D.C. police released a statement on Monday night asking the public for help in identifying a male suspect wanted for three separate incidents of armed robbery on D.C. streets against transgender women last week.
Police said the suspect was captured by a surveillance camera during one of the incidents, and they are asking anyone who might recognize him to contact police. None of the victims was injured during the robberies, according to police.
“The areas where these robberies occurred are frequented by transgender women,” said Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit. “The reason why transgender women and others gather at or nearby these locations is irrelevant to our investigation,” he said. “We are attempting to identify and apprehend the individual responsible for committing these robberies.”
The police statement says the first incident took place about 3:50 a.m. Monday, July 22, on the 900 block of 2nd Street, N.E. when the suspect got out of a vehicle, approached the victim while brandishing a handgun, and demanded she give him her purse, which a police report says contained her house and car keys.
The second and third incidents took place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 24, in separate locations, police said. At approximately 2:14 a.m., the suspect approached the first of the two July 24 victims on the 600 block of K Street, N.E., where he exited the same vehicle – described as a dark colored Jeep SUV – pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded her purse.
A police report says she complied with his demand, after which the suspect returned to his vehicle and drove away. The police report says her purse contained her cell phone among other items.
Police said the suspect approached the second of the two July 24 victims at about 2:55 a.m. on July 24 along the 5500 block of Hunt Place, N.E., which is located about a block away from Eastern Avenue, N.E.
A police report says the victim reported the suspect pointed a silver handgun at her and stated, “Give me your pouch, give me your cell phone.” The victim complied with the suspect’s demand, the police report says. It says she told police the suspect got back in the Jeep SUV and drove away on Eastern Avenue.
The incident took place a short distance away from the section of Fairmount Heights, Md., located across Eastern Avenue, which serves as the D.C.-Prince George’s County Line, where transgender women Ashanti Carmon and Zoe Spears were shot to death in separate incidents earlier this year.
In their statement Monday night, D.C. police gave a description of the suspect in last week’s armed robberies of the three trans women and urged the public to view two still photos taken from a surveillance camera.
“In each of the above cases, transgender individuals were victimized,” the D.C. police statement says. “The suspect is described as a black male, 20’s to 30’s in age, 5’7” to 5’11 inches in height, medium build, wearing brown or tan overalls, and a black skull cap,” the statement 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 at 50411,” the statement says.