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Police Say Man Stabbed at Silver Spring Post Office Over Cutting in Line

A 58-year-old male was stabbed outside of the U.S. Post Office in Colesville Thursday afternoon. Police say another man mistakenly thought he had cut in line.

A 67-year-old man stabbed a 58-year-old man outside of the at 13217 New Hampshire Ave. Thursday because the man thought the victim had cut in line, police said.

Officers were called to the scene at 2:18 p.m. Thursday.

The suspect was waiting in line when he observed the victim step in front of him to complete his business, police said. The victim had previously been working with a postal service employee and had stepped aside to finish some paperwork. He was motioned back to the counter by an employee, police said.

The suspect interpreted the action as cutting in line, police said, and waited outside of the post office under the vestibule for the victim to come outside. When the suspect spotted the victim, he attacked him, police said.

Two female postal workers tried to break up the fight, according to police, and at least one of the employees pepper sprayed the suspect. 

“The actions of these employees may have saved the life of, but most definitely assisted in preventing further injury to, the victim,” police officials wrote in a press statement.

Police found the victim suffering from “multiple” stab wounds when they arrived at the scene.

Police found a suspect about a mile away, near the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Route 29. His name has not been released because he has not been formally charged.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. 

Leonard July 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I remember taking Judo in college. The sensei, a seventh degree black belt, correctly told us, "someone wants to fight you, you walk away". That didn't mesh with my purpose. I wanted to learn how to kick heads. I gradually learned to accept his wisdom. He taught us that Judo and Jiu Jitsu was a last resort. Now we have a 67 yr old waiting to ambush a fellow patron because his mind conjured up taking cuts in line??? With a knife?!? And no threat of physical harm to himself??? My wife's kindergarten class is better behaved (and unarmed). What happened to common sense
Leonard July 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Actually, what L. Cane posits is a deductive argument. Criminals do not obey laws; therefore, they cannot be expected to comply with firearm legislation. By demonstration, in countries were legal firearm ownership has been abolished or seriously curtailed, the bad guys still manage to arm themselves. The reduction of gun violence, specifically home invasion robberies, has followed in jurisdictions where private ownership of firearms has increased. This is counter-intuitive for those who believe gun violence would be solved if there were no guns. And the liberal media won't report where firearms have deterred crime, even when no shots have been fired. Other journals provide that data.
Carol Daniels July 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Ok, I have just read the comments and I don't think anyone has mentioned the BRAVE LADY postal employees who fought the knife carrying wacko and possibly saved a life. All the people who have nothing nice to say about the post office should just think about whether they would be so brave. Heroes, you bethca. Nice job ladies.
Samella July 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Thank YOU, not just in this post, for some reason, people are much more aggressive, angry, vile and quick to point fingers. It makes you wonder, who they are listening to.
Kathy July 28, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Wow, you can't feel safe anywhere anymore! I don't care if a person cuts in line or not, you just don't go around taking the law into your own hands, unless you yourself are being threatened. If the jerk would have just asked the guy why he was cutting in front of him, he would have found out what the situation really was. But no, @@. I sure hope the victim sues the hell out of him!

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