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Posted at 9:17 PM ET, 10/ 6/2010

Woman is killed in Fairfax restaurant

By Erica Johnston

A 37-year-old woman was attacked and killed in a Springfield-area restaurant Wednesday night by a man she knew, Fairfax County police said.

Police who were called to the 5T Bar and Grill, in a strip mall in the 7000 block of Spring Garden Drive, found the woman dead inside, said Officer Tawny Wright, a police spokeswoman. Investigators think a man who was an "acquaintance" of the woman attacked her with a weapon and then "tried to harm himself" with the same weapon, Wright said.

Officials declined to describe the weapon or the nature of the woman's fatal injuries. The man was taken into custody and taken a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.

The man, who was described as being 40 years old, was taken into custody, Wright said. "This was determined to be between the two of them," she said.

Detectives were still interviewing witnesses from the restaurant. It was not clear whether the man and woman were patrons or employees at the restaurant.

-- Clarence Williams

By Erica Johnston  | October 6, 2010; 9:17 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Maybe if it were illegal to pack heat in a restaurant and other public places in Virginia, this would not have happened---or at least not in a public place. Another good reason NOT to go to a restaurant in Virginia...

Posted by: MrBethesda | October 6, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MrBethesda

Maybe if it were illegal to pack heat in a restaurant and other public places in Virginia, this would not have happened---or at least not in a public place. Another good reason NOT to go to a restaurant in Virginia...

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MrBethesda is a delusional hoplophobe with a firearm fixation if there ever was one.

Based on the article:

1. There is no indication of what kind of weapon - if any weapon (not bare hands) - was used at all.

2. Were either the victim or the perpetrator a non-prohibited person (able to possess a firearm).

3. What could/would have MrBethesda done if he had been there.

4. Had a person, either carrying concealed or open legally, stopped the threat to the victim before any injury by just displaying a firearm.

5. What would MrBethesda have said if he had been there, and a person, either carrying concealed or open legally, stopped the threat to the victim by the legal use of deadly force with a firearm.

BTW -

According to www.handgunlaw.us, it is legal to carry a firearm - if a person has a Maryland permit - in a restaurant in Maryland.

http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/maryland.pdf

So I assume the MrBethesda does not eat out at places like TGI Fridays, and never wanders west across the Potomac, or north into Pennsylvania.

I wonder if MrBethesda is bored with eating out in DC.

Posted by: GHF_LRLTD | October 7, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

The unfortunate fact is, the guy went to the resturant to cause harm to the woman (or so it would seem from this brief snippit). It doesn't really matter what the law is, because the guy would have probably done something stupid anyway. Just because firearms are legal to carry in resturants in VA, means nothing to whether he happened to have had one (if he even did).

Posted by: akchild | October 7, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Let me try to explain that more clearly. The guy was there, he MURDERED the woman, which is illegal anywhere. No matter what tool he used to do that, he was still breaking the law.

Posted by: akchild | October 7, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Let me try to explain that more clearly. The guy was there, he MURDERED the woman, which is illegal anywhere. No matter what tool he used to do that, he was still breaking the law.

Posted by: akchild | October 7, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Great reportage, Clarence ... or Erica ...

"The man was taken into custody and taken a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.

"The man, who was described as being 40 years old, was taken into custody ... "

Care to add anything else?

How about, "The night was dark, the sky was blue ... "

Posted by: kinkysr | October 7, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Mr Bethesda,
Where does it state in the article that the weapon walked into the establishment and committed the crime?
It doesn't.
So it wasn't the actual weapons fault. It was a human's decision.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 7, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The woman was stabbed and the guy was injured in the process of stabbing her (which isn't unusual). This was widely reported on TV news, not sure why WaPo didn't include it in the article.

Posted by: Redial1 | October 7, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

WaPo doesn't report crime...it reports unusual "events." Reason? Donno but I speculate it has to do with:

1) An existential problem of what exactly is "crime" and "murder" and whether characterizing certain "events" as crime might be construed as attacking accepted practices by certain groups in the USA which are protected under the Constitution.

2) Asking a reporter to report "just the facts, Ma'am," "Who-what-when-where-why" is oh so 1950's and so brutal to the those accused, who are probably innocent.

3) Reporting a description of the perp and victim might be construed as racist. And/or there might be a political spin to the crime which WaPo feels it needs to damp down (except for its own spin).

4) The WaPo crime reporters are inherently lazy or..the WaPo editors believe in self censorship (something WaPo does not believe in when it comes to national security).

Posted by: wjc1va | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if someone in the establishment had a conceal and carry permit and WERE packing heat - they could have shot this guy before he stabbed her to death.

What a horrible way to die, and may she rest in peace.

Posted by: amylorr1 | October 7, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if someone in the establishment had a conceal and carry permit and WERE packing heat - they could have shot this guy before he stabbed her to death.

What a horrible way to die, and may she rest in peace.

Posted by: amylorr1 | October 7, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to show it does not matter anymore if a person wants to take your life so be it, time is all they will get and that's if they get caught...i have those days, but i don't to do the time LOLLLLL>>>

Posted by: shadon1 | October 7, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

You people will pick an argument with one another over anything. They did not even mention what weapon was used and this blog has turned into a whining session over gun rights. Get a life people.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 7, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

From FFX County Police News Release: UPDATE The victim has been identified as Tieu L. Nguyet, 37, of 3235 Kenney Drive in Falls Church. The suspect, Lam Dang, 40, of 6801 Floyd Avenue in Springfield, is in the hospital in stable condition but has been charged with murder.

Further investigation determined the suspect assaulted the victim with a knife; she died as result of trauma to the upper body. This incident was domestic in nature.

No photo is available at this time.

Posted by: stilldoin | October 7, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You redneck virginians with your "Right to bare arms" BS.

Posted by: Special_One40 | October 7, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

You redneck virginians with your "Right to bare arms" BS.

Posted by: Special_One40 | October 7, 2010 4:15 PM |
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I believe you mean "bear" arms. And yeah, Northern Virginia is a real hot bed of redneck activity. Besides, it was a commie-pinko tree hugging, socialist Nazi Marylander who brought up the gun issue in the first place.

Posted by: pswift00 | October 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering how long it would be before some gun nut posted the usual "if someone had a gun" cr*p.

Another article from MSNBC reported that she was stabbed to death.

My condolences to Ms. Nguyet's family and friends. Let's hope that guy doesn't get off for a technicality.

Posted by: janeway1 | October 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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