Passerby prevents armed assault in Southeast DC

A person who happened to walk by as an armed assault was taking place early Saturday morning on a Southeast D.C. street, thought fast and tackled the armed offender to the ground — sparing the victim of becoming another crime statistic in a city that has been grappling with gun violence.

The victim and the good Samaritan then held the suspect until police arrived.

The offender’s gun went off during the tackle, but no one was hurt, D.C. police said. Only minor injuries were reported.

Police arrested and charged 42-year-old Eric English of Northwest D.C. with assault with a dangerous weapon.

The event took place in the Unit block of N Street, Southeast, at 2:15 a.m. Saturday.


Glynis Kazanjian

Glynis Kazanjian has been a freelance writer covering Maryland politics and government on the local, state and federal levels for the last 11 years. Her work is published in Maryland Matters, the Baltimore Post Examiner, Bethesda Beat and Md. Reporter. She has also worked as a true crime researcher.

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