WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - On Wednesday, leaders in D.C. and Prince George’s County held a joint community walk in a Northeast Washington neighborhood in an attempt to promote safer, stronger communities.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks acknowledged the neighborhood, which straddles Eastern Avenue, is a hotbed for violence and most recently the setting for several crimes, including homicides involving transgender women and prostitution.
Back in November, FOX 5 first reported that a DC Police lieutenant and a Prince George's County police officer were under investigation for allegations of coercion and solicitation of sex workers in the same neighborhood.
FOX 5 spoke with two of the alleged victims, who claim both officers were on duty when they forced the women to perform sex acts in exchange for not locking them up.
Fast forward to January of this year, in the 700 block of Eastern Avenue, a transgender prostitute was shot while working on the street, and just over a week ago, a 27-year old transgender woman was shot to death just over the D.C. border in Fairmount Heights.
Ashanti Carmon's homicide remains unsolved and no arrests have been made in the case.
Despite these crimes happening in the same vicinity just months apart, police maintain there is no nexus between the cases.
Both the DC Police lieutenant and the Prince George's County officer allegedly involved in the coercion and solicitation of the transgender prostitutes are on administrative leave and have been suspended.
The USAO has now been investigating this case for nearly six months and there has still been no disposition in the case.