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Texas Man Charged With Attacking Trans Woman; FBI Seeks Other Victims

Salih Alhemoud
Salih Alhemoud

Salih Alhemoud, 28, of Houston, is accused of assaulting a trans woman he met on Grindr, whom he called a "demon," and authorities say he's a suspect in other, similar crimes.

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The FBI's Houston Field Office has put out a call for other people who may have been victimized by a man who's in custody on charges of assaulting a transgender woman he met on Grindr.

Salih Alhemoud, 28, of Houston, was formally charged in October with committing a hate crime, kidnapping, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas.

He is accused of setting up a date with the trans woman August 29 via Grindr and then, upon arriving at her apartment, pulling a gun on her and demanding money and possessions. Authorities allege that when she could not provide any cash, he "hit her with his pistol and stomped her on the face and chest," the press release says.

"He also allegedly told her she was going to die and made statements such as 'my religion considers you a demon,' and that she 'was a demon like the others, all you trans people,' among other homosexual and transgender slurs," the release continues.

The FBI and Houston Police Department are conducting the investigation together, and they said Alhemoud is suspected of committing additional, similar crimes. They ask that anyone who was a victim or knows of one call the FBI Houston Field Office at (713) 693-5000.

Alhemoud is still jailed in advance of further court proceedings because a hearing determined he is a danger to the community. If he is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.