On Friday, two Guy Mason Recreation Center workers were attacked inside the 3600 Calvert St. facility, The Washington Post reports. The Post states that a man entered the building and accused the two victims of taking his belongings. He slammed one woman into a file cabinet and threw her across the floor; pushed another person against a wall; threw a coffee pot; and pulled a phone from the wall, the Post states. The suspect, who has no fixed address, was arrested, according to a police department spokesman.
A poster to the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup suggests a possible motivation for the assault. For some time, a homeless man had been camping at Guy Mason and picking up trash on the grounds, she writes. On Wednesday, the list member saw “four police cars, one motorcycle cop, and a larger police vehicle (all Secret Service, not DC)” speed to the man’s encampment, where he was standing with a Guy Mason employee. “The Guy Mason employee, the homeless man, and the police were still there about 20 minutes later when I walked by with my dog,” the list member writes. “They were photographing the homeless man.”
On Friday, the list member noticed that the homeless man’s belongings “were suddenly gone.” She speculates that a confrontation on Wednesday may have led to the removal of the homeless man’s belongings on Friday, which in turn triggered the violent outburst.