Transgender woman sexually assaulted in D.C.

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Washington's Metropolitan Police Department Department is searching for a suspect who sexually assaulted and robbed a transgender woman on Sept. 23.

The Advocate reports that the assault occurred at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday. The man approached the woman, hit her and forced her at gunpoint to a building in the in the 5000 block of East Capitol Street Northeast, where he sexually assaulted her. He took the woman's purse as he fled.

Authorities described the suspect as a dark-complexioned man, in his early 20s, about 5'7", with brown eyes and short braids. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

The assault is the latest in a series of attacks on transgender women in the city in the past year.

Earlier this month, Washington unveiled an unprecedented transgender awareness campaign.