Police Arrest Woman, 18, in U Street Metro Stabbing

By Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 17, 2008; 11:44 AM

An 18-year-old woman from Southwest Washington has been arrested and charged with stabbing a man during a large fight Saturday night at the U Street/Cardozo Metro station, officials said.

Dekeria Green was taken into custody last night by Metro police and charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators say Green was involved in a dispute that broke out between two groups inside the Republic nightclub at 13th and U streets NW.

After the groups left the club about 9:20 p.m., they began arguing again outside the Metro station. The fight then moved inside the station, where a 19-year-old man from Northwest Washington was stabbed.

Police said the teenager who was stabbed apparently was the brother of one of the teenage girls involved in the dispute, and might have tried to intervene.

The injured teenager rode a Green Line train one stop north to the Columbia Heights station, where an ambulance was called. He was treated and released from a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The incident caused considerable commotion inside the U Street station and aboard the train.

Service on the Green Line in the area was disrupted for a time as investigators examined the rail car in which the wounded teenager had traveled, which was considered part of the crime scene.

Metro police said security cameras at the station are aiding police in their investigation, and more arrests are possible. The D.C. police also assisted in the investigation.

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