Sam Sanchez (Photo via LinkedIn)A Republican National Committee staffer who lives on Capitol Hill has left his job after facing allegations that he sexually assaulted two women, has learned.

Sam Sanchez, 31, was charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse in connection with unwanted sexual contact with a woman in January and another woman in August 2014, according to court records for cases filed on Tuesday and May 7. Both of the suspected incidents happened in Capitol Hill-area apartments.

Named one of The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful” in 2013, Sanchez was the external affairs coordinator for RNC co-chairman Sharon Day. He is also the son of Filipino singer Keno.

Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to the charges in D.C. Superior Court.

“Mr. Sanchez denies the allegations against him,” said lawyer Jason Kalafat, who is representing Sanchez. “Mr. Sanchez has resigned his position with the Republican National Committee to avoid becoming a distraction from the important work the Committee does.”

It wasn’t immediately clear when Sanchez resigned, however.

A representative of the Republican National Committee didn’t have an immediate comment.

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Wale and Mayor Muriel Bowser at Bowser's inauguration party (Photo via Instagram/Wale)

(Updated at 2:25 p.m. Friday) Details are emerging about the free concert the rapper Wale will give in the District this weekend.

As Hill Now was first to report, the D.C. native will perform a free show on Saturday coordinated by Events DC and the the city-funded Washington, DC Economic Partnership.

The “secret” concert the D.C. native announced on Twitter overnight Thursday is rumored to be coming to H Street NE, to the parking lot of the 1207 H St. NE location of AutoZone. An event website that Events DC launched Friday lists H Street Main Street as a sponsor, plus &pizza, which has a location on the strip.

A press release sent Friday said, “This event will showcase the District’s thriving, diverse businesses including those located on the H Street corridor.”

The show will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday and requires an RSVP by email.

Julie Weber, a spokeswoman for the economic partnership, said Thursday that she could neither confirm nor deny that Wale will perform along the H Street corridor. An event organizer also declined to discuss the location.

Calls to AutoZone and to WestMill Capital Partners, which will redevelop the lot, went unanswered.

Wale, who grew up on Peabody Street NW and performed at Mayor Muriel Bowser’s inauguration party, gave another “secret” show in New York earlier this week, to promote the release of “The Album About Nothing.”

The nonprofit economic partnership promotes D.C. and recently coordinated the We DC exhibit at the South by Southwest festival, to boost the District as a creative hub.

Photo via Instagram/Wale


Police Chief Cathy Lanier and First District Commander Jeff Brown

District police will work to improve community relations in response to reports of racial profiling and unwarranted stops, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a community meeting on K Street NE last night (Thursday).

Young black men who grew up north of the H Street NE corridor are constantly stopped by police and questioned about crimes, longtime residents told Lanier and First District Commander Jeff Brown.

Philip Johnson, a financial consultant who lives on the 800 block of 5th Street NE, said his 23-year-old son gets questioned by police an average of once a week when he’s home from college. Police stops of young black men seem to have increased as the H Street NE corridor has drawn newcomers, Johnson, 71, said.

“My son has to show his ID almost each time his feet hit the street,” said Johnson, who Lanier said she invited to speak at the meeting after they talked for an hour-and-a-half by phone.

“The colonists have arrived and we have an occupying army enforcing the rules,” he said.

Lanier said newcomers to the area are misinterpreting everyday scenarios as crimes, like reporting drug deals when they see young black men standing on a corner.

“You have a lot of people here who haven’t lived in an urban neighborhood who are calling police for a lot of new things,” she said at the meeting held at J.O. Wilson Elementary School.

Johnson agreed with that assessment.

“A couple of guys walk through an alley like they’ve done their whole lives, and the newly arrived neighbors think something untoward is happening,” he said.

Lanier said officers will reduce unnecessary stops by getting to know residents one by one, and by getting more officers out of patrol cars and onto bikes and Segways.

“The officers should know who lives in the neighborhood,” she said. “You see a car window open when it’s raining and you know whose door to knock on … That’s what a beat officer is.”

Brown defended police and said officers make stops based on information reported to them about suspects.

“The majority of the time, we’re responding to a description we received,” he said.

Mozella Boyd Johnson, another 5th Street NE resident, said an officer has repeatedly come to her home this fall, demanded information about her family and refused to provide his name. Her new neighbors apparently accused the family of selling drugs.

“These new people just got here two months ago, and we’re getting all this drama,” Johnson said.

Lanier said the treatment of Johnson’s family by a bike officer is under investigation. She promised continued conversations with locals about racial profiling.

“We’re not going to back away from the issues. I don’t want you to back away from the issues either,” she said.

Philip Johnson said he was open to a one-on-one meeting between police and his family, as Lanier suggested, but that he wasn’t sure a sitdown would prevent his son from being stopped.

“[Lanier] is saying all the good things, but the officers on the beat are not operating like she says.”


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