Police investigating Northwest D.C. attack as a hate crime

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Local,DC,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

D.C. police are investigating a Sunday assault on two men as a hate crime, and they are looking for the people who were involved in the incident.

The incident happened at about 6 p.m. Sunday at Third and Q streets Northwest. Two men were approached by three people, one of whom said a homophobic slur and punched the victims, police spokeswoman Officer Tisha Gant said. The victims were treated at the scene.

According to an account that one of the victims provided to the neighborhood blog PoPville, the assailant rode his bicycle into the victims at a high rate of speed before he punched them.

The assailant was described as a black male, 17 to 19 years old, 5-foot-8, and 150 to 160 pounds, Gant said. He had a medium complexion, had short hair and was wearing a black jacket.

A second suspect was female, and no information was available about the third one.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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