Adams Morgan hate crime suspects still on the loose

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Authorities still do not have anyone in custody in connection to a perceived hate crime that occurred in Adams Morgan early Saturday morning; an assault that D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says "doesn't make any sense."

The attack happened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday near 17th and Euclid streets Northwest, MPD officials say. Officials believe three black men approached a white man, shouted something along the lines of, "This is for Trayvon Martin," then beat and robbed him.

Lanier told NewsChannel 8's Bruce DePuyt that they're searching for three suspects in the case. She said Tuesday morning on Newstalk that the nature of the comments made by the suspects do lead her to believe that the assault was motivated by race.

"Taking out an act of violence against innocent parties for any reason doesn't make any sense," Lanier said. "If you have something you're upset about, there are plenty of ways to show your displeasure."

The victim suffered minor injuries during the attack, which Lanier believes is an isolated case.

"If this is the case, it's lose-lose for everybody," Lanier said.

Lanier went out of her way to mention that beyond this attack, the vast majority of District residents have found appropriate ways to display their displeasure over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

"People are good in the District about protesting peacefully," she said. "People did it the right way. That's what we would hope most people would do in response."