The Week in GLBT Police Activity: Fugitive Edition
The GLLU, MPD’s Gay and Lesbian Liason Unit, serves the District’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities. Last week in police activity related to the GLBT community—including consensual teenage sex, severe lacerations, and a search for fugitives—below.
* Denial twist. On the evening of Nov. 28, 2008, the mother of a 16-year-old male flagged down police outside the Metro on Minnesota Ave. The mother claimed "her son was sexually assaulted" by a 17-year-old one month earlier. Police interviewed all parties, and determined that "the sexual contact was consensual and no crime occurred." The mother refused further police resources.
* Trouble in Florida. On Saturday, Nov. 29, an Assistant United States Attorney contacted the GLLU for support with "a male victim of domestic violence" who said he was assaulted by his boyfriend the previous day, on the 200 block of Florida Ave. NW. The boyfriend was arrested, and "the victim was provided with emergency shelter."
* Epithet and run. That evening, police responded to a call at 14th Street and Columbia Rd. NW. A man had been crossing the street. Three men came up from behind and assaulted him, one uttering "homophobic epithets. The three men robbed him and fled. Police described the suspects as: "suspect one: black male, 20 years old, slim build, 6’2”, wearing blue jeans, black jacket; suspect two: black male, 15 years old, 5’8”, wearing a black ski mask, black coat and blue jeans; suspect three: black male, teen, wearing a black coat and blue jeans."
* If it bleeds. At 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, a woman flagged down a GLLU officer in Dupont Circle. Her "window had just been smashed by a drunken male in the area." The male was found—he was "suffering from a serious laceration to his arm." Police took him to a hospital, and "damage to the vehicle window was resolved without a criminal complaint."
* Lone gunman. A half an hour later, police responded to a call for armed robbery. A transgender woman claimed she was "robbed at gunpoint by a lone black male." Officers found the suspect and arrested him.
* Gays on the run. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, police write, "members of the Department of Corrections Warrant Squad contacted the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to request assistance in locating several fugitives with connections to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) community. At this time, the information is not being released, however should the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) be unable to promptly locate the wanted subjects, the identities will be released and the community’s assistance sought."