At least two cars belonging to residents in the Cleveland Park section of Northwest Washington near the National Cathedral were defaced on April 3 with anti-gay “hate based language written upon them,” D.C. police said in a statement.
Sgt. Carlos Mejia, supervisor of the police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, said Second District officers responding to the incident called the GLLU to help in the investigation.
“We were on the scene,” he said.
Police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump said police officers responded to a call to the 3200 block of Cathedral Ave., N.W., where they found three cars defaced with writing scrawled on them from what appeared to be a pen. She said the writing on two of the cars consisted of anti-gay hate messages.
She said the third car had writing along with some illegible words that did not constitute a bias or hate-related message.
Capt. Edward Delgado, who oversees the department’s special liaison units, including the GLLU, said the owners of the cars subjected to the defacing told police they were not members of the LGBT community. He said police would not immediately release the exact wording of the anti-gay messages on the cars because doing so could hurt the investigation.
Police said anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department at 202-272-9099 or the department’s anonymous information line at 1-866-411-TIPS. Callers providing information leading to an arrest and indictment are eligible for an award up to $1,000.