DPD homicide detectives ask for help in murder investigation

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Joseph Chase

Dallas Police Department Homicide Det. Derick Chaney is asking for the public’s help as he investigates the death of of a 54-year-old gay man assaulted early Saturday morning, Sept. 25.

Chaney said that Joseph Chase was beaten up by two men about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street. Chaney said Chase was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside JR.’s Bar and Grill. He was taken by ambulance to a Dallas hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Chaney said detectives have video footage from nearby surveillance cameras that show Chase being assaulted by two unidentified men. He said the video also shows that several other people passed by during the assault and shortly afterward, and he hopes that one or more of those individuals will come forward with information that could help identify the assailants.

“The people passing by probably just thought they were seeing a fight. They probably had no idea this man was being assaulted and that he died as a result of this,” Chaney said. “We want to reach out to these people and hopefully get some information that will help us solve this homicide.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Chaney at 214-671-3650.

—  Tammye Nash

Woman arrested at S4 after striking security guard with stiletto heel

Janissa Laurice Ford

A woman was arrested early Friday morning at Station 4 after she hit a security guard in the face with her stiletto shoe while he tried to take her out of the club.

Janissa Laurice Ford, 21, of Arlington was arrested around 3 a.m. for causing a disturbance at the club, according to Dallas police incident report.

Ford was allegedly intoxicated and was with two other women when a 22-year-old security guard came to remove her from the club. She then took her 3-inch high heel and struck him in the face, the report states.

The stiletto heel left scratches on the right side of the security guard’s face. He was treated at the scene.

Ford was arrested for assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. She was in custody at the Dallas Council jail on a $3,000 bond.

—  Anna Waugh

Bartender suffers fractured eye socket in attack outside Rainbow Lounge

Adam Granados

A bartender at the Rainbow Lounge said he was attacked in the parking lot of the Fort Worth gay bar early Monday.

Adam Granados said he’d just gotten off work and was in the parking lot at about 1:15 a.m. when he was attacked from behind.

“Someone hit me in the back of the head and knocked me down,” Granados said. “When I got up, he hit me in the face.”

Granados, who suffered severe cuts and a hairline fracture to his eye socket, said he doesn’t know if the incident was a hate crime, a simple assault or an attempted robbery. He doesn’t remember the assailant saying anything. Since the attack occurred at the end of Fort Worth’s gay Pride weekend, and he was wearing a Pride T-shirt outside a gay bar, he said he may have been targeted for his sexual orientation.

Fort Worth police spokeswoman Sharon Neal said the incident isn’t being investigated as a hate crime because no epithets were spoken and no evidence such as spray-painted slurs was left, although she said hate may have been the motive. No suspects or witnesses have come forward.

On Saturday, two protesters were arrested at the Pride parade in downtown Fort Worth. No other incidents related to Pride were reported.

Granados said the attacker tried to grab his phone but didn’t get it. He doesn’t know whether the suspect was trying to steal the phone or prevent him from calling for help. The attacker fled by car as Granados made it back inside the bar.

Someone in the Rainbow Lounge called 911. Granados filed a police report and was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital.

A CT scan revealed a hairline fracture under his eye socket. He needed two stitches on the corner of his eye and three under his eye. He also suffered scrapes and bruises. Today, he said, he has been able to open his eye slightly.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-335-4222.

—  David Taffet

Mom says teen son was attacked outside Plano Sports Authority after defending lesbian friends

Plano Sports Authority

The mother of a Plano teen is upset about how police have handled the assault of her son on Sunday.

Her son, 18, was exiting the Plano Sports Authority, at 601 Seabrook Drive, when two men approached him and his two female friends, who were holding hands. The men made derogatory comments to the lesbian couple, prompting her son to step in.

The men then kicked and beat the teen, taking out a gun and hitting him with it before running off. The mother said her son went to the hospital and needed several stitches for cuts on his face.

The son did not want to be identified and declined to comment.

His mother, however, was adamant about talking about the incident because it happened in the middle of the afternoon. She said Plano police initially told her not to file a report and she could not reach a detective until Tuesday.

