Police seeking to identify man who may have info on assault that left transgender woman injured

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Charleston Police say a man asked a transgender woman about her gender identity before assaulting her on Aug. 19. (Source: AP)
Charleston Police say a man asked a transgender woman about her gender identity before assaulting her on Aug. 19. (Source: AP)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police have released a picture of a man who they say may have information of an assault that left a transgender woman injured.

The assault happened on Aug. 19 in the area of the parking garage at 28 Ann Street.

According to Charleston PD officials, the victim and her friends were walking from other King Street bars to the Ann Street parking garage when the assault happened.

Authorities say a follow-up investigation revealed that the attacker confronted the victim about the victim's gender identity prior to the assault.

Anyone with information is urged to call 843-743-7200 for the on duty CPD central detective or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or email Inv. Harris at LHarris@charleston-sc.gov.

Police respond to club for injured person 

The investigation into the incident began when a police officer was flagged down for an injured person.

When the officer got to the scene he saw the victim lying on the ground face first with blood coming from her head, and she was not responding.

A police report states the victim's sister and another witness were by the victim's side and told officers that a man got into a physical altercation with her as she was leaving the elevator to the parking garage following a verbal disturbance.

The sister said she was kicked by the suspect in the stomach, and at that time the victim went to defend her.

A report states the suspect then punched the victim on the head, knocking the victim unconscious.

Police say the suspect then took off through the parking garage towards Mary Street.

Another witness told the police officer that she saw a man punch the victim following an altercation, then fled.

The victim was transported to MUSC.

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