Stabbing outside D.C. strip club captured on surveillance video


Candance Reed (Courtesy of Reed family )
November 22, 2013

The stabbing that claimed the life of a 40-year-old woman outside a Northwest Washington strip club last week was captured on surveillance video, according to an arrest affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court.

The court document described an altercation near a burgundy vehicle that was parked outside the Macombo Lounge in the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue NW. The reason for the dispute, which occurred about 15 minutes after the club closed at 2 a.m., was not described in the affidavit.

Police have identified the suspect as Michael A. Coleman, 36, of Northeast Washington. He is charged with second-degree murder and could make his first appearance in D.C. Superior Court later Friday. He was arrested Thursday morning.

The victim, Candance Reed of Northwest Washington, was visiting the club for a birthday party. The court documents state that a witness saw her apparently trying to get into the right rear passenger side of the burgundy vehicle. That witness told police that he saw the person in the back seat shove or kick Reed to the ground, in what appeared to be an attempt to keep her out of the car, according to the court document.

The witness told police that he tried to pull the man out of the car and the two fought. He said the man then struck the victim in the chest, and she collapsed on the ground. Police said she was stabbed once. The witness also was cut on the hand during the altercation.

Police said in the court document that Reed managed to stand up after she had been stabbed, and again tried to get into the car, “but fell face first to the ground and never moved again,” the court document says.

Authorities said the video shows another man picking up the knife, which police now have.

Reed’s mother, 66-year-old JoAnn Lee, said her daughter moved to the District from Ohio when she was 17 and was in school studying information technology when she was killed. The family plans a service this weekend in Prince George’s County and a burial in Ohio.

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