Two Stabbed, One Woman Killed Outside Macombo Lounge on Georgia Ave

5335 Georgia Ave, NW

MPD first reported:

“On 11/15/13 at approximately 02:00 AM in the 5300 block of Georgia avenue, MPD was called for a person suffering from an apparent laceration to the body. MPD officers immediately arrived on the scene. However, this person was transported to an area hospital and succumbed to the injury. There is no suspect lookout at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact MPD @ (202) 727-9099.”

A readers sends an update from WJLA:

“D.C. Police said they do not have a description for a suspect in the stabbings, which happened just before 2:15 a.m. outside the Macombo Lounge at 5335 Georgia Ave NW.”

They say the woman killed was a former dancer at the club.

More from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing which occurred in the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest.

On Friday, November 15, 2013 at approximately 02:16 am, officers from the Fourth District responded to the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest for the report of a traffic accident. Upon their arrival, they located an unconscious adult female suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The victim was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, pending an autopsy.

The decedent is identified as 40 year-old Candance Reed of Northwest, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

17 Comment

  • Lucky for Macombo, the ABRA Board will only give them a little slap on the wrist after Lanier does the 96 hour closure. You need a much bigger body count to lose your liquor license in DC. Anything under five seems to be a-okay.

  • That woman’s shadow looks like a pool of blood. Super creepy.

  • What does it take to shut a place like this down? How tragic. And aren’t they trying to get a liqueur permit?

    I will be contacting my elected officials. I hope other do the same. This place is a stain on our great city.

  • andy

    I don’t live right by but I pass the place and for some reason I had believed this place had closed.

  • close this shithole please. Improve Georgia ave!

  • Yeah I live down the street from the bar and it’s a nuisance for all kinds of reasons. But what happened last night is a little out of the ordinary.

    The police announced at a press conference today that the dispute that led to the stabbing started after the victim had left the club. Outside on the sidewalk she saw someone she knew, who had driven to the club and whose car was parked at the curb, but who never entered. They began a conversation that grew violent and ended in tragedy. A man who tried to intervene was also slashed. The perpetrator fled the scene, leaving his car. The club provided a videotape of the events, and is reportedly cooperating fully with the police. The police announced they would not be closing the club.

    It’s odd timing b/c the bar’s liquor license happens to be up for renewal. For the last few weeks I have been discussing this with my neighbors and ANC commissioner, and today I began collecting signatures on a petition requesting that ABRA deny the club a license this time. I’m told the neighbors have tried several times to get the club out of the neighborhood, obviously without success.

    I’m a little afraid that this dramatic event will distract attention from the very real and frequent damage their patrons do. Their terrible behavior does not capture the headlines, but it’s very real for us. I learned today that a couple a few doors down, whom I’m rather fond of, are moving out because she is frequently awakened in the middle of the night by the rowdy patrons on the street after the club closes. Drunk drivers on our block have damaged residents’ cars (my own car, parked in front of my house, was totaled last year by a careening SUV that fled the scene; the driver was never caught). Lots of trash and litter on the street and in our front gardens, especially after weekend nights. And public urination. Lot of guys hanging around on the corner. My daughter has been harassed and refuses to walk by there anymore.

    If I had my way, the liquor license would only be renewed on the condition that the business moves to a more commercial area. It’s not my favorite thing, the strip bar, but apparently some people seek it out, and I suppose it’s good for tax revenue. Fine, but it’s just not a good fit in a residential neighborhood.

    • Thanks for the info, wasn’t aware of a lot of that. We live a couple blocks away, and while I have no issues with a strip club (used to work at one back in the day), I do have issues with how run down this one appears, but mostly the activity that goes on outside. Must be hell for the neighbors right there. I’d support any efforts to close this place–or that at least force them to clean up their corner and be a good business neighbor.

    • My Daughter 26 years old was assault on the front of this club 2 days before and was very bad injured , her windshield has been smatche with a brick , exactly on the same place where this killing happen , I went that night and ask the cops who came to escort me to this club , I just want to know more they did not want to come inside this club…………
      My daughter was left inconscient for 3 hours on the street no one call ambulance or police, Police STation just 2 blocks down the street.
      Police told me they never had problem with this club……………….How Stranger 2 days later a woman was stabbed to death????????
      I think they should close this club or have police watching and patrol coming evey 15 minutes.

  • I wonder if only residents of the ANC can sign that petition. I live further don on GA, but I’d love to see that place gone. There is already a ripper bar on Georgia, The House. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them having the same kind if issues.

  • I find it amazing (read: depressing) that a woman is murdered and all anyone here cares about is closing down a business because it doesn’t fit their image of what should be in the neighborhood. I’m sure everyone here commenting feels as if they are such better people than those that frequent this establishment……not from where I’m standing.

  • I used to work in that type of establishment, and the people kills me when they want to blame the club for the incidents that happen on the outside. That club as been there for years just like some of those residents. The club pay tax also, and it’s a legal business with a licenses.That business provides jobs for people. The new people to the neighborhood shouldn’t try and get the club close, that club was there before they moved in the neighborhood
    They should of thought about that before they moved in the area. Closing that club won’t help the violence it will just take away people’s livily hood and prevent a place for people to go, just putting more crime on the streets.

    • Did you even read Vered’s post? It’s perfectly logical to blame the club for “incidents that happen on the outside” when it’s the club’s patrons littering, urinating in public, etc.
      I get the feeling that many of the neighbors wouldn’t mind the strip club so much if it was just a strip club and didn’t spawn littering, etc. OUTSIDE of the club.
      I’m not so sure “It was there before you were” is a valid defense in this situation (or in others). This isn’t like people moving into newly built lofts in Adams Morgan and discovering that (shock, horror) they’re living in the vicinity of noisy nightclubs — that should have been obvious from the beginning. This seems more like a case of the neighborhood changing and new residents demanding an end to nuisance behavior that long-time residents perhaps also disliked but felt powerless to change.

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