National Zoo Stabbing Suspect To Be Charged As Adult; Identified By Court Source

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A 16-year-old DC youth accused of stabbing another teen remains in custody, charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder while armed.

Mshairi Alkebular, of Birney Place in Southeast, was arrested Monday near a Metro stop in Chinatown shortly after a 14-year-old was stabbed at the National Zoo.

In court, prosecutors said Alkebular, known on the streets as "Swiper," stabbed the victim twice in the elbow on the grounds of the zoo while his alleged accomplices helped beat the youth.

Later, when the victim was attempting to leave the zoo, he was pounced on by the group and stabbed four more times in the chest.

The 14-year-old was still being treated at Children's Hospital late  Tuesday.

Prosecutors say he was able to identify Mshairi Alkebular from a photo.

The two knew one another from the Barry Farms neighborhood in Southeast. 

A group that mentors potential violent youth tells 9NEWS NOW the incident at the National Zoo on African American Family Day could have been prevented.

The Alliance Of Concerned Black Men says its members began volunteering at the zoo on the Monday after Easter to help keep the peace. The Alliance was prompted by a shooting 11 years ago that saw seven children injured.

They stopped volunteering at the zoo some years ago when zoo officials told them they were no longer needed as the threat of violence seemed to have ended. 

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