Metro Weekly

Arrests Made in June 23 Assault

Two Gaithersburg women plead not guilty in beating of drag entertainer at local takeout restaurant

Two women pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court today to charges of simple assault related to a June 23 incident involving a gay man.

The attack, which occurred around 3:15 a.m. at the Manny & Olga’s take-out restaurant in the 1800 block of 14th Street NW, was videotaped by a bystander and posted online. In the video, two women are shown fighting with the man, Miles DeNiro, also known as drag performer Heidi Glüm, and dragging him across the floor.

D.C. Superior Court records show arrest warrants were issued on June 27 for Raymone Harding, 28, and Rachel Manna Sahle, 22, both of Gaithersburg. Both are scheduled for misdemeanor initial status hearings on Sept. 5 before Judge Juliet McKenna.

Harding and Sahle were released on personal recognizance and were ordered by Judge Karen Howze, filling in for McKenna, to submit to drug testing by the court’s Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) and were notified that they must stay away from the victim in the case.

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