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Posted at 1:41 PM ET, 02/12/2011

Man stabbed in Adams Morgan

By Clarence Williams

UPDATE: The stabbing victim, Derrick P. Thornton Jr., 22, died of his wounds at a hospital, D.C. police said. They said a relative, Deon E. Thornton, 21, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The killing was described as "domestic in nature."

A man was stabbed Friday night in the Adams Morgan area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

The stabbing occurred about 7:40 p.m. in the 2200 block of Champlain Street, police said. The site is about two or three blocks from the 18th Street bar and restaurant area.

Police said the man was breathing and appeared to be conscious.

By Clarence Williams  | February 12, 2011; 1:41 PM ET
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Posted by: jnt05334485verizonnet | February 12, 2011 4:36 AM | Report abuse

It seems the violence is bleeding out of the warfare zone, Columbia Heights, and is poisoning surrounding decent neighborhoods like Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, Petworth, etc. Roving gangs of armed street thugs, muggers, etc. gather in the shadows of Columbia Heights and then assault the innocent nearby.

I had to drive down 13th Street recently and knew to lock my windows driving through Columbia Heights. It is really dangerous there. People on the treets are sitting ducks.

Posted by: SoCali | February 12, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Clarence Williams: What is your criteria for choosing what crimes to publish for the public? I feel very bad for that person who got stabbed last night in Adams Morgan. On the night of February 10th at 7:30 PM on the corner of 11th and U St., aside from being stabbed, cut in the face, and receiving over 100 stitches, one of my best friends was kidnaped, abducted, and driven around in his car in a Mexico City style robbery. Please inform me why this doesn't merit a posting on a blog that helps people be aware about what happens in their community.

Posted by: nicolasojeda | February 12, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It is important to note that this was a fight between brothers. Please offer updated information to ensure your reporting no longer implies that a domestic dispute might have been a robbery or a random act of violence.

I understand the offending brother has already been arrested.

Posted by: 20bsy08 | February 12, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for updating the story.

Now let's talk about the headline. Don't you agree that responsible journalism requires clarification here, too, to avoid feeding anti-urban paranoia?

Posted by: 20bsy08 | February 12, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

nicolasojeda: your unfortunate friend wound up on my block, just below Cardoza HS after the carjackers abandoned him in his car. I totally agree that there is no place to find out what's really going on in our neighborhoods. I only found your post because I was looking for when, where and how this happened last night. I'm grateful to find that your friend survived alive, but where is the police blotter with more details. Or Crime scene list-serv from the police..
my neighbor was assaulted recently and I looked everywhere and never found a mention. The Police map-says sexual assault and no other details...and that was random - the person followed her home from the U St Metro. NO this is urban reality-not paranoia

Posted by: IMS1 | February 12, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the Columbia Heights real estate interests are desperately trying to deflect attention away from what a no mans land of aggressive violence and urban blight lurks in the shadows just steps off of 14th Street in any direction. I mean there are people growing farm crops in the front yard while the children get mowed down by bullets on the sidewalk. It is just bizarre.

I agree that it would seem that it is leeching into much more upscale neighborhood and night life scenes such as Adams Morgan, Petworth, U Street, stc. But be sure it is back to the gang haven of Columbia Heights that they scurry back to when the evil deeds are done.

Posted by: ManOpener | February 12, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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