Police Announce Arrest in Quadruple Stabbing

Three University of Maryland Students Injured in Fight

By John Wist
|  Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 2:21 PM EDT
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Police Announce Arrest in Quadruple Stabbing

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Prince George's County Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a bar brawl in which four people were stabbed, including three University of Maryland students.

The incident happened early Tuesday morning. A fight started inside the Thirsty Turtle Bar at about 1:30 a.m. and then moved outside and down the block to the Cornerstone Grill, police said.

Leonardo Ramos, 21, of Kensington, Md., is now in custody. Ramos is the brother of Jose Ramos, 23, one of the people stabbed. The three others were University of Maryland students: two 19-year-olds and a 20-year-old.

All four were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released.

Police have charged Leonardo Ramos with three counts of attempted second degree murder, four counts of first degree assault and four counts of use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Those who were stabbed have not been charged, although police said the investigation is ongoing. 

County Police arrested Ramos at his house in Kensington around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after re-interviewing Jose Ramos and reviewing surveillance video from that night.

The suspect changed his appearance, including shaving his head, police said.

He will appear before county police today.

Meanwhile, University of Maryland police are pushing for the Thirsty Turtle to be shut down. "The Thirsty Turtle has become an attractive nuisance," said UMD Police Chief Dave Mitchell. "Let’s shut it down."

The victims and the suspect were drunk, said police, and that this isn’t the first time underage drinking has been an issue at this particular bar. Mitchell says police have sent underage students into the Thirsty Turtle, and even after their IDs were checked, they were let in.


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