Police arrested Takiyah “T.N.” Tate, communications director for Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray, after an alleged domestic assault last Thursday. Tate was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is accused to hitting a man over the head with with a bottle, according to an affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court. She pleaded not guilty and was released Friday on her own recognizance, according to the Washington Post. She’s on administrative leave from Gray’s office with pay until more details come out, according to a statement from Gray.
The arrest affidavit says Tate and three others confronted a man at his Northeast D.C. apartment. One of the three lives with the man and has two kids with him, the affidavit says.
When the three individuals arrived at the apartment, the man told police, Tate “came in yelling telling him he had to leave.” The man said Tate then attempted to choke him, and he pushed her off.
Two of Tate’s co-defendants then punched and kicked him, the man said. The third co-defendant cut his shoulder and stabbed him in the gut, according to the affidavit. In the midst of the scuffle, Tate hit the man over the head with a bottle, the affidavit says.
Tate told police she was there to see if the man needed any help finding somewhere else to live, “and just came over to talk.” She said the man first tried to punch her and would not stop. Two of her co-defendants stepped in to break it up.
Neither Tate, nor the attorney listed on the court docket, returned Loose Lips’ phone calls Monday morning. He will update this post if they respond.