Lavender is running this public service announcement at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Daniel James Rick, who often goes by “D.J.,” age 29, has been diagnosed HIV-positive since 2006. Now in custody, he has been charged with crimes in two separate incidents:
• Offense (on or about February 5, 2010): one count of Assault in the Third Degree—Knowing Transfer of Communicable Disease.
• Offense (on or about October 15, 2009): two counts of Assault in the Third Degree—Knowing Transfer of Communicable Disease.
The first offense involved one victim, while the second offense involved two other victims, one of whom subsequently tested HIV-positive. In both incidents, Rick allegedly engaged in unprotected sex with the victims, failing to inform them of his HIV-positive status.
According to the Minneapolis Police Department, four additional possible victims have come forward with information about encounters with Rick. The police believe other possible victims remain to be heard from.
Rick apparently would cruise Internet sites—specifically, Manhunt.net, Gay.com, and Adam4Adam.com—using the online handle “skyfire2be”. He also was known to frequent the Saloon bar at 830 Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis.
Anyone with further information about Rick is urged to contact Sgt.
David Mattson of the Minneapolis
Police Department at (612) 673-2358.