WASHINGTON (WNEW) — A leader of the District’s Dupont Circle neighborhood allegedly used a racial slur, threw personal items belonging to homeless people, and attacked his neighbor with a chemical substance during a bizarre early-morning rampage this week.
Witnesses say Robert Leo Dwyer, who was elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative in 2012, was “acting crazy” on the corner of 17th Street and Corcoran Street NW shortly before 3 a.m. on July 28.
Dwyer tossed the items into the street before approaching his neighbor and uttering the racial slur, according to the police report. He then swung the bottle at the man and sprayed him with a chemical substance which irritated the skin on his arm, the neighbor told detectives.
The homeless persons’ items were still in the street when the neighbor returned with police a short time later.
Rodney Miller, the homeless man whose belongings were thrown across 17th Street, tells WNEW senior correspondent Mark Segraves that he’s lived in a cardboard box on that corner for several years. He says it took him three hours to collect his belongings and to find his diabetes medication.
According to Miller, Dwyer has harassed him several times in the past while complaining about homeless living on his street.
Dwyer admitted scattering the property in the street when detectives interviewed him at his apartment later that evening. He said he was spraying a cleaning solution to help cover the bad smell caused by the homeless population. He denied using a racial slur.
“I’m shocked to hear he did something like this,” an ANC commissioner, who did not want to be identified, told Segraves.
Dwyer serves as the chair of the ANC 2B Zoning Commission.
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