Video: “female suspect punched a gay man several times in the face while calling him a f*ggot” inside Mt. Vernon Square Safeway

Thanks to a reader for sending this disturbing report from the Washington Blade:

“An unidentified female suspect punched a gay man several times in the face while calling him a faggot in an unprovoked attack on July 2 inside a Safeway store at 5th and L Streets, N.W., according to an account the victim gave to D.C. police.”

MPD writes:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Simple Assault which occurred in the 400 block of L Street, NW, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at approximately 3:00 PM. The subject was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras.

DO YOUR PART TO HELP PREVENT AND SOLVE CRIME. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community. CCN #14-096-982.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.”

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  • I used to live across the street, and I witnessed so many society ills – bigotry, reluctance to address mental health issues, homelessness, assault – in that Safeway firsthand. This is horrifying. I hope the victim is okay.

  • So ladylike.
    Honestly, what the hell is wrong with a segment of the population in this city?!
    To make matters worse, there are TWO Safeway “Security” officers standing there by the exit as this piece of trash runs out.
    I give up.

  • Why doesn’t Safeway (or the DC govt) have higher resolution cameras? They are not expensive

  • what does being “ladylike” have to do with anything? this is about hatred, bigotry, and discrimination. i hope they catch this wretched person.

  • Since slurs were used, doesn’t this transcend simple assault and become a hate crime?

  • How absolutely genius to assault someone in a grocery store where every square inch is usually covered by CCTV to catch shoplifters. Hope she enjoys jail.

  • Would be great to hear why the guards didn’t respond to this incident.

    • justinbc

      There’s no indication given that the guards were aware this happened. It could have been reported after the alleged offender had fled the scene.

      • According to the Blade article, management and security were not only aware, but also escorted the woman to the front of the store and let her go. Safeway employees also refused to call the police and told the victim that the police station was across the street.

      • Yeah, the way the video is edited, it’s hard to say that the guards were aware of anything. I would think that if someone was at the counter where the assault took place, that employee would have alerted the guards about this incident. But it’s hard to tell if there was someone behind the counter.
        These random unprovoked attacks are sick. I just read about a man in San Antonio who was beaten to death in an Amtrak station. Stranger attacks him while he was waiting for the bus. For no reason. Said he “felt like killing someone.” And the report said this happened in front of a crowd. I really would like to think that if I saw someone getting beat down and did not see any kind of weapon, that I would try to help. But who knows. I guess it’s easy to say that when it hasn’t happened to you.

      • Quote from the linked article: Context is that after she punched him several times, the victim had her restrained on the floor by her dreads.

        “Seconds later security guards and an assistant manager rushed to the scene, he said. “They came at me like I was the assaulter and quickly told me to let go. When I did let go they did nothing to restrain her. They basically gave her the option to turn around and come back at me again.”

        However, an assistant manager and two security guards instead escorted the woman to the front door of the store, allowing her to run away, the victim said.”

        – See more at:

        • There we go.

        • Glad he fought back.

        • I would file a lawsuit against Safeway.

          • +1. This is totally unacceptable.

          • For what?

          • Loganite: Failures of both the assistant manager and the security guards to restrain the assailant.

          • You cannot sue someone for that. What damages have you suffered? They broke up the altercation and separated the two. They restrained the assailant enough to stop the assailant from further injuring the victim. It isn’t like they ignored it and watched while this horrible woman beat someone. So the injured party, who I totally sympathize with here, isn’t injured further in any way by the actions of the officer. I do not think he has a real claim against the security guards for not detaining her. You have to have something to sue for…failure to arrest someone isn’t something you can sue over because you haven’t suffered any injury because of it.

          • Actually they didn’t separate them at all. And they walked the assailant out, didn’t call the police for him and pointed across the street to go there on his own if he wants the police. So responsibility to keep people safe in an establishment is non existent here.
            The special police security have arresting powers within the store they are hired by. The do it all the time with theft.

  • As a person who has been beaten, bullied and verbally abused for being gay I understand the victim asking to be anonymous. I hope they recover physically and mentally from this horrible attack.

  • This is my neighborhood supermarket. I cannot tell you the number of times there is some sort of incident happening in here – whether it be someone stealing, someone being tackled (generally related to stealing) or harassment outside. Closing the open air drug market across the street only marginally helped. (side rant: I love that the drug market continued for YEARS when the police station is directly across the street).

    • The police station there is totally worthless. I was mugged a half block away and ran there afterward to find that it was deserted at 10 pm. I think it’s only a traffic police station and closes at the end of the regular business day.

      • That police station is not a normal police station. It’s for traffic control only and not manned 24-7.

  • Sounds like the dude’s OK from the Blade article, which is the only reason I suggest this: “S” name for that Safeway?

    Un-Safe Safeway?
    Sketchy Safeway?

    I say this with some sarcasm, some frustration. Honestly: the police stand by and tell people not to report; the Safeway staff sound like they were typical Safeway staff (unhelpful/slow to respond). I’ve been accosted and scared for my well being in DC and just gave up wanting to tell the police or anyone else who I’d consider an authority figure in other cities. It’s endemic and I doubt – after a decade of living in DC – that anyone can really find a solution.

  • Safeway has FaCEBOOK page. Time to go give them some love. Who’s in?

  • First of all what is the point of the security guard if he doesn’t call the police? Yes that is not a police station across the street. I once saw the security guard stop two women from walking out the store with a case of beer they didn’t pay for, he only took back the merchandise but did not call police.
    I’m tired of seeing grainy surveillance video of crimes, how can you ever catch someone with poor video?
    The woman in this video, by the way she was dressed, I would guess she was gay too.

  • AWFUL! It makes me sick reading articles like this. How far have we come? Attacking someone based on race, sexual orientation, gender, or any other defining characteristic is pathetic and appalling. I hope they capture this beast.

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