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:
* Cold case. On Mon., Oct. 6, a potential witness contacted the GLLU regarding a year-old Alabama homicide. GLLU “is assisting members of the local Alabama Sherriff’s Department.”
* Pocket call. On Mon., Oct. 6, a victim who had attempted to break up a fighting group of juveniles called the police after the mob turned on him and stole his cell phone. “The cellular telephone was recovered and returned to the victim, who refused to provide his personal information for a police report.”
* Return to sender. An employee of the federal government reported receiving two unwanted pieces of mail via USPS: “Each piece of mail contained a single piece of paper, on which was written homophobic epithets.” GLLU is investigating with the U.S. Postal Inspector.
* A thin line between stab and “serious cut.” On Wed., Oct. 8, officers responded to a report of a stabbing. “Upon arrival on the scene, the officers found the victim suffering from a serious cut to his neck.” The man claimed he had been stabbed by a former lover. “According to the victim, the suspect was intoxicated and an argument ensued over money the victim accused the suspect of stealing from him.”
Full GLLU police blotter after the jump.
* “On Friday, October 10, 2008, shortly after midnight, First District officers were summoned by employees of a club in the 1100 block of 8th Street, S.E. for a disorderly person. Upon arrival, officers learned the suspect was refused entry by club staff because he appeared high and/or intoxicated. When the suspect was advised he was unable to enter the club, he became irate. His loud and boisterous behavior began to draw a crowd of onlookers. He was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.”
* “On Saturday, October 11, 2008, at approximately 8:30 p.m., members of the Third District responded to a residence in the 2300 block of 20th Street, N.W. for an assault. The ensuing investigation revealed the two men residing the residence were boyfriends and resided together. Both were intoxicated and a verbal dispute became physical. At some point, one of the men refused to allow the other to depart the residence. The other man, upon being cornered, struck the other to escape. Unable to determine which man was the primary aggressor; officers were forced to arrest both. Neither man was seriously injured. NOTE: MPDC officers are trained to identify the aggressor and/or instigator of a domestic assault, however in some instances, it is impossible and both individuals must be arrested. In order to avoid the situation, it is recommended victims only use the force necessary to stop an attack by the suspect and escape. Once the attack has ended or the victim has escaped, he/she should immediately get to a safe location and contact 9-1-1. Vindication and excessive defense or aggression will often result in the arrest of the victim. Although this is not desirable, it is often necessary because determination of instigation and/or aggressor is impossible.”
* “On Sunday, October 12, 2008, at approximately 3:45 a.m., a member of the GLLU was on patrol in the Second District, in the area of the 1700 block of 17th Street, N.W., when an 82-year-old man was located wandering and disoriented. It was determined the man had been walking in the area for several hours, in an attempt to return home. He was identified and returned to his residence, which was in the 1400 block of 17th Street, N.W. The GLLU member contacted the District of Columbia’s Office of Aging and a social worker from the Adult Protective Services Agency responded to assess the needs of the elderly individual.”
* “On Sunday, October 12, 2008, at approximately 2:30 a.m., MPDC officers working overtime in the area of 22nd and P Streets, N.W. were called to a local club for an assault. Investigation revealed the suspect had previously been barred by the business owners and attempted to gain entry. When an employee recognized the suspect and noticed he was high and/or intoxicated, he was denied entry. He became enraged and assaulted the employee. He was arrested on the scene. The employee was not injured.”
* “Members of the GLLU are assisting members of the Criminal Investigations Division with multiple theft investigations involving multiple locations throughout the city. The cases, which appear related, based upon the suspect’s descriptions, involve a large group of male-to-female transgender individuals entering clothing apparel shops and causing a disturbance while other members of the group steal merchandise. Although there have not been any injuries reported, in some instances, the suspects have become involved in physical altercations with store employees, who were attempting to prevent the theft and/or their escape.”
* “Members of the GLLU are assisting the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Division with the investigation of two robberies in Meridian Hill Park, which is located at 15th and Euclid Streets, N.W. In the first case, an individual was the victim of an attempted robbery on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 1 p.m. The suspect is described as being a black male, approximately 18 years old, standing at 6’1,” weighing 190 pounds, having medium to light complexion, shoulder length dread locks or twists in his hair and armed with a silver colored handgun.”
“The second case occurred on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at approximately 11:30 p.m. In that case, the victim was robbed by two black men. The first suspect is described as being between 20-25 years old, standing at 6’1,” weighing 165 pounds, with facial hair and armed with a shotgun. The second suspect was described as being between 20-25 years old, standing at 5’11,” weighing 200 pounds, with corn rows in his hair. Anyone having information about these suspects or who might have also been the victim of a robbery or other violent crime inside Meridian Hill Park is asked to contact the on-call member of the GLLU.”