Po­lice Close Restau­rant Af­ter Of­fi­cer Is Stabbed Out­side

The Washington Post Sunday - - Metro Week - By Martin Weil and David Naka­mura

An off-duty D.C. po­lice of­fi­cer was stabbed late Fri­day out­side a North­west Wash­ing­ton restau­rant, and yes­ter­day po­lice shut it down.

The clos­ing of Solo’s, at 3566 14th St., is for 96 hours, but D.C. Coun­cil mem­ber Jim Gra­ham (DWard 1) said he ex­pected a chal­lenge to the restau­rant’s liquor li­cense. A restau­rant spokesman said it would fight any chal­lenge.

Es­tab­lish­ments serv­ing al­co­hol have been re­ceiv­ing greater scru­tiny in the Dis­trict and Prince Ge­orge’s County re­cently, in the wake of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents inside or nearby.

D.C. po­lice Sgt. Joe Gen­tile said the of­fi­cer, who was not named be­cause he is a wit­ness, was at the restau­rant when he saw two men al­legedly as­sault­ing a third. Gen­tile said the of­fi­cer iden­ti­fied him­self and, with a se­cu­rity guard, took the two out­side, where one al­legedly stabbed him.

He was listed in crit­i­cal but stable con­di­tion at a hospi­tal. One man was ar­rested af­ter a se­cu­rity guard chased him, po­lice said. They ar­rested a sec­ond man and charged him with as­sault­ing an of­fi­cer.

A restau­rant spokesman said the restau­rant ejected three men, and when the of­fi­cer went out­side a few min­utes later, one stabbed him. The spokesman said the stab­bing was un­con­nected to the restau­rant.

“The three guys were out­side, and the of­fi­cer came down­stairs,” Jose Esteves said.

Gra­ham said in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice have oc­curred at Solo’s, but Esteves said none oc­curred un­der cur­rent own­er­ship.

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