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Police: Attack on NPR intern was random

Jenna Johnson

A NPR intern is in stable condition after being stabbed repeatedly in the back as she walked to work through Chinatown on Wednesday morning, according to the student newspaper at Boston University, where the 20-year-old is a rising junior.

Police initially said that the attack was the result of a dispute between two women, but are now saying that the stabbing was random. A relative of the victim told the Daily Free Press at BU that doctors expect her to make a full recovery. "Basically, she's a lucky girl," the source said.

Melodie Brevard, 24, of the District was restrained by bystanders and arrested by the police. She has been charged with assault with intent to kill.

Read the full Daily Free Press story here.

And NBC Washington has video from the crime scene.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 5, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
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So the quality of reporting at the Post has gotten so bad that they now rely of copying info from a college newspaper.

Posted by: buffysummers | August 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The suspect was in JET magazine Beauty of The Week Oct 2008. And now she's in jail for assault with intent to kill, *SMH* on this one here.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

What is so sad is that it was a completely random event. That is the entire problem with the Chinatown area! There are so many homeless people who are sent out of the shelters during the day that litter that area. It could happen on any day, at any time, to any person who works in that area.

I understand that businesses are moving into that area in hopes of revitalization, but something must be done by the DC Gov't and Police Department to get these people off the streets.

The amount of panhandlers, people on drugs, and vagrants around the metro stop at Gallery Place on 7th Street & H is appauling... and frightening for many!

DC Gov't and Police... please do something!

Posted by: ekj1994 | August 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The attack was random.

And Sarah Palin is a member of Mensa.

Posted by: bs2004 | August 5, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

bs2004,
Keep in mind that you're reading it on the Internet that Al Gore invented!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The attack was random.

And Sarah Palin is a member of Mensa.

Posted by: bs2004 | August 5, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like total fear to me. Sometimes these things happen and its scary. Understandable to wanna believe random people cant almost die on the way to work, but we live in a city.

Posted by: NomeMike | August 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@ekj1994--what makes you think the attacker was homeless??

Posted by: redgrifn | August 5, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Thhe attacker has a public profile on Facebook. Looks like she's had some mental issues in the recent past - references to nervous breakdowns, rage, etc. Scary stuff.

Posted by: mimidennis | August 5, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Thhe attacker has a public profile on Facebook. Looks like she's had some mental issues in the recent past - references to nervous breakdowns, rage, etc. Scary stuff.

Posted by: mimidennis | August 5, 2010 3:47 PM
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I read her FB page earlier and I was thinking the samething after reading it, this girl had some serious issues.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Was this a Hate Crime?

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | August 5, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The attack was random.

And Obama is a member of Mensa.

Too bad Mensa doesn't have an "affirmative" action program like Columbia University and Harvard Law School or Obama would have another bone in his nose.

Posted by: WashPost00 | August 7, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

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