Hoodwinked

Visiting the Gayborhood

We’ve had a sighting!  Shortly after lunch hour on Thursday, July 2, one of our outgoing defendants was spotted on 14th Street NW between S Street NW and U Street NW.

Our intrepid investigative reporter nearly collided with Joe Price and his brother Michael as they were exiting one of the shops on the east side of the block.  The two were in the midst of wrapping up a conversation and saying their good-byes, followed with a brotherly hug.  Joe headed south on 14th and turned left onto S Street, while Michael made the short walk north and entered Go Mama Go!.Rue 14 logo

It should be noted that Michael Price is seen in the gayborhood with regularity.  Apparently he is juggling 2 jobs, at Go Mama Go! and at Rue 14 since his possible gig at Eye Candy DVDs has not yet come to fruition.

Our reporter noted how striking the differences and similarities are with these brothers.  Foremost, they are unmistakably brothers: same height, similar face, and now very much the same weight.  Living in McLean it seems has not pinched Joe’s food bill, yet.

But the differences make for a dramatic contrast.  Michael looked sloppy in faded denim, pierced ears with hoops, and brassy bleached blond hair.  Joe, while not cutting the athletic figure of days past, was well dressed in an expensive blue striped cotton shirt (maybe Thomas Pink), snug designer jeans, fashionable over-sized sunglasses and his salt & pepper hair immaculately coiffed.  There was no lack of confidence on display here.

Certainly the trouple’s (or is it duple?) tight budget does not allow for frivolous expenditures at trendy 14th Street boutiques.  This begs the question of why Joe made his way from the peace and anonymity of the suburbs into his old ‘hood. Off the top of his head, our intrepid reporter wondered:

– Was this a brotherly lunch get together to just catch up on things?
– Was Michael assisting Joe in selecting party favors for the 4th of July holiday?
– Was Joe briefing Michael for the upcoming hearing for Phelps Collins III?  Collins has a courtroom date in July for the abuse of his cats.  Perhaps Joe is doing some legal work after all.

Unfortunately, our reporter was running late for another appointment and was unable to interview the brothers to get the details.  Perhaps next time.

– posted by the Editors

27 comments for “Hoodwinked

  1. Nelly
    07/06/2009 at 12:23 PM

    Hmm. Interesting that the owners of Rue 14 are Asian American. I wonder if they have heard about the Wone case or know about Michael’s connection to it. The store looks pretty nifty. Will Michael be staging any burglaries?

    • badme
      07/10/2009 at 1:29 PM

      Go Mama GO is also owned by a vietnamese woman until she died a couple years ago. Now her husband and son run the store.

  2. concernednetizen
    07/06/2009 at 1:09 PM

    Are the three-o going to go on crash diets before the trial? Would it be better for them before the jury to look frail and harried or sleek and healthy?

  3. A fox
    07/06/2009 at 2:02 PM

    How is this relevant to.. anything? This blog has been quite the interesting read so far, but I fail to see what kind of useful information this blog post gives us about the murder or Robert Wone. I’d rather prefer more interesting analysis of evidence and less tmz.com-like reports like this one.

    • Bea
      07/06/2009 at 2:10 PM

      Relevance is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, evidence analysis is likely preferred by all, but it’s not simply ‘tmz’ to have curiosity as to what the defendants might be up to. Me, I’d like to see the trial starting soon, or newly discovered evidence, but I appreciate that the editors keep the posts coming during the wait – if nothing else but to keep attention on the murder and the need to find justice.

    • CDinDC
      07/06/2009 at 2:58 PM

      A…….stick around for the next 11 months. Sign on every day and contribute. You will come to know why a post about a “sighting” is relevant. I’ve followed this blog since it’s inception. And I will see it through until its end.

      Knowing Joe Price or any other of the defendants is out and about is VERY relevant to me.

      As Bea said, I wish this trial would start soon. For I hope their freedom to come and go……goes. Sooner than later.

      • Craig
        07/06/2009 at 5:32 PM

        CDDC – Correction: 10 months and four days. But who’s counting? 🙂

    • Doug
      07/06/2009 at 4:47 PM

      A fox;
      We’ve heard similar comments before, and we respect them. We try our level best to develop new leads, present new information – or new analysis of old information – and keep relevant to the matter at hand.
      And we’re still fairly confident we’ll have new, important, and relevant information to present as the clock spins down to May 2010.
      -Doug, co-editor

      • Clio
        07/06/2009 at 8:16 PM

        A minor typo, Editors: the word “reporter” is spelled incorrectly after the word “intrepid” in the sixth paragraph above.

        A. Fox, I did not find most of this entry unduly vituperative or frivolous. The continuing rapprochement between the Brothers Price is newsworthy, given the “burglary” of the fall of 2006. Perhaps, Joe now understands his younger sibling’s struggles with weight, if still not with dress. The very mention of Mr. Collins and his alleged exploits (outside of 1509 Swann) and the implied connection to Joe, however, may have been unnecessarily speculative.

        • Michael
          07/07/2009 at 2:11 AM

          Clio –

          Typo fixed…can’t find good free proof readers anywhere in this town.

          Thank you, too, for your contributions to the site and insights.

          – Michael, co-editor

  4. Bea
    07/06/2009 at 2:05 PM

    OMG – Michael Price has not one job but TWO? This cannot be true! Next thing you’ll be saying that Dylan is self-supporting!

