- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 20, 2007

A D.C. man was charged yesterday with kidnapping and attacking a woman, who is in critical condition with cuts and stab wounds on her neck and upper body.

The suspect, Koh Chong, 26, of the 1200 block Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, also was found with multiple cut and stab wounds and was taken to a hospital.

Police received a call yesterday at 6:35 a.m. and responded to the Massachusetts Avenue apartment building, said Lt. Robert Glover, of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes and Homicide Branch. They found the victim inside a fifth-floor unit.

Blood and evidence throughout the apartment complex led police to search the entire building. In a 10th-floor exercise room restroom, police said they found Mr. Chong.

“He had slash wounds, but they may have been from attempted suicide,” Lt. Glover said.

Investigators think the couple had been together in the fifth-floor apartment but have not determined how long the woman had been there and whether she had another, permanent address.

“It appears the victim was held against her will,” said Lt. Glover said. He also said that the victim was taken immediately into surgery and that her name and address are being withheld because she is a witness in an investigation.

“It is going to be critical to talk to her when she is able,” Lt. Glover said. The victim and suspect are Asian and speak some English, but police are still using interpreters.

Investigators also have declined to discuss details about evidence, including the weapon or weapons.

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