D.C. police on Wednesday released a video of an unidentified man they are calling a person of interest in connection with a May 27 incident in which a male suspect shouted an anti-gay slur at two men walking on 14th Street, N.W. and punched one of the men in the face.
The incident marked the third time in less than two months that unidentified male suspects have attacked male victims in the District while yelling anti-gay names. No arrests have been made in any of the three incidents.
A police report lists the latest incident as an anti-gay bias related assault. The report says the two men were walking northbound on the 1300 block of 14th St., N.W. on Sunday, May 27 at approximately 6:28 p.m. when they were approached by a man listed as Suspect 1.
“Suspect 1 started calling them “FAGGOT” and started approaching them in a threatening manner,” the report says. “That is when Victim 1 took out his cell phone and started calling 911,” the report continues.
“Suspect 1 then came from behind and punched Victim 1 in the face in front of the listed location,” which the report says was in front of 1345 14th St., N.W. “Suspect 1 then left the scene and went northbound on the 1400 block of P St., N.W. A lookout was broadcasted with negative results,” the report says.
“The subject was captured by a nearby camera,” a separate statement released by D.C. police on Wednesday says. “Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP Line to 50411,” the statement says.
Neither the statement nor the police report discloses whether the two men targeted by the suspect are gay or straight. The statement and report also do not say whether one or both of the two men targeted by the suspect may have been coming from the Crew Club, located on the block where the incident occurred.
Police said the first incident took place about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, April 15, when three male suspects assaulted two gay men at the corner of Vermont Avenue and U Street, N.W. in the heart of the U Street entertainment district where four gay bars are located.
Both victims were hospitalized after one suffered a concussion from being knocked down and kicked in the head. The other suffered broken teeth. Similar to the latest incident, the April 15 attack was captured on video by a bystander using his cell phone camera and who later posted the video on Twitter.
The second incident took place about 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, when a gay man was attacked and beaten at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Harvard Street, N.W. by two or three male suspects who knocked him to the ground while shouting anti-gay names, according to a police report and an account by the victim.
Police said they were investigating the first two incidents as suspected hate crimes and have appealed to the public for help in identifying the men responsible for the attacks.