- The Washington Times - Friday, March 16, 2007

Noble: Three local citizens who protected the elderly from a knife-waving attacker.

On Thursday, three Northern Virginia residents were awarded the Carnegie Medal for protecting the residents at Goodwin House retirement home against attacks by an employee wielding a steak knife. John C. Springer and Amadu Jalloh of Alexandria and Jane Margaret Dow of Arlington are among the 20 award recipients who will receive a $5,000 grant from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for risking their lives “to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.”

Mr. Springer was at Goodwin on Jan. 9 visiting his mother when he heard screaming in a nearby room. He found Mustafa Mohamed, a housekeeper, slashing the face of Jeanne Hobbs, the home’s food services manager, who had scolded Mr. Mohamed earlier that day. When Mr. Springer tried to pull Mr. Mohamed away from the woman, the assailant knocked him to the floor and began inflicting similar slash wounds to his face. Before being subdued, Mr. Mohamed made his way down the hallway of the home and attacked four other residents, two of whom were stabbed or slashed. Luckily, Mr. Jalloh, a private nurse working with a resident, and Ms. Dow, also visiting her mother, jumped in to help protect the residents. Both sustained injuries in the ensuing tussle, but with the help of Ms. Dow’s pepper spray, they were able to end the vicious rampage and restrain Mr. Mohamed until police arrived.

For risking life and limb to protect the Goodwin House residents, John C. Springer, Amadu Jalloh and Jane Margaret Dow are the Nobles of the week.

Knave: A Maryland soldier who smuggled automatic weapons from Iraq into the United States

Leonard Stephan Lockley brought more than war stories home from his 2003 tour in Iraq. The 26-year-old soldier from Bowie was arrested on Tuesday and charged with receiving, possessing and selling four AK-47-style rifles from Iraq. The rifles were in a “metal chest containing a false bottom,” a Justice Department affidavit relates. In March 2004, Mr. Lockley sold the guns for $4,000 to $5,000 to Omar Holmes (and other unnamed buyers) who pleaded guilty to several bank robberies in the D.C.-Maryland area over a six-month period in 2004. After Mr. Holmes’ arrest, FBI and ATF agents tracked the rifles used in the robberies to Mr. Lockley.

If convicted, Mr. Lockley could serve up to 25 years in prison on multiple charges, including receiving an unlawfully imported firearm, illegally possessing a machine gun and illegally transferring an unregistered firearm. He has not been charged with any crimes related to the robberies, which netted the thieves about $350,000.

For endangering the public, aiding in a crime spree and abusing the good name of soldiers everywhere Leonard Stephan Lockley is the Knave of the week.

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