“Our second stabbing victim just happened to be walking towards the suspect on the sidewalk when he was also attacked without warning”

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From MPD:

“This morning [Tuesday] at approximately 10:20 AM an adult male subject pulled a knife and without provocation, stabbed two adults males both requiring hospitalization. Afterwards, the suspect walked away and was still armed until stopped by responding First Police District Officers in the 200 block of 5th Street, SE and held for identification purposes.

Our first stabbing victim was attacked without warning and stabbed twice. This victim was transported to a local area hospital by DCFEMS, conscious and breathing for treatment.

Our second stabbing victim just happened to be walking towards the suspect on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE when he was also attacked without warning and stabbed in the left chest area. This victim was transported to a local area hospital by DCFEMS, conscious and breathing for treatment. Both victims are expected to make a full recovery.

The adult male suspect stopped by our officers was positively identified and arrested. The weapon used was also recovered.

This was unprovoked attack on two innocent individuals in our community with law enforcement officers from the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capital Police in this immediate area.

The First Police District Command Staff, under the leadership of Commander Kane, would like to recognize the swift actions of our officers and officials from the First Police District that effected this arrest without incident and without a use of force and those that provided immediate medical assistance to and comforted the victims.

We would also like the recognize the assistance we received from members of the United States Capital Police who arrived quickly on this chaotic scene and assisted with securing evidence, maintaining a crime scene and canvassing for witnesses and CCTV Cameras along with us.”

Also:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s First District Detectives Office announced an arrest in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) offense that occurred in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

At approximately 10:19 am, the suspect walked up to an adult male in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast and stabbed him in the neck and hand. The suspect then walked up to another adult male, in the same block, and stabbed him in the chest. The suspect fled the scene but was quickly apprehended by officers in the 200 block of 5th Street, Southeast. A knife was recovered from the suspect.

Both victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 39-year-old Jerome Swinson, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).”

21 Comment

  • Emmaleigh504

    Well that’s scary. Glad they caught the guy.

  • Wife was walking the dog in this area 20 minutes before. I have to say, this area has a large concentration of homeless at any given time. I’ve been yelled at by a homeless person in that park before. So, I then jump to the question of, “was the suspect homeless”? Will MPD release that information? No, I do not think all homeless people are dangerous, but I do think our homeless population has a large amount of unmet needs that could lead to a situation like this (drugs + unmet mental health needs= ______). Hope the victims recover soon and props to the bystanders who chased the suspect.

  • There was an incident a few weeks ago on the other side of Penn closer to the Citi of a guy verbally harassing (or some such) that made the Hill East listserv – I wonder if this was the same guy.

    I saw one story that indicated that however he was dressed he didn’t “seem” homeless so maybe it was hard to tell. He does seem a little not all there in the head.

    • The whole stretch of Penn Ave has a regular sketchy element (I once got pinched by a guy over by 7th). There is also a mentally ill fellow that a few of us were talking about on the R/R/R who yells late at night.

  • Unsurprisingly, the perp has multiple felony, domestic violence and assault w/weapons convictions (and even more arrests). And of course he keeps getting suspended/mostly suspended sentences. Maybe this time we can keep him locked up for at least a few years, DC Superior Court judges?

  • Good for MPD and other police, again, in responding. This is really not their fault.

    The public should be incredibly outraged at the US Attorney’s Office for DC, which prosecutes felonies in the District, and also at DC superior court judges, who go along with the government’s lame-ass sentence recommendations.

    It’s disgusting we’re under an unelected and unaccountable prosecution service. No wonder criminals swing through a revolving door in this city.

    • For the lawyers in the room: Would it be possible for victims of crimes perpetrated by such repeat offenders to file a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney’s office?

      • ….alleging what, exactly?

      • No. Prosecutors have absolute immunity w/r/t their official duties

        • …and before you even get to the issue of immunity, you’d still have to have identify some constitutional or statutory right that the government violated — what right would that be? To not have a private citizen commit a crime against you? And there’s no indication prosecutors broke any laws or failed to follow any rules — it’s just that the rules and laws are lax and allow for a lot of discretion.

          The only way to fix this is to pass tougher laws and appoint better judges.

  • Community Connections brings a lot of these problems to the neighborhood and does little to deal with it. Someone should look into revoking their city contract.

    • The quality of life on the Hill has definitely been deteriorating and that is a big part of it. There are constantly people wandering around the Eastern Market area screaming, yelling, threatening passers by, aggressive panhandling, etc.

      • There are a lot of issues at the 8th and Penn area and Community Connections is just part of it. Don’t forget DC General isn’t that far away either.

      • Deteriorating since when? I’ve lived in the area for five years, and worked there starting in 2006, and have not seen an increase in those types of people. Not denying that there aren’t a few, but show me a part of the city where that isn’t a problem. Hell, I work in Crystal City now and see a lot more aggressive panhandler/homeless types there.

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