MPD Confirms 76 Year Old Owner of the Gold Corner Market, James Oh, Dies after Injured in Robbery July 4th

“Dear PoPville,

Did you hear about the Golden Market on 15th & Colorado getting held up on July 4th? Apparently the owner passed away. Have not heard anything, and was wondering if you knew about this?”

“Dear PoPville,

I live near the intersection of 14th and Colorado and was shocked to hear that the elderly owner of the Gold Corner Grocery was brutally attacked and later died. I never frequented his store but he was very quiet and unassuming. So, so sad. Surprisingly I have not seen anything in the news about this attack, has anyone else?”

From the Petworth Listserv:

“It is with great sadness that I report the death earlier today of James, owner of the Gold Corner Market.

James (age 77) and his wife sustained injuries during a robbery of their store on friday, July 4th. James had been beaten to unconsciousness, as per my sources, and never regained consciousness.

James’ wife was released from the hospital and is staying with her daughter.

As I learn of arrangements and/or any immediate needs of the family, I will pass them along to you.

The perpetrators are still on the loose….This should be a “wake up call” for us ALL to be more security conscious.

On another note, I just visited with Mrs. Fleming (owner of Soap City USA). She has been the victim of petty theft as of late. She stated that a young man had opened her soda machines on several occasions…..WITH A KEY…..and has gotten away with the money. Last wednesday was the most recent occurrence. Mrs. Fleming happened to walk into to her business, and witnessed the thief moving away from the soda machine and exiting the back door. She started to follow him and said, “Excuse me, I’d like to speak to you”. At that point, the individual started to run. Mrs. Fleming briefly pursued him (being the 78 year old bundle of energy that she is). The chase was then taken over by a passerby who chased the thief down Longfellow Street, then south on 13th Street. The thief then jumped into a southbound car on 13th Street (with someone else driving) and sped away. Luckily, the gentleman who was in pursuit was able to capture a mobile phone photo of the car (complete with license plate #) as it sped away……

James and his wife, along with Mrs. Fleming, were/are immigrants from other countries (Korea and Jamaica respectively), who came here to live out the “American Dream”. It is unfortunate, that they had to/ must endure these kind of hardships, ESPECIALLY given the fact that they are Senior Citizens.

Please keep James’ family in your thoughts/prayers…..”


“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a homicide and an armed robbery of an establishment which occurred in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, Northwest.

On Friday, July 4, 2014, at approximately 5:19 pm, members from the Fourth District responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male semi-conscious and suffering from head trauma. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 76-year-old James Oh of Rockville, Maryland.

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest in this incident. The suspects left the scene in a black Jeep Cherokee with DC tags DP 6033. The vehicle, which was stolen on July 4, 2014, has since been recovered. The suspects are described below:

Suspect One: Black male. He was wearing a red hooded sweat shirt and mask.

Suspect Two: Black male. He was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and mask.”

23 Comment

  • I swear, people are savages in this town. Civilized human beings do not do this sort of thing.

    • “This town”? I think if you look at other US cities and many other parts of the world you will find plenty of savage behavior , including some places that will make DC look relatively gentle. Not to take away from the tragedy of it and that such criminals should be dealt with harshly, but it does not seem to make DC something so unique.

  • Sick Sick Sick.
    The animals at the zoo are more civilized than some people in this town.

  • Wow, that is awful. We live a few blocks from here and there has been a recent spike in car break-ins/theft as well. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for almost 10 years with no incident and have always felt safe but hearing about this in addition to the increased activity on my block is quite disheartening. I hope the police are upping their presence.

    • I live a few blocks from here as well, and drive by that corner every day coming home from work. I’ve see a police car there every other day since that “no left between 4-6pm” sign was posted. I’m assuming this just happened to be the one day there wasn’t a cop there, it’s awful. That poor family.

  • Ugh, yet another Korean store owner is attacked and killed. So sad 🙁

  • 77 and beaten to death in his corner market? What a sad way to go.
    My condolences to his family, this is truly awful.

  • There has to be a special place in hell for someone who would beat a 77 year old man to unconsciousness then death. No amount of poverty, desperation, misguided upbringing can ever justify these kinds of actions. DISGUSTING.

    • I agree with you — nothing can justify such behavior. But I wonder why you would bring up the issue of “justification” in the first place. No one here has attempted to “justify” anything. In my experience, people who rant about what “poverty, desperation, and misguided upbringing” can and cannot “justify” tend to be people with very little firsthand experience of “poverty and desperation”.

      My condolences go out to the family and friends of James and his wife.

      • “But I wonder why you would bring up the issue of “justification” in the first place. No one here has attempted to “justify” anything. ”

        Because there are plenty of people — and newspapers — in this town and others that go out of their way to rationalize, and perhaps even excuse, uncivilized behavior.

  • I am so sad learning this. I was just in his market 2 hrs before this horrific attack. That corner needs a police camera. A few years ago the woman at Colorado Cleaners was robbed and attacked and there was the shooting at the bus stop. Something needs to be done to protect the small business owners on these corners. It truly is horrific.

  • Horrible. I can’t imagine placing so little value on human life.

  • This is really very sad. When we lived there, (in the co-op building above) my son and I would stop in to buy water for his lunch on the way to school. Mr. O and his wife were incredibly kind to him and always had a big smile for him. They were reserved, but very kind folks, and I simply can’t imagine someone doing this to them. Please post if there is anything that the community can do for the family.

  • This is sad for everyone in the community. My heart goes out to the family.
    Where is Muriel Bowser? If she wants to be Mayor, she needs to take care of her Ward.

  • I live a block away from this location and I haven’t seen any posting on the 16th Street Heights Civic Association listserv or on ABC 7. However, a source is stating, Mr. James is still alive, but he’s in serious condition. I haven’t seen any posting of his death on MPD 4th District listserv in regards to the victim passing. My prayers go out to this family.

  • I am shocked that this story made so little news. Even though I rarely went into the store, the owners seemed very nice. This is Incredibly sad and scary considering what appears to be a spike in crime. I contacted the 4th district police dept. and Muriel Bowser’s office about this. How on earth are we going to attract more residents or businesses to the area with this crime? I recommend everyone who lives in the area to contact Ms. Bowser’s constituent services office and the police dept.

  • Horribly sad. My heart goes out to their family and friends. This is so tragic.

    We live a few blocks (east), and I can’t wait to get out of here. Trashy people are everywhere, but there’s too much of a concentration around here.

  • It’s awful occurrences like this that make me wonder why our leaders or other prominent individuals don’t speak up about how some people in this city could contemplate, much less commit, an outrageous and horrendous act of violence like this. Somehow the simple message of “Thou shalt not kill” needs to needs to be inculcated into those that do this type of thing.

  • nightborn

    absolutely tragic. his poor family!

  • All cities have their crime. However, it feels like, from the stories I read, that there is an increasing level of gratuitous violence in this city. Robbers kill people AFTER they have gotten the money. Gosh, how could a 78 year old be a threat to two young men?

  • I wonder if there should be some sort of subsidy program where DC govt chips in for higher resolution cameras in a location like this. These cameras are shit and will do nothing to help identify the suspects.

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