A pregnant woman biking home from work was stabbed Tuesday afternoon near Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington.
The victim, 33, who did not want her name published, said she halted at a stop sign after crossing the John Philip Sousa Bridge. She had started pedaling again when she saw a man, who seemed unsteady on his feet, walking toward her. She was crossing the street at the intersection of 17th and G streets SE, about two blocks from her home.
“I just figured we were both crossing the crosswalk,” she said. “He never said anything.”
She said that she tried to steer so that she would avoid the man, but he grabbed her arm and hit her in the shoulder.
“I thought I had just gotten punched. I didn’t know he had stabbed me,” she said. She is seven months pregnant, and her first thought was, “I have to get out of here. I have to make sure my baby’s okay.”
She managed to stay on the bike and pedaled away. After several blocks, she looked over her shoulder to see if the man was following her. She saw that she was bleeding.
She stopped at a residence where a person was in the front yard and told him, “I just was stabbed! Can you help me?” She called 911 and was taken to a hospital, where she received stitches to close the knife wound, she said.
Police are looking for a black man between the ages of 30 and 40 and about 5 foot 11. He was wearing a black shirt and black jeans at the time of the stabbing at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
The victim said she does not know what the man’s intentions were — perhaps he was trying to steal her backpack, she said. She said that she is in the Coast Guard and just moved to the District from Hawaii about a month ago.
The stabbing makes her feel less safe in her new neighborhood.
“It will take me a while, I think, to get comfortable again. And unfortunately, I won’t be commuting to work anymore on my bicycle,” she said.