  5. Anonymous in DC
    07/06/2009 at 2:27 PM

    We’ll if Joe has cut off the $, a boy’s gotta eat…

  6. CuriousInVa
    07/06/2009 at 4:43 PM

    It looks like both stores are owned by Asian Americans. What I really can’t figure out though is how someone supposedly so sloppy would get hired to work in a clothing store or even a gift shop? What could he possibly be doing for them – certainly not sales????

    • Clio
      07/06/2009 at 11:04 PM

      Maybe, in a bohemian or contrarian way, Michael’s disregard for fashion could be read by unsuspecting customers as a fashion statement. Of course, that would be a generous, “first-glance” spin on the available evidence.

  7. 07/06/2009 at 10:36 PM

    sorry a fox, but this is a wonderful post. one reminder for intrepid reporters everywhere, most cell phones have camera’s; and pictures are worth a thousand words. Still a very interesting post – keep going!

  8. Ex-Foxer
    07/06/2009 at 11:14 PM

    I used to work at Arent Fox when Joe was still there, and I can tell you that his brother was there with him ALL the time. I’m not exactly sure why, but even after everything went down with Robert Wone, Michael was still in the office with Joe all the time. I thought it was a bit suspect, especially since I would have assumed that Joe would want to minimize all attention being drawn to him, but I guess he didn’t see it that way.

    On a side note, I’ve actually been in Go Mama Go and have seen Michael in there working (I recognized him from my Arent Fox days). He’s basically just retail help. He doesn’t run the cash register or anything, just someone who greets you and asks if you need any help basically. He’s been working there for awhile now.

    • Bea
      07/07/2009 at 2:55 AM

      Thanks, Ex! Any other insight or impressions?

    • Susan
      10/25/2010 at 11:35 PM

      Isn’t this odd, if true? That his brother made regular appearances at his office? I don’t know anyone at a law firm who has regular sibling OR friend visits? Maybe downstairs in the lobby, maybe every now and then….but not this. Interesting.

      • CDinDC (Boycott BP)
        10/26/2010 at 2:56 PM

        Agree, Susan. I’m a law firm lifer….never have I seen a relative of any kind (not even spouses) that show up with any regularity.

        Maybe the visits were d-r-u-g related.

        • Kate
          10/26/2010 at 7:34 PM

          That IS odd…

          • Susan
            10/26/2010 at 10:03 PM

            It seems there were some odd “boundary” issues with JP., as in, very little in existence. Few boundaries re work being separated from family and private affairs, relationships with neighbors like S. Hixson, the guy living in the basement who became the third of the trouple, the brother’s violent boyfriend (who also had a criminal record-Hinton (?) staying over and being represented by JP, the basement friend/neighbor tripping with the trouple in Italy. It seems very conjoined and incestuous in may ways.

            But I agree with CD. There is something to do with drugs in this case. I think one would need drugs to exist with so little boundaries as it seems JP did/does.

            • Clio
              10/26/2010 at 11:21 PM

              With these seemingly off-putting integrations of home and work, Joe may have been trying to create his own utopian version of family, incorporating every LGBTQ person (with the Q representing “odd woman” Sarah) in his network into a client of his patronage. This “family”, though, may have been a drug-induced dystopia where it was only a matter of time in which someone would be sacrificed.

  9. 07/07/2009 at 12:50 AM

    Howabout we all visit Go Mama Go and enquire if they carry any knife sets? Say that its a gift for someone in the neighborhood who misplaced part of theirs.

  10. Themis
    07/07/2009 at 5:44 PM

    Like a gopher or groundhog, I am back for a moment or two.

    First, I am certain the editors are doing their best to pursue the limited info available. As an attorney whose practice involved representing persons charged with capital or non-capital first degree murder, I can attest to the fact that information, even Brady info to which the defense is entitled, is not always easy to come by.

    Second, cases often hinge on details. When personalities come into play, more often than not, the issue is what the jury will make of a given “personality” as presented by admissible evidence.

    Finally, sartorial preferences are useless as evidence absent a financial motive in my opinion.

    My younger sister and I both grew up southern redneck trailer park dwellers who received the benefit of different “subsidies.” We both went into the Army before college. We are both now attorneys.

    She makes twice what I do and could care less about fashion. As an indigent defender, I count every penny….But I also have a strong preference for Armani and Max Mara among others, not bought on retail of course. It just so happens that I like fashion and design (can you say MoMA?), and she doesn’t.

    The odds may differ slightly, but gays and straights and commoners and the modern bourgeoisie don’t necessarily conform to expectations regarding money, fashion, social mores, etc.

    Of course this may be a provincial view considering where I now live . . .

  11. Themis
    07/07/2009 at 5:47 PM

    And I should add . . . from whence I came.

  12. ex-A.F.
    07/07/2009 at 9:52 PM

    Ex-Foxer, a warm welcome to this board. Your contributions are appreciated. I left AF 2 months after Robert Wone’s murder, and I had limited contact with Price. As a paralegal, I supported primarily litigation attorneys.

    I do recall the firm-wide email which was sent the following morning after Wone’s murder, asking for Price’s support. Immediately, I suspected something was afoot. Dunno why, a sixth sense perhaps, intution, whatever, but I am glad this blog exists to honor Mr. Wone’s memory, and hopefully, his murder shall be ultimately solved.

  13. 04/27/2011 at 11:58 AM

    But wanna say that this is very useful , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

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