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NYPD investigating sexual assault at Stonewall

New York City police are searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a transgender woman in a bathroom at the historic Stonewall Inn bar in Greenwich Village.

Police said this week the 25-year-old woman was in a unisex bathroom at the bar when a man who has not been identified entered and sexually assaulted her.

Police said the suspect fled the bathroom, but then returned a short time later and assaulted the woman a second time.

Police said the assault happened around 11:40 p.m. on March 26. The woman was treated at an area hospital.

There have been no arrests but the New York Daily News reported that surveillance video shows the suspect sought by authorities.

Stonewall Inn is the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the LGBT civil rights movement.

Anyone with information regarding the assailant’s identity is urged to call New York’s Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

There have been no arrests but the New York Daily News reported that surveillance video shows the suspect sought by authorities.
There have been no arrests but the New York Daily News reported that surveillance video shows the suspect sought by authorities. — PHOTO: Courtesy Daily News

2 men with pink poodle attacked in Portland suburb

Police in Hillsboro, Ore., a suburb of Portland, say two men were out walking a pink poodle when a stranger reportedly pulled a U-turn, jumped out of his vehicle and hit one of them in the head with a wrench.

Investigators are working to determine whether the incident, which occurred on March 1, could be a bias crime because the attacker reportedly shouted an anti-gay epithet.

Police spokesman Mike Rouches said the assault victim, a 26-year-old man, suffered a bump to the back of his head but did not require medical treatment.

Police arrested a suspect early March 2 near a Target store after finding a vehicle that matched the description provided by the victim. The suspect’s wife was inside the vehicle and the suspect, identified as George Allen Mason Jr., 22, was found nearby on foot.

Mason faces charges of intimidation, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless driving.

His wife was cited for interfering with police.

Gay mayoral candidate’s body found by Mississippi levee

Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found.

The discovery of the openly gay candidate’s body near a Mississippi River levee Wednesday stunned residents of Clarksdale, a Blues mecca in the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta.

Authorities were investigating McMillian’s death as a homicide, and said a person of interest was in custody, but released few other details.

“There’s a lot of people upset about it,” said Dennis Thomas, 33, who works at Abe’s Barbeque.

“Why would somebody want to do something like that to somebody of that caliber? He was a highly respected person in town,” Thomas said.

The 34-year-old Democrat wasn’t running what many would consider a typical campaign for political office in Mississippi, which is known for its conservative politics.

Campaign spokesman Jarod Keith said McMillian’s campaign was noteworthy because he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in the state.

McMillian, who was black, had also forged ties while serving for four years as international executive director of the historically black Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Photos on McMillian’s website and Facebook page show him with a younger Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat.

Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said McMillian’s body was found Wednesday morning near the levee between Sherard and Rena Lara. It was sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

Meredith said the case is being investigated as a homicide, but he declined to speculate on the cause of death.

Authorities had been looking for McMillian since early Feb. 26, when a man crashed the candidate’s SUV into another vehicle on U.S. Highway 49. McMillian was not in the car.

The sheriff’s office said Feb. 28 that a person of interest was in custody, but had not been formally charged.

Will Rooker, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, declined to release other details.

McMillian was CEO of MWM & Associates, described on its website as a consulting firm for nonprofit organizations. In addition to his role at the fraternity from 2007 to 2011, McMillian had previously worked to raise funds as executive assistant to the president at Alabama A&M University and as assistant to the vice president at Jackson State University, according to his campaign.

A statement from the fraternity said he had secured the first federal contract to raise awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS on communities of color. It noted that Ebony Magazine had recognized him in 2004 as one of the nation’s “30 up-and-coming African Americans” under age 30.

Supporters say McMillian – a 1997 graduate of Clarksdale High School who graduated magna cum laude from Jackson State and held a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota in philanthropy and development – had big ideas for Clarksdale, a town of about 17,800 people.

The town is well known to Blues fans as the home of the crossroads, where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil for skills with a guitar. Academy Award-winning actor and Mississippi native Morgan Freeman is part owner of the Ground Zero Blues Club in town. Clarksdale is also hounded by the poverty typical of the Mississippi Delta.

McMillian was hoping to win the office being vacated by Mayor Henry Espy Jr., the brother of Mike Espy, a former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary. Henry Espy decided not to seek re-election after more than two decades in office. Espy’s son, state Rep. Chuck Espy, and Bill Luckett, a partner in Freeman’s club, were among the other well-known candidates in the race. The primary is May 7.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute tweeted: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Marco McMillian, one of the 1st viable openly (hash)LGBT candidates in Mississippi.”

McMillian’s campaign said in a statement that words cannot describe “our grief at the loss of our dear friend.”

“We remember Marco as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life,” the statement said.