An adult male was gang raped at gun point in Columbia Heights in Washington D.C. by as many as eight suspects, according to the Washington Blade.
According to police reports, the victim was approached by a white van at around 8 p.m. and forced inside. They then “drove him around” and after a certain amount of time, five different men “sexually assaulted him against his will and without his consent.”
A new statement describes the first suspect as a Hispanic male, 6’1, between 22 and 27 years old with a slim build and short black curly hair. A second suspect is described as heavy set, 17 to 19 years old and having a light complexion.
Here’s where it gets weird. A box on the incident report asking whether or not it was a suspected hate crime was left blank. Though the assessment could change at any time as new evidence surfaces, a police source has said that they don’t have enough evidence just yet.
It’s unclear whether the victim identifies as gay, straight, bisexual, transgender or other.
Oddly enough, this is the second time in less than a year that an adult male has been gang raped by a group of men in the area. Last December, a 52-year old man was kidnapped and raped at another location in much the same way.
If you have any information regarding these incidents, call the police at 202-727-9099. An award of $1000 is being offered for tips that lead to an arrest.