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Police investigating fatal stabbing in Columbia Heights

D.C. police are investigating a fatal stabbing early Tuesday morning in Northwest Washington.

Officers from the Third District were called to the 3500 block of 14th Street in Columbia Heights at around 3:00 a.m., according to Captain Aubrey P. Mongal, where they found an adult male suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds to the chest area.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Police have not yet released any information about the dead man's identity.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call 202-727-9099.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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For all the new development in Columbia Heights, that place is still a dump. There are so many unsavory characters roaming and lurking around. There are too many low income apartments. Many sections of that neighborhood look like a barrio. I am glad I didn't buy a condo there this past summer.

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 9, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

90% of local residents there are good people, and the remaining 10% make it a thugfest. Don't blame all the local people, blame the local government for their ineptitude in dealing with crime and thuggery, especially juveniles. Blame Phil Mendelson and Adrian Fenty for complete inaction on crime (they live in nice areas), don't collectively blame the whole area. Unless you're just looking to denigrate people, of course.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | March 9, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I agree with mendelsonmustgo; let's not demean the many for the sake of a few. Most low income residents in Columbia Heights are not criminals. There are other low-income areas near Bloomingdale/Petworth area that don't have these same problems. The problem with Columbia Heights is that it's become a hub of activity for criminals and no matter how many expensive condos you build this won't change until enforcement tackles this issue.

Posted by: VoiceofReason77 | March 9, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I guess the left wing nutties can't blame the NRA on this one.

Posted by: tmi1 | March 9, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm taking a big leap here, but would bet my NW condo that the man was not white. Columbia Heights is not a dump because of low income housing. Rather, it's the code of silence that paralyzes the community by not bringing justice to the thugs who still think it's cool to kill, steal and vandalize. It's time to institute martial law. If you're under 18 and strolling around the neighborhood without a parent or a job, send 'em home or lock 'em away. If you're over 18 and have nothing better to do than cop a squat in the park and engage in illegal activity, then there's a jail cell waiting for you. If you think for one moment that it's cool to take or damage what isn't yours -- including property and/or life -- be prepared to be shot on the spot. I'm sick of the innocent until proven guilty and the "woe is me, I grew up poor and disadvantaged" attitude. Let's bring accountability and consequences back to our neighborhood.

Posted by: cdg0606 | March 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Tmi1, you can blame yourself for it.

Posted by: crzytwnman | March 9, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Overpopulated and overpriced. Columbia Heights is where to go to get screwed on a condo and then eat a stray bullet as you walk to the Metro stop. Oh and I forgot, to throw snowballs at uniformed police.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | March 9, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong, the victim is Central American.

News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gwendolyn Crump (202) 727-4383

March 9, 2010

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Homicide in the 3500 block of 14th St., NW

(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are currently investigating a homicide that occurred in the 3500 block of 14th Street, NW.

At approximately 2:36 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, officers from the Third District responded to the 3500 block of 14th Street, NW, to investigate the possible report of trouble at that location. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male, suffering from apparent multiple stab wounds. The victim who has been identified as 24-year-old Adelmo Tolentino Menjivar of the 3100 block of 16th Street, NW was transported by personnel from the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to an area hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM [E] (1-888-919-2746).

The Metropolitan Police Department is currently offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Additionally, anonymous information may also be forwarded to D.C. Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by a caller to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Posted by: Ward4DC | March 9, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

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