking Increase by One

Valet parking is a necessity in and around Dallas, whether you love it or hate it — and in the Park Cities, especially.

I, personally, have a tendency to distrust handing my keys to a stranger who’s also handling countless other keys.

But apparently, there are some valet attendants around town who are willing to risk their lives to protect your vehicle. 

At 4:06 p.m. on July 10, a customer left their vehicle running with the door open to drop off at the valet station at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities near Preston Center. A thief then jumped in the car in an attempt to drive off. 

The valet attendant then engaged in a fight with the thief before suffering a stab wound. With the help of bystanders, the attendant was able to subdue the suspect before police arrived.

He then was taken off to a hospital in stable condition, while the suspect, 18-year-old Duane Fay Henley of parts unknown, was arrested on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Maybe I’ll just start walking more places and save myself — and the valet employees — the risk of being stabbed.

This story appears in the August edition of Park Cities People, on stands now.

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