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A man was robbed and beaten early Thursday morning near the intersection of 14th and N Streets NW, according to a post from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). According to police, three men approached the victim at about 1 am and began punching him.
During the attack, one of the suspects stole the victim’s iPad. Two of the three suspects were later apprehended and charged with robbery. A third suspect fled the area on foot. The victim’s iPad was not recovered.
NBC Washington spoke with the victim in the case, who says the suspects shouted homophobic slurs in Spanish at him. The incident occurred on the sidewalk near 1321 14th Street NW, the location of Crew Club, which according to its website, is a fitness and lounge facility that caters to gay men.
Police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime and are still seeking the third suspect. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099.