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MPD Still Looking for Person of Interest for the Inauguration Day Assault with a Lighter – Potential Person of Interest Ruled Out

by Prince Of Petworth February 17, 2017 at 9:45 am 14 Comments

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Lighter) offense which occurred in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest on Friday, January 20, 2017.

At approximately 2:00 pm, the suspect approached the female victim and set her hair on fire. The victim did not sustain any injuries.

The Metropolitan Police Department has investigated several tips from the public regarding this offense. As a result of information received from the public Ms. Norma Zahory was named as a potential person of interest. After a thorough investigation, it was determined Ms Zahory was not in the area at the time of the incident and Ms Zahory has been ruled out as being involved in this offense.. Detectives encourage the public to continue to assist with information.

The person of interest is pictured below:


Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

  • Emmaleigh504

    Set her hair on fire! Good lord, that is frightening! Glad their were no injuries.

  • rss

    I don’t understand, is the person pictured the victim or the suspect?

    • The person they are looking for. Can’t say suspect for legal reasons, I suspect.

  • what is wrong with people? that’s so messed up.

  • tinfoil hat

    It’s very good that the police are vigorously pursuing this case, and that they have the tools that they need to do so.

    However, their ability to provide 5 reasonable quality photos of an individual in a large (but still much smaller than Obama’s inauguration!) crowd hints at the extent to which these large gatherings and protests are surveilled. As someone who worries that these sorts of capabilities can be abused, and may make some people think twice about protesting against their government, I find this troublesome.

    • Hukiyoyo

      Not that one person should be safer than the next but the woman who’s hair was lit on fire was a Trump supporter, one would deduce the people “protesting against their gov’t” flipped the lighter. Protesters are probably safe.

      • textdoc

        Is there an “if” missing in the above — “IF the woman whose hair was lit on fire was a Trump supporter”?
        I can’t figure out what the person-of-interest’s hat says, but my impression was that she was dressed like a Trump supporter, so I figured that the person whose hair was lit on fire was a protester.

        • NRV

          Your assumption is wrong. The woman who did the lighting was the protestor, and the woman who was lit was a trump supporter having her photo taken in front of protestors.

        • Hukiyoyo

          No, the original news story clearly shows the victim was a Trump supporter. Again, not that it matters as all people should be permitted to support, or protest, with a basic sense of security they won’t be physically harmed. I was just pointing it out because it was alluded to that only people “protesting their gov’t” are at risk and, based solely on this occurrence, that is not true.

          • textdoc

            Thanks for the additional background, NRV and Hukiyoyo; I didn’t see the original news story. I don’t remember it being on PoPville — where did you see it?

          • Hukiyoyo

            Textdoc, if I didn’t see it here it probably showed up during the inauguration weekend in my FB “news”feed.

    • anon

      The pictures are stills from the video that someone took of the protest. This is the video, https://youtu.be/kMkNqQlsEso.

      • textdoc

        Thanks. Shameful that the protester chose to set the Trump supporter’s hair on fire.

  • Antifa

    That’s what she gets for antagonizing the protesters by trying to get a stupid pic


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