The 16-year-old District youth arrested and charged as an adult in the Easter Monday stabbing of another teen at the National Zoo pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon in D.C. Superior Court Monday.
Prosecutors had charged Mshairi Alkebular with two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed in the attack of a 14-year-old about 30 minutes after the victim arrived at the zoo.
According to court documents, the victim recognized Alkebular as being from the Barry Farm neighborhood. He tried to elude Alkebular and his friends, the documents said, but a fight involving the victim, Alkebular and others nevertheless broke out inside the zoo. It was not known whether the victim was from Barry Farm or another neighborhood.
Alkebular threw chairs at the victim, hit him several times with his fists and then stabbed him twice in an elbow, the victim said, according to the charging documents. Zoo police officers broke up the fight, the victim told police, and removed the teens from the zoo.
But before ejecting the teens, zoo police failed to find a knife on Alkebular.
Outside the zoo’s entrance at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, the victim tried to run from Alkebular and his friends, but Alkebular stabbed him four times in the chest before fleeing to the Woodley Park Metro station, the victim told authorities. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and a fractured jaw.
The victim identified Alkebular to D.C. police. Alkebular was later arrested at Seventh and F streets NW, where D.C. police discovered a knife in his left pocket, according to court documents.
The teens were among thousands who visited the zoo the Monday after Easter, an annual event in the District known as African American Family Day.
Alkebular is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 8 by Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. The assault charge carries a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 15 years. The weapons charge carries up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.