Three arrested for attack on a transgender woman in a DC Laundromat

She asked that her face be blurred for safety's sake. Three arrests have been made since this interview was recorded. Trigger Warning, Graphic violence, and video of stitches and stapled wounds. The article continues below.


Three people have been arrested for the brutal stabbing and beating of Nysia Armstead in a DC Laundromat on June 6, 2021. Armstead spent days in the hospital recovering after the attack. She told WUSA9 that the attackers screamed “anti-gay slurs” at her during the beating she suffered.

“I got stabbed in my head, where I have 18 stitches right here,” Armstead said in an exclusive interview in her Southeast, D.C. apartment. “And I have like 40 stitches in my right arm.”

She asked that her face be blurred for her own safety.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District announced three arrests have been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) offense that occurred on Sunday, June 6, 2021, in the 1600 Block of Benning Road, Northeast.

On Friday, June 11, 2021, 28-year-old Asia Whitehead, 27-year-old Rhonda Whitehead, and 29-year-old Melvin Taylor, all of Northeast, DC, were arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this offense as potentially being motivated in whole or in part by hate or bias.

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