Washington D.C police are seeking a machete wielding man who chased two gay men into their apartment building. Washington PD are currently calling this a potential the crime.
The Daily News reports, “Washington, D.C., police are searching for a machete-wielding man who chased two men into an apartment complex in Northwest D.C. late last week, in a possible anti-gay attack.The incident occurred in D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood around 11 p.m. Friday, and the suspect was caught on surveillance video.”
According to NBC Washington, ““The victims told police they were walking south in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street NW at about 11 p.m. Friday when one of the two men said to the other, “f— you,” a police report says. The suspect, who was walking north, heard the comment and assumed it was directed toward him, the report says. The machete-wielding man chased the two men into the lobby of Tyler House, near New York Avenue, and made “stabbing motions” at them, the report and a statement from police says. … According to the police report, the crime is being investigated as an assault with a dangerous weapon with anti-gay motivation.”
A report released by the FBI Tuesday shows a spike in hate crimes against the LGBTQ community in 2018, when compared to the previous year. Incidents against gay men increased by almost 7%, from 679 cases in 2017 to 726 cases in 2018.
“Bias-motivated crimes are a real, frightening problem in the United States, and LGBTQ people continue to be targeted because of who they are,” the president of the Human Rights Campaign Alphonso David said in a statement.