A reported sexual assault against a transgender woman behind a building near Dupont Circle on Aug. 13 is the seventh incident of violence against LGBT people with a connection to the neighborhood since June 2, according to police reports.
Police said the latest incident occurred in an unspecified location in the rear of the 2000 block of P Street, N.W., in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, when a suspect approached the victim, whom police have not identified.
“The complainant reports that she was grabbed by the suspect who placed his hand over her mouth,” said Sgt. Carlos Mejia, supervisor of the police’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, in an e-mail to local LGBT activists.
“The suspect removed the complainant’s clothes and sexually assaulted the complainant,” Mejia said. “The suspect fled the area on foot. The complainant is a member of the transgender community.”
Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence, which was among the groups to receive Mejia’s e-mail, released the message Monday.
GLOV’s release came on the same day that court records became available showing that the man charged with murdering gay federal worker Delando King on Aug. 8 in D.C. had patronized at least one Dupont Circle gay bar on the night of the murder.
Court records show that Marcus McLean, 24, who is charged with premeditated first-degree murder while armed in connection with King’s stabbing death, was arrested Aug. 14 along the 2100 block of P Street, N.W., within a one-block radius of three gay bars.
Four earlier incidents involving attacks against gay men in the Dupont Circle area have been listed as bias-related assaults that involved anti-gay name calling when suspects attacked the victims. As of earlier this week, no arrests had been made in the five assaults. The fifth of the string of anti-gay bias attacks between June 2 and July 30 took place on Emmerson Street, N.W., outside the Dupont Circle area.
Police said none of the victims in the five assault cases received life-threatening injuries.
A law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the transgender victim in the sexual assault case knew the suspect and provided his identity to investigators with the police’s Sexual Assault Unit, which is investigating the case. According to the source, police listed the attack as an incident of first-degree sexual abuse, one of the most serious sexual offenses under the city’s criminal statutes.