Man Stabbed Multiple Times after not giving up his bike at 7th and N St, NW


From MPD:

“Assault in the 1200 block of 7th St., NW

On July 9, 2015, at approximately 11:00 pm, the complainant was approached by an unknown suspect who demanded the complainant’s bike. The complainant did not comply and the suspect then stabbed the complainant multiple times. The complainant was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

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  • Things haven’t been going well for that three-square-block area as of late. Shootings, now a stabbing. The police need to kick it up a notch.

  • Possible lesson: If a shady/threatening looking character comes up to you and demands something, maybe you should just give it to them.

    • Or if you’re on a bike, don’t slow down/stop for anyone.

      • I would still argue for giving it to them. A guy in Sherman Circle tried biking away from some assailants and was shot to death back in 2010.

  • this is crazy. I hate violence, but reading about crime on innocent people like in this story makes me super angry. It really tests the pacifist in me. Why the F*** can’t people just behave.

  • this city…

  • WTH??!! Getting mugged and stabbed in DC has become a daily routine. This is ridiculous.

  • Hope we see a Props to the Cops on this incident soon. This summer is getting disturbing very quickly.

  • Since nobody has really been able to adequately explain the national drop in violent crime during the 2000’s, we probably shouldn’t be surprised to see the trend reversing. But it doesn’t bode well for DC’s future that our elected leaders basically don’t care.

    • I thought the drop was explained as a combination of factors ranging from the removal of lead from gasoline to increased accessibility to birth control and abortions.

    • I doubt it’s reversing, the profile is probably just different. Back in the day it was gang bangers going after each other due to drug wars, crack, etc. That cooled off. So maybe while crime in general is statistically lower, maybe its more equal opportunity (for lack of a better explanation) and less concentrated among certain populations. Its not that crime is necessarily up, but different people notice or experience it.

      • +1 to “It’s not that crime is necessarily up, but different people notice or experience it.”

      • Well, homicides in most eastern cities are up dramatically this year, and at least in DC, they’ve been on the increase for the last couple of years. Agreed – 2-3 years isn’t much of a “trend”, but homicide numbers count everyone equally, so its probably not just reporting.

    • west_egg

      “our elected leaders basically don’t care”
      Now that’s just not true. Bowser is on record as being “very concerned.” Why, as recently as last month she made the bold statement that “Any level of violence and certainly homicide, you don’t want to see in the city.” If that’s not visionary leadership, then I don’t know what is! For crying out loud she’s going on WALKS — sometimes two in one week!! If this keeps up we might even get a study.

  • The stretch of 7th from N-P is one I always avoid at night. Seems like almost every two weeks something happens there. I hope there is a props to the cops on this soon – whoever stabs someone multiple times over a bike deserves to be locked up for a long time with the key thrown away.

  • I think it’s time for me to find a new route. Enough of this shit.

  • I hope this doesn’t come across as unfeeling…but I really want to know what happened to the bike.

  • Why does everyone act confused about how this kind of thing happens. There are projects littered all over Shaw and these crimes all seem to happen right near them all.

    You want to solve it? Tear down the projects and let us stop, as a society, thinking aggregating the poor together is a good thing.

  • Glad that the biker is not dead, but very sorry for the physical and emotional trauma he had to go through.
    As a bike commuter, I’ve often thought about what I’d do if someone approached me for the bike. Because of Neil Godleski’s death (biker who was shot to death while biking away from some thugs who were trying to steal his bike), I’m not sure just biking as fast as you can is the answer. I travel with an expensive ring and watch, and I always wonder- is it better to leave these items on my person (where people can see them when I’m on the street), or do I take a chance and put them in my panniers, only to have them stolen if my bike is stolen on my commute. As my Dad says, this isn’t a good time for conspicuous wealth. I don’t like the idea of wearing my ring while I bike, but I also don’t like the idea of leaving it in my bag, which can be stolen. Hmmmm…..

    • I don’t know if you’re female and your expensive ring is an engagement ring, but I flip my rings over when I walk or bike, so they look like plain silver bands. I frequently walk through a less than ideal neighborhood, and no one’s ever seemed to notice my ring while it’s flipped. It’s not actually that expensive, but the setting (an antique raised setting) would make the diamond look larger than it actually is from a distance. You could also get a pair of biking gloves that could fit over your watch and rings, if you’re worried about scratching your rings on the bike grips.

