Two Attacks on Transgendered Women Saturday Morning

Police say a transgendered woman was shot during a robbery attempt in northeast Washington early Saturday morning, less than an hour after another transgendered woman was sexually assaulted in the same part of the District.

Both incidents follow another attack on a transgendered woman, who was shot in the 500 block of Eastern Avenue Thursday.

Though the three attacks occurred within the span of three days, police say they have no reason to believe they are connected.

In the shooting Saturday morning, the victim was walking in the area of 5th and K streets when two men tried to rob her. During the attempt, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot her. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the two suspects, who fled after the shooting.

The first suspect is a black man, 19 to 20 years old, with a light complexion and dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a red jacket tied around his waist. He was armed with a handgun.

The second suspect is descibed only as a black man with a dark complexion.

In the sexual assault case, police say a transgender woman was walking in the 300 block of 61st Street, NE at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when she accepted a ride from a man she didn't know. Once she was inside the car, she was sexually assaulted, police said.

That suspect is described as a man aged between 30 and 35, with a stocky build, a light complexion and mustache. He was driving a dark grey Toyota Corolla with unknown Maryland tags.

Anyone with information about these case should call police at (202) 727-9099. Or submit anonymous information by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects, or the suspects in any assault in the District.

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