The bruises on his chest have not yet fully healed. The right side of his mouth will be wired shut at least the next month. He is still unable to ingest anything more than anything more than protein shakes and soup broth.
“Physically, I’m about 50 percent, emotionally, I’m about the same,’’ the victim told the Post. He is not being identified to preserve his safety.
“I just try not to think about the fact that the person who did this to me is still out there.”
No arrest has been reported. The victim said he is happy with the diligence with which the Metropolitan Police Department is handling the case, but is unsure whether or not they’ll be able to find suspects without more witnesses. The victim’s memory is blurry.
This is what he remembers:
The 29-year-old was on his way home from hanging out at Hank’s Oyster Bar with a friend. A cab dropped him off around 9 p.m. near Georgia Avenue and Irving Street Northwest, a few blocks away from his home. A group of people attacked him. He doesn’t remember how many – there were at least two, but probably more. He has no idea what they looked like.
He fell to the street, and faded in and out of consciousness. They kicked him and shouted racial and homophobic slurs before he got away.
“I was in flight mode at the point,’’ he recalled. “I tried to get help, but I didn’t even know where I was.”
He called his partner, who stayed home because he doesn’t like oysters, for help when he was attacked again. He doesn’t remember if it was the same group of people, but at least one of these attackers were female. They dragged him. They stole his iPad and cell phone from his messenger bag. They wrapped the bag around his neck.
By the time his partner arrived with the police, the victim’s face was covered in blood. At George Washington University Hospital,
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