Richmond police seeking suspects in Fan stabbing

Published: Dec. 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2011 at 4:17 AM EST
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Update (12/21) - Richmond Police have provided the following update on this investigation:

Richmond Police detectives need the public's help to find and identify two men involved in the stabbing of another man in the Fan District.

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, a fight broke out in the 1500 block of West Main Street between two groups of men. During the struggle, one of the victims, a 25-year-old man, was cut and suffered an 8-inch stab wound to his abdomen. The other victim, a 22-year-old man, suffered a broken nose.

The first suspect is described as a white male, about 6'1 feet to 6'3 feet tall with a very slender and lanky build. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and had short, dark wavy hair. 

The second suspect is also a white male, approximately 5'8 feet to 5'9 feet tall with brown hair and some facial hair. He was last seen wearing a brown thermal shirt.

A person of interest involved in the fight has a distinctive Redskins helmet tattoo on the top of one of his hands. 

Detectives are also pulling possible surveillance images from the area.

Anyone with any information about this incident or these men is asked to call Detective Christina Benkahla at (804) 646-6795 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police are investigating a stabbing in the Fan.

This happened around 2:30 Sunday morning on West Main Street between Lombardy and North Plum. Fortunately the man stabbed is expected to be okay.

It was closing time for Jamie Smith at the Baja Bean Restaurant and Cantina when her night at work took a turn for the worse.

"They just started yelling and screaming," Smith said.

She was across the street when a large group of people walking up Main Street started getting into a heated argument. She says someone pulled a woman's hair and that's when tensions started to boil. That argument eventually led to one man being stabbed.

"One guy was trying to hold one of them back," Smith said.  "I kept hearing him say, 'I'm your friend right now, I'm your friend' and he pushed him against the wall because he was obviously really enraged."

She says she went inside to get her manager and didn't see the stabbing firsthand. Police say the suspect in this stabbing ran off before officers arrived on scene.

People being loud late at night outside bars in the Fan may not be all that uncommon but people there say having it turn violent like this is rare.

"We'll get a person mugged in Monroe Park, you know that kind of stuff," she said.  "I don't really hear about a lot going on around this main area. The Fan is supposed to be safe."

This part of the Fan is not too far from VCU's campus. Smith says this area is now quieter than usual now that most students are now done for the semester.

"It's Christmas time," she said.  "You're not supposed to be stabbing each other."

If you have any information that can help with their investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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