Police arrest two juveniles in robbery of transgender woman

June 19

D.C. police arrested two juveniles in connection with the robbery of a transgender woman on Wednesday, as officials continue to investigate a series of such attacks in Northeast Washington.

Four people approached the victim in the 300 block of 63rd Street NE just after 2 a.m. and one of them said he had a weapon and demanded her property. The robbers fled on foot, but a short time later 6th District patrol officers stopped two suspects.

Authorities later charged the two juveniles with Robbery Fear.

This incident is one of several 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.

Peter.Hermann@washpost.com

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