Two men charged in attack of trans women in Georgia
Suspects in the 20 May attack of two trans women in Atlanta have been charged with disorderly conduct and are being held on $2,500 (â‚¬1,800) bond
Two suspects have been charged in the Atlanta attack, by several men on a train, of two trans women.
The organization that runs the city’s public transportation system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, made the announcement on 30 May.
‘Within the last 48 hours, Luther L. Thomas, 34, and Frederick L. Missick, 35, both of Atlanta, have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the May 20th incident that occurred about 11 pm. on a southbound train en route to Oakland City Station,’ MARTA said in its release.
Thomas and Missick (pictured) allegedly took part in an altercation where Janell Crosby and Tyra Woods were verbally harassed before one man threw a kick.
Other passengers did not help the two women. Woods was stripped and a group of men allegedly cheered.
The suspects, according to Project Q Atlanta, are being held in Fulton County Jail on a $2,500 (€1,800) bond. Both have been suspended from using MARTA and more serious charges are possible.
Authorities claim the case is being pursued, the attack of Crosby and Woods was videotaped and went viral, but allege there are no witnesses.
‘MARTA has pursued this case aggressively but the investigation has been hampered by a lack of witnesses willing to come forward,’ the statement said. ‘Police officers who later responded to the scene were unable to get statements from the victims and subsequent attempts to interview them were also unsuccessful.’
Crosby claims she tried to tell a MARTA officer of the incident but he showed no interest.
She has left Georgia to move back to New York where she has family.
Woods is staying with family in Cleveland, Ohio for a few weeks.
‘I don’t feel safe here. We don’t get no protection. There are always troublemakers,’ Crosby said to GA Voice.