      • This is completely tangential- but I always wonder- how often do thieves actually rob someone for the wedding/engagement ring? Is it something we need to be concerned about?

        • The detective we worked with after our robbery said thieves usually don’t steal engagement rings for whatever reason, but it can never hurt to be vigilant.

    • It really really sucks to get your things stolen. But at the end of the day, they are just possessions and aren’t worth losing your life over. Hopefully if they are very expensive they are insured. If you ever are approached/mugged/robbed it’s best to just give them what they want.

      • Yeah I agree. I ponder how I would handle such a situation because it’s so annoying when these thugs get away with it. But you’re right, possessions are never worth getting maimed or killed for.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Not sure about watches, but I don’t think rings are high on the list for what most of the criminals like to steal. It takes some experience with real jewelry to be able to tell the difference between a ring worth $10,000 and a ring that you can buy for $34.99 at Target. Sure, there are experienced pros out there who can tell the difference and will want your ring, but I suspect that they are vastly outnumbered by teen-agers looking for bikes and electronics who have no sense of the relative value of jewelry.

      • Not to mention the resale value of diamonds is pretty low, which I think would be common knowledge among people looking to sell things at pawn shops or on craigslist.

        • HaileUnlikely

          A former bigtime drug dealer in LA was once interviewed for a story about the theft of a Stradivarius worth north of a million dollars – he said he would not give a customer drugs in exchange for a Stradivarius because he adeptly noted that he would have a fair amount of difficulty finding another buyer.

      • FWIW, when my husband and I were robbed, the thief kept insisting that we give him our watches even though we -clearly- weren’t wearing any watches. But he had zero interest in either of our wedding or engagement rings.

        • Though I’m very sorry you were mugged, I did have to chuckle at the thief wanting your phantom watches.

          • It was super weird. He was obviously on drugs and seemed to think that we were somehow holding back from him. He even “ordered” us to bring him our watches from home. That didn’t happen. (In small part because we didn’t have watches at home, either.)

          • On the same note, synthetic marijuana is NO JOKE. This article could have just as easily been written about Shaw, Bloomingdale, and other DC neighborhoods, from what I’ve seen:

          • west_egg

            @Shawess — Is there evidence that shows synthetic marijuana use decreases when “regular” marijuana is legalized? It makes intuitive sense but I wonder if there is evidence to support it. (Not that “evidence” has ever convinced our “leaders” in Congress to do the right thing…)

          • @west_egg, I haven’t read anything on that, specifically, but the thing that stands out to me in this article and from general observation is that synthetic marijuana is a -super- cheap high and it really messes you up. I’m not sure that synthetic marijuana and “regular” marijuana are actual substitutes. They seem like very different things.

          • It seems as though synthetic marijuana use _ought_ to decrease when regular marijuana is legalized… but I remember the D.C. Office of Attorney General busting a number of Petworth/Park View bodegas in the first half of this year, after marijuana had become legal in D.C.
            Of course, thanks to congressional meddling, D.C. has no framework for marijuana to be legally sold (and taxed). So I guess D.C. isn’t really parallel to states like Colorado, etc.

          • I -think- synthetic marijuana is closer to bath salts or crack than to weed, but it really depends a lot on what’s in that specific batch, and the recipes seem to vary a lot.

          • Synthetic marijuana is not really anything like marijuana in terms of high. It’s more akin to a bath salt or other type of “research chemical” that is actually just an unscheduled drug. Also, since it can be made in a lab for cheap in large quantities, it is much cheaper than regular marijuana (which is expensive and time consuming to grow).
            I’d say there’s very little overlap in the synthetic marijuana and actual marijuana user population.

          • From the NYTimes article: “he hated the stuff. Nobody he knew would choose it over real weed — if real weed were legal. In this way, spike was less a drug of choice than one of necessity. Now he was hooked, he said, and trying to quit. ‘‘It’s an annoying drug,’’ he said, comparing it to crack.”

            I’d say the legal status of marijuana is indeed a factor.
            Tangentially related, or is the subtext of the ads in DC that advise against using synthetics (U + fake weed=zombie) not that you should stick with the real stuff?

          • I don’t think that the subtext is “stick with the real stuff” — more “stay the hell away from the fake stuff; it makes you crazy.”

