Startwaune Anderson, 18, was arrested in Washington D.C. this week after allegedly attacking a trans woman with his car. According to The Washington Post, Anderson and the victim, Davon Washington, spoke to each other before the attack — although about what is unclear. Police managed to pull together enough evidence from surrounding surveilance cameras to make the arrest.
“We cannot definitively say at this point that it was a hate crime. But we have not ruled that out and we are still investigating," Capt. Anthony Haythe said.
The victim is currently in stable but critical condition and can communicate through blinking alone. She suffered “a bleed on the brain, multiple rib fractures, a lacerated spleen, a punctured lung, and has been sedated and placed onto a breathing machine," according to a police statement.
“We’re targets. Every summer we face violence right here in our own homes,” said Ruby Corado, founder of LGBT organization Casa Ruby where the victim has volunteered for several years. “What we do know is someone is getting justice today, and that is the most important thing for us, given we still have to walk and live in this city.”
Anderson has been charged with aggravated assault while armed, according to The Washington Blade.
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