A gay man was attacked and beaten by two or three unidentified male suspects about 1 a.m. Sunday, May 20, who shouted anti-gay names as they knocked him to the ground and repeatedly kicked him, according to a D.C. police incident report.
The report lists the incident as an aggravated assault with intent to rob and says it’s being investigated as a suspected anti-gay hate crime. The report says the incident took place at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Harvard Street, N.W. as the victim was walking home.
“One of the suspect(s) violently pushed him to the pavement,” the report says. “Thereafter, the suspects repeatedly kicked him without cause throughout his body while yelling “Fucking Faggot,” the report says.
The victim, a 25-year-old gay man who works as a bartender, spoke to the Blade on condition that he not be identified out of concern that the attackers might live near his home. He said he’s fearful that they could target him for another attack.
He said he’s considering taking down a message he posted on Facebook announcing the attack in which he included a photo of his face with bruises and a cut that he sustained in the attack. His Facebook posting prompted D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit, to reach out to the victim, who did not call police to report the incident at the time of the attack.
Parson arranged for officers and a detective to visit the victim at his home to take a full report of the incident.
“Yes, I was hesitant to report it initially because I didn’t think there would be any real chance that they would find them,” the victim told the Blade. “And I was tired and I was in pain so I took a Motrin and I went to sleep,” he said.
He said his injuries were not serious enough to warrant medical attention. He said that because the attackers struck him from behind he didn’t get a good look at them for purposes of identifying them.
The victim said he told police one of the suspects reached into his pants pocket while he was lying on the street and attempted to take his wallet. He said he pushed the suspect away and then ran home, preventing what could have been a robbery.
A detective working on the case told him police noticed that there were security cameras in the area where the attack occurred and police planned to obtain the video footage from the cameras to determine whether the suspects were captured on video while committing the assault.
The May 20 attack against the gay bartender took place a little over a month after two gay men were hospitalized after they were attacked and beaten by three unidentified male suspects in the city’s U Street, N.W. entertainment district near four gay bars.
Police said the attackers shouted anti-gay slurs at the two men as they punched and kicked them. One suffered a broken nose and broken teeth and the other suffered a concussion after being knocked unconscious. No arrests have been made in the incident, which police have listed as a suspected anti-gay hate crime.