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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. 

Bee Jay July 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
ableintruth you call me names? are you a child? --it's not a small town. it's IN Silver Spring. west virginia? get a map. my 5 year old knows his geography better
Bee Jay July 27, 2012 at 03:38 PM
tamika this site loads kinda slow
darren July 27, 2012 at 03:39 PM
WELP, I WORK FOR THE USPS IM A CARRIER IN DEERFIELD BEACH FL..33441 ZIP..AND THERES BEEN CRAP THERE ALSO...BUT, THINGS HAPPEN AND TIME MOVES ON.. AT LEAST NO ONE GOT SERIOUSLY HURT!!
Lorraine Kemer July 27, 2012 at 04:11 PM
It would really be nice if these articles would mention the state as well as the town. I usually have to click on a link, in just about every article written, to find out the state. Do the authors of these stories not know that people from around the world read these and might not know what state the mentioned town is in? I certainly hope the victim makes a speedy and complete recovery. You never know these days, what will happen from one moment to the next. The world is definitely becoming a scarey place.
Gizmo July 27, 2012 at 04:11 PM
ableintruth just wants to know what state Colesville is in. Maryland.
Bee Jay July 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
gizmo read a little more & you'll see ableintruth was a rude ahole
steve a thompson July 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Oh my God and sweet Jesus in heaven..............we MUST ban all knives as soon as possible !!! they are obviously dangerous weapons !!!
Glenda Stilwell July 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
May I just make an observation? Do you all see how angry and harsh some of the people here are getting over typed words? Our society has gotten so angry and vile -- for what reason? Anger is just running wild. Hope the ones I am talking about can go back and reread their posts and ask yourself--"wow---did I really get that angry for something someone else said that did not even apply to me". Take care and be safe all.
Lammy July 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Why are you commenting if you don't have a clue? Which clearly, you don't? Stick with the CA news - you all have plenty of weirdos and psychos so that you don't need to comment about anywhere else. And what is with the diatribe against AbelInTruth? Get a life....
Lammy July 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
My apologies - I meant to direct my prior comment to AbelInTruth - NOT BeeJay. Yes, I agree AbleInTruth needs to adjust his/her meds.
Fran Capone July 27, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Watch out! You're going to incur the wrath of the NKA...the Nat'l Knifers Association! You have no idea how POWERFUL they are!
Fran Capone July 27, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Some people have nothing better to do than troll discussions to make nasty comments on...plenty of the nastiness I see has nothing at all to do with the article being commented upon. Sad.
Orville McMillan July 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Guess they'll have to outlaw knives!
Who cares July 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Gizmo, thank you. I wondered where Coleville is also, but was afraid I'd also be attacked for not knowing every small town in America. It would be nice if it was actually mentioned in the article.
Bee Jay July 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
'Silver Spring' is pretty big in the title. "Silver Spring post office..." and to the right is a little map it's not that hard
jani July 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
i guess sickos walk among us in all cities...why isnt he being charged? it should be a federal offense attacking someone on federal property...
Rebelleminx July 27, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Pamela, you do bring up a good point. However, the truth is, if someone wants to hurt someone else, they will. (ex: 9-11 and box cutters) If the person that wants to cause harm has the will and the ambition to proceed with the action, the type of weapon used could vary widely. Guns are weapons, but so are knives, stun guns, bricks, broken bottles, belts, wire, rope and even hands. We can't make the last weapon in that sentence illegal. Laws don't affect criminals, they don't care if they break them. In my opinion, it all depends on the individuals state of mind. It's not the knife's fault. It's the person using it. It's the person that controls what happens....not the weapon.
thomas July 27, 2012 at 07:37 PM
man was possessed by demons like colorado joker was last week, you need more evangelicals down there, too many iukewarm christians around, fraid of their own shadow. selah
Helen Walker July 27, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Pamela Jones While at work in a grocery store, my aunt and her male boss were murdered by a man with nothing more than a knife. I wish either one of them had been armed with a handgun.
Helen Walker July 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Pamela Jones While at work in a grocery store, my aunt and her male boss were murdered by a man with nothing more than a knife. I wish either one of them had been armed with a handgun.
Carole Orelli July 27, 2012 at 08:13 PM
This attack is proof that we need stronger Knife-control laws. If we only had knife-control laws that prohibited citizens from buying knives, this kind of thing would never happen, and we could live in a violence-free paradise. Everyone should stand up and demand knife-control laws!
Carole Orelli July 27, 2012 at 08:28 PM
No demons--just a crazy person. No one needs more evangelicals anywhere, too many christians around, period.
sharon July 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
i go to that post office once or twice, and it seems very quiet and orderly.
sharon July 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM
After reading some of the comments that needs to go unsaid (name calling, telling people to go on medication) how dare the commentors complain about the man with the knife. You are just as bad, starting trouble. Wouldnt it be ok to just say we are sorry about what happened and wish the victim well? People are using this commentary to support their own political agenda. Sad
Pamela Jones July 27, 2012 at 09:15 PM
To L. Cane, who said "As has been proven many times, gun control only works for the law abiding citizen." Where has that been proven? What studies? It's an opinion, not a fact. Stricter limits in this country on gun manufacturing, importation, and ownership would, in my opinion, automatically reduce gun violence. It wouldn't eliminate it, but it would reduce it. And it obviously wouldn't stop anyone from killing with another weapon but guns make killing easy, impersonal, and fast.
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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