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Homeless Man Says Devil Told Him to Stab Bridge Inspector

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    Frederick Douglass Bridge Slaying Suspect Had Prior Arrests

    The man accused of killing a contractor at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge had multiple prior arrests. Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Friday, Aug. 23, 2019)

    A homeless man admitted stabbing a bridge inspector Thursday afternoon, telling police the devil told him to do it, according to charging documents.

    Lance Ammons, 42, stabbed Robert Bolich, 62, four times with a pocket knife on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge pedestrian walkway, according to charging documents.

    Witnesses saw Bolich in his reflective vest waving for help. He ran a short distance before collapsing.

    Bolich was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Suspect Said Devil Told Him to Stab Bridge Inspector: Police

    [DC] Homeless Man Told Police Devil Told Him to Stab Contractor on Frederick Douglass Bridge

    According to charging documents, a homeless man admitted to stabbing a bridge inspector working on the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Darcy Spencer reports.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 23, 2019)

    Ammons told police he regained control of his thoughts after the stabbing.

    Ammons said he lives in a forest near the bridge and he came to D.C. to prepare for the end of the world, according to charging documents.

    In 2007, Ammons was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and received 90-day suspended sentence.

    In 2011, he was accused of assaulting a police officer and threatening to do bodily harm, but those charges were dismissed. Prosecutors were not ready to proceed with the case, records say. 

    Court documents show Ammons was arrested by U.S. Park Police in 2016 for “threatening to kidnap or cause bodily harm” to someone in front of the Organization of American States Building. It’s not clear whether he was prosecuted for that. A Park Police spokesperson said details of that incident are not available.

    Bolich, of Alexandria, Virginia, worked for infrastructure design firm HNTB. He was working on the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

    Bridge Inspector Killed on Frederick Douglass Bridge

    [DC] Bridge Inspector Killed on Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

    Police have a man in custody in the Thursday afternoon killing of a bridge inspector working on the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Jackie Bensen reports.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019)

    Ammons is charged with first-degree murder. A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered him held without bond until a Sept. 4 court date.

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