Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced today that an arrest has been made in connection with the stabbing attack of a transgender woman in D.C.’s Fort Stanton neighborhood.
The woman, who was stabbed up to 40 times and suffered injuries to her back, hands and chest, including a punctured lung, was attacked in an abandoned house in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE around 1 a.m. on Friday, June 21.
Patrol officers from the MPD’s Seventh District arrived at the scene where they discovered the victim suffering from numerous stab wounds. Paramedics transported the victim to Prince George’s Hospital Center, in Cheverly, Md., where she was admitted and remains in serious but stable condition.
According to local transgender activists Earline Budd, who knew the victim through her work at Transgender Health Empowerment, and Ruby Corado, who visited the victim in the hospital, the victim knew her attacker.
MPD announced the morning the arrest of 23-year-old Michael McBride of Southeast D.C., who has been charged with assault with intent to kill.
Records from D.C. Superior Court show that McBride was previously arrested on a charge of robbery and was scheduled to appear in court for that charge on June 28. As of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, court records had not been updated to indicate whether McBride had been arraigned on the charges or scheduled for a preliminary hearing.
Area LGBT activists were critical of MPD in the days following the stabbing, claiming the police were not forthcoming with information about the case, such as whether an arrest had been made, or in issuing alerts so that members of the transgender community could take precautions.
Budd, along with The DC Center, the city’s LGBT community center; the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA); Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), a program of The DC Center; and the D.C. Trans Coalition (DCTC), announced Wednesday they will be holding a community meeting and press conference at The DC Center, at 1318 U St. NW, Friday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m., to address some of those concerns about police protocol and community notification.