MPD Seeking Information and Assistance
In an attempt to raise community awareness and solicit information from the public, the Metropolitan Police Department is releasing this information relative to our ongoing investigation into a number of crimes as possible bias-related crimes. Moreover, MPD is examining the cases for possible similarities. However, at this time, it has not been determined that these incidents are related.
- On Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at approximately 5:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of R Street, NW, three young black male suspects approached a male complainant while he was bending over to tie his shoe. One of the suspects used a homophobic epithet. The victim was then struck with a wooden object.
- On Tuesday July 6, 2010, at approximately 9:20 pm, a male complainant was approached by two black males in the 800 block of Emerson Street, NW. A homophobic epithet was used and one of the suspects threw the complainant to the ground assaulted him. Both suspects fled towards the 4900 block of 8th Street, NW.
The complainant sustained abrasions to the head and back, but refused medical attention. Suspect one is described as a black male with a medium complexion, 30 to 35 years old, standing at 5’11”-6’0”and weighing between 170-180 pounds. He had a short black buzz haircut and was wearing a white tank top and blue shorts. Suspect two is described as a black male with a medium complexion, 25-30 years old, standing at 5’7”- 5’8”, weighing approximately 145-150 pounds, with short black hair, a goatee, and wearing a yellow Polo shirt and blue jeans.
- On Saturday, July 24, 2010 shortly after midnight, a male complainant stated that he was walking outside a club with friends in the 2000 block of P Street, NW, when he was approached by several black males. It is alleged that the assailants approached the victim and asked if the victim called them a homophobic epithet. At this point, the victim was knocked to the ground, assaulted and kicked. When the victim attempted to call police from his cell phone, two of the suspects returned, assaulted him more, grabbed his cell phone and fled. One of the suspects was described as having a dark complexion, weighing approximately 170 pounds and wearing a red shirt.
- On Wednesday, July 27, 2010, approximately six black males approached a male victim as he entered the lobby of a building in the 1400 block of R Street, NW. One of the suspects made a homophobic epithet. The suspects began punching and kicking the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. The suspects are described as black males in the late teens. One of suspects had medium build, dark complexion, with short braided hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt. Another suspect was described as having a medium complexion with short dark hair.
- On Friday, July 30, 2010, at approximately 1:45 a.m., a male victim stated that he was leaving an establishment at 22nd and P Streets NW when a subject bumped into him and used a homophobic epithet. The victim walked away, but was followed by the subject and approximately 15 to 20 other black males and black females. One of the subjects knocked a water bottle out of the victim’s hand used a homophobic epithet. The victim was struck from behind and knocked to the ground. The suspects fled in three vehicles described as a white Chevy Impala, a blue Toyota Corolla, and a Silver Dodge Charger with Virginia tags.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to D.C. CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Community members are also encouraged to contact MPD’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) at (202) 727-5427 with information or concerns, or to request that a GLLU Officer or one of the more than 20 GLLU Affiliate Officers attend a community meeting. Although this office is not staffed 24-hours a day, all calls will be returned within one business day.
In case of emergency, or for immediate police response, always call 911. Once police are on the scene, you may request that an on-duty GLLU Officer or GLLU Affiliate Officer be contacted.
MPD continues to work to combat hate crimes through targeted deployment, victim support, and community outreach. In addition, to support the important goal of identifying and reporting on bias-related crimes, in August, all MPD members are participating in roll call refresher training on identifying possible hate crimes and documenting information on the initial police report.