The Week in GLBT Police Activity: Multi-Purpose Bathroom 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 bathrooms used as prostitution dens and holding cells—below.
* Investigators detect suspicious overtones. 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, the GLLU was contacted by the victim of a "burglary and attempted sexual assault," with "hate/bias overtones." Two suspects pushed him into his apartment. They robbed him and attempted sexual assault. Investigators say they were "unable to verify the victim’s account of the events."
* Whose bathrooms lock from the outside? 11:30 a.m., Fri., Jan. 30. A Petworth resident contacted the GLLU "to report the abscondence of his adult ward." (This isn't the first time this has happened). The caller, "the guardian of an adult male," called after being notified of a problem by the man's home health care professional. Here's what happened: "While at work, the caller was notified by a home health care professional that the ward had locked the home health care professional in the bathroom and fled the home." Within "hours," the man was located "in good condition."
* Alert Jason Cherkis. 5p.m., Friday, Jan. 30. The Amtrak Police Department contacted the GLLU for assistance with "sexual activity inside Union Station"—specifically, "on-going prostitution involving members of the Transgender community inside bathroom stalls and stairwells. " The GLLU is "coordinating a meeting."
* You've got on-going harrassing mail! 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31. A male contacted the GLLU for assistance with "on-going harassing mail being sent to his home in Virginia," which he suspects is "related to his job in D.C." (this, too, has happened before).
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