D.C. police investigating robberies of transgender women

D.C. police are investigating a series of robberies along the Eastern Avenue corridor in Northeast Washington in which five of six victims have been transgender women.

Authorities said descriptions of the crimes have differed, leading investigators to believe that the holdups are not related, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in a statement.

In two cases, Lanier said, guns were used, and in others threats were made. In each case, Lanier said, victims were approached between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m by one or two males who demanded their purses. The attacks occurred between June 10 and June 18 along Eastern Avenue and side streets in the lower Northeast corner of the District, roughly between Southern Avenue and Sheriff Road.

Lanier said that police arrested two juveniles in connection with the latest robbery Wednesday. Police said they recovered items that had been stolen.

Police said detectives are working with the department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit and police in neighboring Prince George’s County.

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