Teenager stabbed outside D.C. Metro station

December 2, 2012

A 19-year-old man was stabbed during a fight outside the Minnesota Avenue Metro station in Northeast D.C. on Sunday morning, two weeks after a teenager was fatally stabbed on a Metro platform in Northwest.

Sunday’s fight apparently began as a verbal exchange between the victim and another man as they waited for the station to open some time before 7 a.m., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Stessel said the fight escalated, and one man stabbed the other with a razor or box cutter.

The assailant fled before D.C. and Metro transit police arrived. Police have not made an arrest, and they have not released any information about the attacker.

The victim suffered a cut to his lower torso, an injury that is not believed to be life threatening, Stessel said. He was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition.

Sunday’s attack comes on the heels of the death of 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin of Olney, who was fatally stabbed Nov. 17 inside the Woodley Park Metro station.

According to authorities, a group of teenagers robbed Griffin of a $400 Helly Hansen jacket and other belongings near a gas station in Adams Morgan, about half a mile from the Metro station.

Griffin was killed later that night after he and some friends ran into the group on the Metro platform and Griffin confronted a person who was wearing the stolen jacket, authorities said.

Nine suspects have been arrested in the case.

Four teenagers have been charged as adults with armed robbery, and one has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder while armed.

Stessel said investigators have not spoken to the victim in Sunday’s stabbing. Authorities did not know if the victim and the suspect knew each other, and they did not indicate what the fight might have been about.

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