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Three Charged in Possible Transgender Hate Crime

Police said a transgendered individual and a friend were beat up in downtown Silver Spring by a group of students.

Hate crime charges are pending on three men who are accused of beating and kicking a transgendered person and a friend, according to a report from Montgomery County police's 3rd District. 

The victim told police that he and a friend were followed by a group of four people while walking near the intersection of Colesville Road and Ramsey Avenue in downtown Silver Spring around 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. The suspects made comments about the victims' sexuality before assaulting the two, according to police.

The suspects ran away when a bystander tried to help the victims, police said. 

Preliminary charges include three counts of assault and two counts of discriminatory harassment. A 21-year-old male from Baltimore and two men from Washington, DC, ages 22 and 28 were charged in the assault. 

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