Metro Weekly

Mount Vernon Victim

Man Robbed at Gunpoint Could Be District's Latest Bias Crime

A man walking in D.C.’s Mount Vernon Square neighborhood reports that he was robbed at gunpoint Thursday, Sept. 29, by assailants who used an anti-gay epithet.

According to a Listserv update from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU), the victim was at the corner of 3rd and I Streets NW when he was approached from behind by a male holding a gun. The man placed the gun to the victim’s head and said, ”Get down on the ground, you fag.”

Once the victim was on the ground, another male went into his pants pocket and stole his wallet. Both men then fled the scene.

A police spokeswoman said on the morning of Sept. 30 that she could not confirm whether an arrest had been made, but said the case was still under investigation.

Hassan Naveed, vice chair of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), said in a prepared statement that the organization is concerned with a continuing trend of violence against members of the LGBT community in the District since the summer. Naveed said the group advises members of the LGBT community to be extremely careful and to report any bias-related incidents to police.

For more information on GLOV, call 202-506-0714 or visit

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at