- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2011

A D.C. teen pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to multiple stabbings of another teen during the National Zoo’s Easter Monday event.

Mshairi Alkebular, 16, was charged as an adult and faces a maximum 20 years in prison for two felony counts of assault with intent to kill while armed.

Authorities say that around 4 p.m. on April 25, Alkebular attacked a 14-year-old boy with a knife after an earlier fight began near the small mammal house.

The victim was stabbed twice in the elbow before zoo police broke up the fight and told the boys to leave.

Once outside, the victim saw Alkebular, attempted to flee along Connecticut Avenue but was stopped by the older boy and stabbed four times in the chest. He was taken to Children’s Hospital where he received treatment for serious and life-threatening injuries. But he was eventually able to identify Alkebular as his assailant.

Police arrested Alkebular because the knife he was carrying and clothing he was wearing matched the description given by the victim.

Both teens were at the zoo for the annual family event for black families that evolved from a tradition more than 100 years old.

Alkebular is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 8.

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