“This is a violent hate crime because it happened because two girls were holding hands,” she said. “The fact that it’s not out there and nobody’s saying anything is driving me completely insane. And that Plano just wants it to go away.”

As for son standing up for his friends, she said her sister is a lesbian and she raised her son to respect others.

“My son’s always stood up for all of his friends because he knows, like we do, that people have a right to be who they are,” she said.

David Tilley, a spokesman for the Plano Police Department, said the basic report mentions that a male and two female teens were in the 600 block of Seabrook Drive when two black males approached them. The men then attacked the male teen, kicking him and beating him with a gun before fleeing on foot.

He said the incident happened around 2 p.m. and police responded to the hospital, later returning to the scene to investigate.

But the report does not mention what sparked the attack or any words that were exchanged between the teens and the men, Tilley said. He said it is up to investigators to determine whether it was a hate crime based on the investigation.

Detective Jerry Minton said investigators had learned that comments were made to the teen’s female friends and that he was beaten up after he stood up for them. But Minton said he didn’t know what the comments were.

The mother, whose name is being withheld to avoid identifying her son, said the comments started because the lesbian couple was showing affection. The mother said police told her they didn’t want her to go public because it could compromise their investigatio. But Tilley said police don’t have a specific description of the men involved.

“They don’t want people to know that a kid was assaulted in the middle of the afternoon in Plano in broad daylight, beaten with a gun, no one did anything about it and he was protecting his lesbian friends. They don’t want that out there,” she said. “I want it out there. Somebody has to know who these kids or guys are.”

—  Anna Waugh

Man charged with DWI after passing out at wheel, dragging firefighter who woke him in Oak Lawn

Aaron Scott Jenkins

Dallas police arrested a man early Tuesday morning after he allegedly dragged a firefighter with his vehicle after a scuffle near the Cedar Springs strip in Oak Lawn.

Aaron Scott Jenkins, 27, was arrested shortly after wrestling with 35-year-old Jesse Munoz, who was returning from a call with Dallas Fire-Rescue when he stopped behind a 2006 silver Mazda four-door car in the 3000 block of Douglas Avenue around 2:15 a.m., according to a Dallas police report.

When the light turned green, Munoz noticed the man driving the car in front of him was unconscious.

He tried to wake up the man before opening the driver’s side door, placing the vehicle in neutral and putting the parking brake on.

The man then woke up and told Munoz not to call police for help, but Munoz stated that he was going to call police, the report states. The man closed the door and began to wrestle with Munoz before putting his car in drive — and starting to drive off while still wresting with Munoz.

Munoz told police he was dragged for a few seconds before the man released him, scraping his arm on the man’s car. He declined medical treatment.

Police were dispatched at 2:30 a.m. and arrested Jenkins shortly after, a spokeswoman with the Dallas Police Department said. While the police report lists the offense as an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Jenkins was arrested for driving while intoxicated because Munoz’s injuries were only minor, she said.

Jenkins has since been released from the Dallas County Jail, according to jail records.

—  Anna Waugh

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in D.C. shooting

Police in Washington, D.C., have charged Darryl Willard with “assault with intent to kill while armed,” in connection with the shooting early Monday of a transgender woman in southeast D.C.

Washington, D.C. police are investigating the death of this unidentified person who was found wearing facial make-up and carrying a pair of light-colored heels

According to the Washington Post, after being shot at about 1:50 a.m. in the 2300 block of Savannah Street SE, the victim walked to the Seventh District Police Headquarters to report the crime. The Post reports that the victim knew her attacker and gave his name to police. Willard later turned himself in to authorities.

The victim, who is not named in the newspaper’s article, was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from her injuries.

In the meantime, police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was found early Saturday, according to reports by the Associated Press. Police said that when the man’s body was found, he had makeup on his face and had with him a pair of light-colored high-heel shoes. The man appears to be Hispanic or Middle Eastern and between the ages of 25 and 30.

Police said they have no information on whether the dead man was gay or transgender, and that his body showed no signs of trauma.

