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Police still unraveling catering hall fight

Washington Post Editors

Prince George's County police are still trying to sort out what happened during a Sunday night fight outside a Lanham-area catering hall, authorities said Monday.

Four people were stabbed and wounded during the fight, according to police. One was critically injured; the other three were in stable condition.

It is unclear what sparked the fight that involved 15 to 20 people at the La Fontaine Bleue building in the 7900 block of Annapolis Road, police said. Four people suffered apparent stab wounds during the fight.

The incident occurred just after a church crab bake had ended about 6 p.m., La Fontaine Bleue owner Tom Stuehler said, but “it wasn’t a fight. It was an attack.”

Stuehler said employees of his who were working the event told him two cars with Virginia license plates pulled up, and the occupants got out and assaulted four people — all men, he thought — who were leaving the event. He said no one was able to tell him why.

“They went after specific people leaving the event,” Stuehler said. “It wasn’t from alcohol. It wasn’t from excessive drinking. It wasn’t from any altercation that occurred among the church people.”

Stuehler declined to name the church involved in the event, but said it was a crab feast and fundraiser with nearly 500 attendees that his company had catered for 18 years. He said people at the event called police and provided information about the cars that pulled up.

“We regret that this happened and it’s an unfortunate sign of the times that there’s so much violence on television and in the papers," Stuehler said. "We believe that gives people the idea that they can do things like this in broad daylight and out in the open. We hope that the persons will be caught and brought to justice.”

Police had not yet made any arrests yet in the case, according to Officer Evan Baxter, a Prince George’s County police spokesman.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 2, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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Comments

Who are they, White, Black, Hispanic? Why does the Post refuse to identify these people?

Posted by: jdv2 | August 2, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

PG County, the upscale place for upper class Blacks.

Don't get sucked in by the hype.... that's the media getting you blacks to move in PG County.

Posted by: Special_One40 | August 2, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I thought that La Fontaine Bleu is located in New Carrolton, NOT Lanham.

Even tho its a sad story, La Fontaine Bleu, is still located in PG County.

Were any crabs harmed, during the fight?

Posted by: Robbnitafl | August 2, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Someone knows who did this. Speak-up and take back your neighborhoods.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 2, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

jvd2 - you were probably dying to make a negative comments about SOMEONE huh? Just hold on. I'm sure the race of the people will soon be known. Hopefully it's mixed. It'll be interesting to see what you say then. Don't worry, there will be plenty of space for idiot comments like the one Special_One40 made.

Special_One40 - or it could be a ploy to get whites to move to Montgomery County where their teen could be kinapped and stabbed over 70 times because a group of gang member ASSUMED he was from a rival gang. You could look at it either way.......stupid.

Posted by: keedrow | August 2, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Weird... similar problems happen at the La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. I remember being across the street at that one. Hair weaves and fake nails were flying all over!

Posted by: mr_whatever_20886 | August 2, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

What's a crab bake? Does the writer mean a crab feast? We don't bake our crabs...

Posted by: homegirl3 | August 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"jvd2 - you were probably dying to make a negative comments about SOMEONE huh? Just hold on. I'm sure the race of the people will soon be known. Hopefully it's mixed. It'll be interesting to see what you say then. Don't worry, there will be plenty of space for idiot comments like the one Special_One40 made.

Special_One40 - or it could be a ploy to get whites to move to Montgomery County where their teen could be kinapped and stabbed over 70 times because a group of gang member ASSUMED he was from a rival gang. You could look at it either way.......stupid.

Posted by: keedrow | August 2, 2010 12:30 PM"

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Keedrow:

I wish you could hear my loud applause for your comments!

Posted by: gitouttahere | August 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

keedrow-If I remember correctly, the unfortunate victim was picked up in PG and taken to MC and killed. This would case would probably not have been solved, and the criminals would still be loose if they had kept their business in PG.

Posted by: drewbird911 | August 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

There is one church, that I am aware of who uses this facilty every year without any incident. It really does not matter what the race or nationality is. This is their annual fundraiser. good food and fellowship.
Comment from article.

"Stuehler said employees of his who were working the event told him two cars with Virginia license plates pulled up, and the occupants got out and assaulted four people — all men, he thought — who were leaving the event. He said no one was able to tell him why.

“They went after specific people leaving the event,” Stuehler said. “It wasn’t from alcohol. It wasn’t from excessive drinking. It wasn’t from any altercation that occurred among the church people.”

Stuehler declined to name the church involved in the event, but said it was a crab feast and fundraiser with nearly 500 attendees that his company had catered for 18 years. He said people at the event called police and provided information about the cars that pulled up".

Posted by: Turtle1234 | August 2, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The race of either the suspects or victims really isn't important as long as those who witnessed it assist law enforcement.
Criminal is criminal.
Sounds from the account it was a targeted attack. If that's the case, the victims should be willing and able to assist.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 2, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

drewbird911 - what an idiotic statement you made. Whether the victim was from PG or Mont. Co., the gang was from Montgomery County.

Posted by: keedrow | August 2, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The bigger question which is the same one I had for the ex-NBA player who was probably murdered was what were they into that had someone looking for and wanting them dead?

Posted by: keedrow | August 2, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Someone knows who did this. Speak-up and take back your neighborhoods.

I din see nuthin. Snitches get stitches homey.

Posted by: Axel2 | August 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey, it's PG County, right?

Posted by: piovino1 | August 2, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Times have changed "church people" are shanking people now. They obviously aren't hearing the good word of the lord.

Posted by: Jsuf | August 2, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

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