A 21-year-old transgender Atlanta woman says she was robbed of $500 by a longtime friend and attacked by that woman's boyfriend after they arrived home from a road trip to Alabama.
Jasmine Lopez says the man attacked and choked her while they sat in the Toyota Camry of her friend in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Lenox Road. The pair found the money in her pocket and fled as the woman's friend – a stripper at a Cheshire Bridge Road club who also styles her hair – helped him find the cash, according to an Atlanta police incident report.
“He attacked me from the back,” Lopez told Project Q Atlanta. “She was digging in my pockets. I was screaming for help. I'm only 4-foot-11. I yelled for them to stop attacking me and hurting me.”
Lopez told police that she and her friend returned from a trip to Alabama on Sept. 13. They traveled there so Lopez could get $500 from a cousin. On the return trip, she fell asleep in the car and when she woke up, the friend had driven them to her apartment and wanted to buy some marijuana. So they drove to an apartment complex on Lenox Road. That's when the woman's boyfriend jumped into the car.
After a few minutes, the man, sitting in the back seat, grabbed Lopez from behind and wrapped his arms around her neck as her friend searched her pockets for the cash. The struggle ripped out a piercing from Lopez's lip, she said. The attack also left marks on her neck and chin, according to the incident report.
“Give me the money or you'll be sorry,” Lopez said the man kept telling her.
After the boyfriend fled, the woman drove Lopez to her apartment, also on Lenox Road, and dropped her off. Lopez said she didn't know where she was so she stayed in the car after the robbery.
Lopez told police that she was targeted for being transgender. She told Project Q that she first met the man when her friend was styling her hair.
“When I came to get my hair done, he wanted to leave until I got it done because he was uncomfortable while I was around,” Lopez said. “So I was so confused as to why he was in the car when he didn't want to be around me.”
Lopez said she grew up with the woman's sisters in Cleveland and has been told she returned there after the robbery. No arrests have been made in the case.
“I don't why they robbed me. It was a shocker to me,” Lopez said.
[h/t Creative Loafing]