Police: Assault, Robbery Investigated as Hate Crime

Monday, Jul 29, 2013  |  Updated 8:39 AM EDT
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Victim Claims Attacker Cited Trayvon Martin During Assault

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Metropolitan Police are investigating a Saturday morning assault and robbery as a hate crime.

Police said a 28-year-old man from Bethesda, Md., was attacked in the 1700 block of Euclid Street NW in D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood. The victim said he was approached by three black men who kicked and punched him to the ground around 1:20 a.m.

According the victim, one of the attackers yelled, “This is for Trayvon,” during the assault. The victim suffered lacerations to the face from the attack.

Police said the suspects took the man’s wallet and iPhone. The police report lists the incident as "robbery force violence, hate bias incident."

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012 in Sanford, Fla. The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sparked mixed reactions around the world after a jury of six women acquitted the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager.

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