Woman arrested in double scissor stabbing in Dupont Circle

Police have arrested a woman who randomly attacked two men with scissors in Dupont Circle on Friday night.

D.C. police announced Monday that they had 35-year-old Mary Nelson Kennedy in custody and had charged her with assault with a dangerous weapon for the attack.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, Nelson Kennedy allegedly stabbed one of the men in the back of the neck.

According to court documents obtained by WTOP, the first victim said he was stopped in front of Z Burger in the 2100 block of P Street when he felt a “punch” in the back of his neck.

The first victim said he then saw Nelson Kennedy approach a man sitting at a bus stop and stab him in the neck before taking off running.

The second victim, who said he was smoking a cigarette when Nelson Kennedy “slapped” him with an unknown object, was interviewed by police at an area hospital where he was being treated for minor injuries to the neck.

A witness interviewed by police said both actions were “unprovoked.”

During the investigation, police said the first victim pointed in the direction of Nelson Kennedy when no other civilians were around her and said, “That’s her in the pinkish pants.”

The same witness reported that she saw Nelson Kennedy running away from the crime scene when she was tased and arrested by a Secret Service officer.

A bloody pair of scissors was discovered in Nelson Kennedy’s purse.

Ciara Wells

Ciara Wells is the Evening Digital Editor at WTOP. She is a graduate of American University where she studied journalism and Spanish. Before joining WTOP, she was the opinion team editor at a student publication and a content specialist at an HBCU in Detroit.

Kate Corliss

Kate Corliss is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. She is a senior studying journalism at American University and serves as the Campus Life Editor for the student newspaper, The Eagle.

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