October 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay man assaulted, robbed in Dupont Circle apartment

Imperial House Condominiums (Photo by r AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons)

A gay man was assaulted and robbed inside his apartment at the Imperial House Condominium near Dupont Circle about 2 a.m. on Oct. 9 by an unidentified male suspect who he invited into the apartment for drinks, according to D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit.

A police report on the incident says the victim told police he remembers being struck in the head by the suspect.

Parson said the victim was found by his partner and roommate asleep on the sofa with blood on his face and body about 2:30 a.m.

The partner immediately noticed that a desk had been rifled through and cash and other items were missing. The police report says among the items stolen was $3,000 in cash, a lock box, and a cell phone.

The victim told Parson he met the man who assaulted him on the street in front of his apartment building at 1601 18th St., N.W. while the victim was outside smoking a cigarette. Parson said the victim told him he started a conversation with the suspect as he walked by the building.

“He chats him up and they eventually go upstairs to the apartment,” Parson recounted the victim telling him. “He invited him in and they had some drinks,” said Parson, who added the victim thinks he was punched by the suspect about 45 minutes after entering the apartment.

Police have not released a description of the suspect but Parson said his image may have been captured by one or more security cameras in and around the apartment building.

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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