          • Agree with Textdoc. If I understand this correctly, actual marijuana would have to be both legal and VERY cheap to be a real alternative. It sounds like “spike” joints basically cost $1 and can get you super messed up.

  • My bike was stolen from here about a half a block away. I wasn’t there to see it, obviously. but it’s a crime spot.

    • Tangentially, last month I was driving by the intersection of 12th and V Streets at midday on a sunny weekday. There was a bike locked with a U lock on a street sign pole and I saw these two young guys pull out a large pair of bolt cutters and snap the U lock off. I was driving and looking right at them in disbelief they were bold enough to do this in broad daylight in an area that has occasional foot traffic during the weekday. The one kid looked right at me but didn’t seem concerned in the least someone witnessed this. I called the police and reported the crime, but I have a hunch nothing was or could have been done.

  • But nothing ever happens in this location! How could MPD be expected to know?

    • Yeah, it is beyond me why there aren’t cops on this portion of 7th street 24/7. This is clearly a crime pocket. I dunno what can be done about crime more generally? When I lived in Boston and NYC crime wasn’t as much of a daily concern. Those cities have lower crime (or at least murder rates), despite being big cities with poverty rates that are actually slightly higher than DC. So it is possible for DC to be safer, but dunno how we get there?

      • Yeah. Again… I went to a neighborhood meeting about this several weeks back with police and city officials. We were assured that they were forming a “CORE COMMITTEE” to work on these issues. Nothing ever came of it. When the police were asked what they were doing, they were quick to get offended and had a lackadaisical response, that the violence has been going on for years and that they were well aware of the issues?

  • There is at least one cop that patrols this area during the day but I never really see anyone patrolling at night. Walked up the east side of 7th street this morning and I could see all the little drops of dried blood on the sidewalk from 7th and N up to O. Could also see them around 6th and M

  • Wednesday night I was riding up 11th pass Q when I saw a block over a man chasing after a bike. I rode in their direction and asked the man if his bike was stolen, which he confirmed. I gave chase after the suspect who was riding in the direction of Shaw but he had a 2 block head start and I couldn’t find him after that. I figured if I could atleast tail the suspect I could call the police to report the theft.

  • Sparta

    For those of us who were here in the 80s at the start of the crack crisis, the recent upsurge in random, viciously violent attacks and murder is eerily familiar. If the mayor does not control the spread of synthetic drugs fast, DC risks spiraling into the type of crime that made the it the murder capital of the nation in the late 80s, drove out much of the middle class (I took refuge in NOVA for years after people were being randomly stabbed to death in midday on my 16th St. block), and economically and socially decimated.

    Anyone facing someone robbing you, presume they have taken a drug that makes them the equivalent of insane and give them what they want.

    • I was here and yes I hear a echo of the past .Sparta the numbers of such perpetrators are down . Our perception of the past 3 months and the next 3 months are influenced by the new medias ,the new residents and their willingness to report etc. Standards have changed we are asking for civilized accountability that we would of never dreamed of in the 80s. Much violence was not reported and most recorded incorrectly ..DC street cop of the 80s?? horror ….

  • 7th and N , Time is on the POP readers side. This corner- in 2001 and her the surrounding blocks would never of had the visual of commuting / bicycle sharing residents. Do you remember Sept 2001? . Well this corner( if she could speak) would tell you that the demographics/economics in these past 15 short years have become almost 180 degrees opposite of what existed in 2001. The stabbing at this location and the horrific slaying on July 4th on the Rhode Island Ave Red line stop is a result of the clash of 2 societal and distinctly separate civilizations .You the readers of this Blog are the ones ascending the trajectory can not be stopped . The best Idea is the removal of the 50s style cabrini green public towers along 7th the demolition of the Fauntroy garden apartments and the reintegration of the very residents (grandmothers ,daughters and their teen male grand-babies) into new street grid in which aesthetically pleasing row houses and contemporary towers with millennials , gay , empty -nesters ,recent Howard Univ. grads etc numerically swamp,surround and bearhug this lost and isolated civilization into compliance of the new norm…2 bars 3 stars….

    • brookland_rez

      FWIW, when I lived at 2nd and K St NE in 2006, I used to bike to the old Giant on 7th St because it was the closest grocery store. You had Kelsey Gardens on the corner of 7th and P. I used to bike over there sometimes 8 or 9 at night. Never had a problem.

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