The Monday shooting was the fourth time in less than two months that a transgender woman has been shot or shot at in the D.C. area. On July 20, Lashai Mclean died after being shot by a man who approached her as she walked with a friend in the city’s Northeast section. The man asked Mclean a question and then pulled a gun and shot her before she could answer, according to the friend, who was uninjured.

Eleven days later and just blocks away from the site of Mclean’s murder, a suspect approached another trans woman, asked for change and then pulled a gun and shot at her before she could answer. The shot missed and the woman was uninjured.

And in August, a D.C. police officer on medical leave was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he stood on the hood of a car and fired into the car containing two men and two trans women. One of the men was injured slightly in the attack.

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Woman pleads guilty in case of videotaped beating of trans woman at McDonald’s

Teona Brown, 19, has pled guilty Thursday, Aug. 4, to first degree assault charges and a hate crime charge in connection with the beating of transgender woman Chrissy Polis last April in Towson,

Chrissy Polis

Md. The attack was captured on video by a McDonald’s employee — who filmed the assault rather than step in and try to stop it — last April. The video went viral online and was used, along with new footage from a surveillance camera, in court hearings this week. CBS Baltimore has this report on the plea.

Conviction on a first degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, and a hate crime conviction could add another 10 years. Because Brown pled guilty to the attack, prosecutors are recommending that the judge sentence her to five years in prison. A sentencing hearing has been set for next month.

Polis was present in court on Thursday, but told reporters she was nervous about being there and had no comment. “I just want to lay low and keep my life as normal as possible,” she said.

A second person charged in the attack was 14 at the time and has been charged with assault as a juvenile. Because she is a minor, her identity has not been released.

Below is a video of a news report aired on the Washington, D.C., Fox news program when the attack happened. It includes video of the attack and, as State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said this week, “The severity of the beating is much easier to understand when you see a video. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Well, a video’s worth a million.”

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Did Indian Director Onir Sexually Assault (Possibly Gay) Dunno Y Star Yuvraaj Parashar?

At first we thought Bollywood actor Yuvraaj Parashar was disowned by his family for starring in Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, where he played a gay man in what's been dubbed India's Brokeback Mountain. But is Parashar actually a gay man IRL? In defending the single-name Indian film director Onir — whose films tackled everything from AIDS to gays to abuse — against rumors that he sexually molested Parashar, gay activist Ashok Row Kavi has outed the actor. Or is Parashar's sexuality one big open secret? And are these sexual assault claims legit?

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Julius Bartender Attacked In Anti-Gay NYC Assault

Frederick Giunta, 25, was arrested Friday and charged with assaulting two men in a row in New York City's West Village last Tuesday. After robbing and hitting one, Giunta allegedly beat up a bartender at Julius, the storied gay bar, saying to him, "What are you going to do, you fucking nigger. You are a fucking faggot." He's charged with attempted robbery and misdemeanor as a hate crime. Who's exhausted tallying up all the statistics?


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Today is SU’s ‘Final Assault’ On Capitol Hill

Today, Servicemembers United is hosting a lobby day for supporters of DADT repeal. It’s called the “Final Assault.” That’s an appropriate name, because the next few days could make or break the effort to end DADT. If we can’t even get the compromise DADT language passed, we’re in trouble.

Today, they’ll be working the Hill to get Senators on board. And, they’ve clearly laid out the ask:

1) OPPOSE a motion to strike the repeal amendment from the bill
2) OPPOSE any replacement or substitute repeal amendment
3) OPPOSE any attempt to modify the repeal amendment in the bill
4) OPPOSE any filibuster attempt
5) SUPPORT final passage of the bill

The first hurdle is the filibuster attempt. As we reported yesterday, McCain is planning to block the Defense Authorization bill from even getting to the floor. Yep, choosing his own personal prejudices and homophobia over legislation to fund our troops and our military operations during two wars. The vote to end the filibuster should come next Tuesday. It is going to be a big test.

Support SU’s efforts today. You’ve got the talking points. Call your Senators. Like these young people in Colorado did. The Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121.




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—  John Wright