January 12, 2011 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Customer reports armed robbery at Omega

A 39-year-old D.C. man reported being robbed by a male suspect with a handgun in the bathroom at the Dupont Circle gay bar Omega on Jan. 3, according to a police report, which says the victim was not injured.

The report, prepared by Second District police officers, says the incident took place about 8:45 p.m. after the victim reported playing pool at the bar with three people now listed as suspects in the case. The report says a witness told police the victim joined the three men at the bar and bought them drinks shortly after playing pool with them.

“C1 [Complainant 1] went to the men’s restroom, at which time S1 [Suspect 1] entered into the men’s restroom, approached C1 from behind, and held a dark colored handgun to the right of C1’s waistband,” the police report says. “S1 then stated, ‘give it up,’ at which time C1 gave S1 his wallet containing the above listed items,” the report says.

According to the report, the victim, who asked the Blade not to disclose his name, told police the suspect took at least $400 in cash, a North Face jacket worth $450, his Maryland driver’s license and his cell phone. The victim told the Blade in a phone interview that the suspect also took his i-Pod music player.

Omega manager Perry Morehouse said the bar is cooperating fully in the investigation into the incident and has offered to provide police with a security surveillance video that shows the suspects and the victim inside the bar. Morehouse said that as of Wednesday morning, police had not come to the bar to pick up a disc with a copy of the video surveillance that the bar made for them.

Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham told the Blade in an e-mail that Second District detectives made several “unsuccessful” attempts to obtain the video. But Morehouse said employees are present in the bar from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day and no one from the police department came to obtain the video as of early Wednesday.

The police report describes suspect one as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet , 10 inches tall, weighing between 150 and 170 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair in a pony tail, having a dark complexion and medium build an wearing a black jacket and blue pants. Suspect two is described as a black male about 25 years old, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 165 pounds, with brown eyes and long black hair, having a medium build and wearing a gray jacket and gray pants.

Suspect three is described in the report as being of “unknown” race and gender, appearing between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 195 to 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, having a dark complexion and having as “heavy/fat/stocky” build. The suspect wore a black jacket and blue pants, the report says. The victim told the Blade the third suspect was a male-to-female drag queen.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Second District detective’s office at 202-730-1903.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

2 Comments
  • Wow. Sorry to hear. This place is trouble. My friends and I laugh now.. but three times over the last 9 months I believe I have been drugged in this bar.I survived some how. I never go alone and have not been for a while. I tried filing complaints with the liquor commission…but the complaint form bounced back when you submit. I guess the liquor commission doesn’t really want to hear complaints.

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