Police are investigating the attack of a man in Oak Lawn that may be motivated by the victim's perceived sexual orientation.

Craig Knapp, 50, tells WFAA he was walking his neighbor's dog early Saturday when two men approached him outside his apartment building.

According to a Dallas Police report, the attack occurred in 4100 block of Cedar Springs Road just after 4 a.m. on April 30.

Knapp says one of the men asked the name of the dog and after he replied, one of the suspects used a gay slur and began hitting him in the face.

"I wanted to get out alive, plain and simple," Knapp said.

He says he offered the two suspects his phones and cash but says they didn't take it.

His attack is a fresh wound for a neighborhood working to heal from months of violence that started with an attack on a man after the pride parade last September.

Increased safety measures have put in place in Oak Lawn in response to more than a dozen attacks on gay men dating back to September 2015.

Lee Daugherty is an Oak Lawn business owner and resident, active working to make the neighborhood safer.

"This community knows these are hate crimes," Daugherty said.

The Dallas Police Department increased patrols, added cameras and improved lighting last fall.

DPD says a detective will be assigned the investigation on Monday, where it could be determined if the attack was motivated by hate.

"I don't think this community is asking for anything special from the Dallas Police Department," Daugherty said. "We appreciate their help but one thing we don't have is any arrests, still to this day."

Daugherty was among several neighborhood advocates who formed a Volunteers In Patrol class, in conjunction with Dallas PD in December, the first VIP program in an entertainment district in Dallas.

Knapp's deep cuts and scrapes are healing - not so for the injuries you can not see.

"It's now an anger that I feel and I am not an angry guy."