Stolen Designer Clothes Recovered
- Law enforcement officials recovered women’s designer clothing from the residence of Sam Brinton, a biological male who considers himself to be non-binary, and a former official in the Biden administration, during a search in May.
- The clothes belonged to Tanzanian fashion designer Asya Khamsin, who had reported them missing in 2018 at Ronald Reagan National Airport.
- The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department (MWAA) confirmed that the stolen items were returned to Khamsin.
Ongoing Legal Proceedings
- The MWAA is withholding further details, citing ongoing legal proceedings. However, they noted that evidence photos were retained for future prosecution.
- Sam Brinton has been charged with felony grand larceny, and the preliminary hearing is postponed until December.
Brinton’s Troubled History
- Brinton, 35, identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. He was dismissed from the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy last December.
- Brinton has been arrested multiple times for stealing women’s luggage at airports. In past cases, Brinton received lenient sentences, including mental health evaluations and community service.
- Asya Khamsin took legal action against Brinton after recognizing her stolen custom designs in public photos of him.
My name is Asyakhamsin tanzanian fashion designer based in houston Texas USA 🇺🇸 I lost my bag 2018 in DCA recently I heard the news on @FoxNews about @sambrinton luggage issue surprisingly I found his images wore my custom made outfitswhich was in the lost bag on 2018 pic.twitter.com/lJwLHtMJlz
— asyakhamsin (@asyakhamsin1) February 20, 2023
- Khamsin had initially reported the theft to the police and Delta Air Lines but gained traction only after recognizing her designs on Brinton. She has filed a civil lawsuit against him.