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D.C. police investigating possible hate crime

The Washington Post
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January 15, 2013

Two men walking in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington on Sunday evening were struck during what D.C. police are investigating as a possible hate crime, according to a department spokesman. The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at 3rd and Q streets Northwest, just south of Florida Avenue. No arrests have been made. Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said two men and a woman approached two men and yelled derogatory statements at them, including some critical of homosexuals. Alali said one of the men struck a victim with a bicycle he was riding and then punched the two men in the face with a closed fist, all while screaming anti-gay remarks. Both victims declined medical help, police said. Descriptions of the attackers were vague, but one was a male between 17 and 19 years old and another was a young woman, police said.