August 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Trans woman stabbed near Gallaudet Univ.
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A trans woman was stabbed near Gallaudet University on Tuesday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

An unidentified male suspect stabbed a transgender woman in the neck and chest while the two were inside a car parked on the 1400 block of West Virginia Avenue, N.E. about 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, according to a D.C. police report.

“Victim 1 stated that she was in the car with the suspect who became angry after he discovered [she] was really a male,” the police report says.

“Suspect 1 stabbed Victim 1 once in the neck and twice in the chest with a black pocketknife,” the report says. It says the suspect fled in a southbound direction on West Virginia Avenue, N.E. in a dark grey four-door sedan.”

The report says the victim was taken to the Med Star unit at Washington Hospital Center by ambulance after a police officer responding to the scene applied gauze to the victim’s wounds to control the bleeding.

Transgender activist Earline Budd, who said she knows the victim, told the Washington Blade the victim was in critical condition. Budd said the victim, who is in her 30s and goes by the nickname “Sunday,” was a client at HIPS, a social services organization that provides services to people in need, including sex workers.

The location where the woman was attacked near Gallaudet University is known as an area where transgender sex workers congregate.

The police report identifies the woman by her male birth name.

The report says that among the police officers responding to the scene where the trans woman was attacked was Sgt. Jessica Hawkins, supervisor of the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit.

Tuesday’s stabbing incident came just over one month after transgender woman Deeniquia Dodds was fatally shot on July 4 near her home on the 200 block of Division Avenue, N.E. Dodds died nine days later at Prince George’s County Hospital.

Police, who have listed the case as a homicide, said they have no suspects and no known motive for the killing.

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

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