July 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Man charged in anti-gay assault fails to show up for court hearing
destroying LGBT Pride decorations, gay news, Washington Blade

Uduak E. Iben is accused of destroying Pride decorations.

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Tuesday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a D.C. man for failing to show up at a court hearing in connection with his arrest by D.C. police last month for allegedly destroying LGBT Pride decorations outside a pet grooming shop near Dupont Circle.

D.C. police on June 10 charged Uduak E. Iben, 34, with one count each of destruction of property, simple assault and attempted threats to do bodily harm for allegedly assaulting one of the shop’s employees and threatening to assault another employee when they asked him to stop damaging the decorations.

A police report says the assault and attempted assault took place after Iben allegedly ripped apart a rainbow colored Pride decoration hanging on the outside wall of Doggy Style Bakery, Boutique and Pet Spa at 1642 R St., N.W.

A police arrest affidavit says Iben allegedly stated “fuck gay people” while attacking the two employees, prompting police to list the incident as a possible anti-gay hate crime.

At his arraignment on the day following his arrest, a judge released Iben on his own recognizance pending a court status hearing scheduled for July 10. Each of the charges against him is classified as a misdemeanor.

The incident in which he was arrested at the pet grooming shop marked the fifth time since April 15 that one or more male suspects have attacked male victims in D.C. while shouting anti-gay slurs. The latest incident at the pet spa became the second time police have made an arrest in one of the five incidents.

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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