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 September 4, 2023

After fatal teen McDonald's sauce packet stabbing, DC enforces curfew to curb teenage crime

On the same day that a judge refused release for a 16-year-old girl suspected of fatally stabbing another adolescent in Washington, D.C. over what officials believe was a fight over a packet of McDonald's Sweet 'N Sour sauce, the city began implementing its juvenile curfew pilot program.

The deadly assault occurred at approximately 2:10 a.m. on August 27. FOX 5 DC reported that the D.C. Juvenile Curfew Enforcement Pilot, which incorporates the incident's time frame and location, was already in the works at the time of the fatal stabbing, as Fox News reported.

A second D.C. Superior Court judge denied parole on Friday for the 16-year-old girl charged with second-degree murder and other offenses in the death of Naima Liggon, also 16.

A detective testified that a dispute over the dipping sauce led to the stabbing outside the 24-hour McDonald's at U Street and 14th Northwest.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that the juvenile pilot program would focus on seven areas chosen by the Metropolitan Police Department "that have experienced a substantial increase in the number of young people involved in criminal conduct such as robberies or carjackings."  She didn't talk about the incident directly.

Yet, just hours after the test program started on Friday, shots were fired in the 1300 block of 7th Street just before midnight. Two teens were killed, and a third was hospitalized in critical condition.

FOX 5 DC said that Mikeya Ferguson, 19, and Cle'shai Perry, 18, were the two people who died, while a 16-year-old girl is fighting for her life.

Sunday through Thursday, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m., anyone under the age of 17 can't be in a public place or on the property of a business.

Officers will take children who break the curfew to "achievement centers" run by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services until they can be reunited with a parent or guardian the next morning. This policy went into effect on Friday, September 1.

Bowser was asked about the changes at a press event Thursday:

"I didn’t have the conversation with the U.S. Attorney, so I’m quite sure if he said it he has some trend information or data to suggests that that’s the appropriate prosecution journey.

"I would welcome him to have that conversation with all of us," Mayor Bowser said. "I think we need both prosecutors in the District to take this seriously.

"None of us want to be in a position where we’re teaching children that there are no consequences for bad activity because if we don’t teach them, they’re going to learn it one way or another. And they’re going to learn it, unfortunately by going to a hospital, going to a funeral, or going to jail."

Mayor Bowser did not explicitly respond to FOX 5's inquiry as to whether she believed the 16-year-old suspect in the fatal stabbing should have been charged as an adult. As a juvenile, the minor is currently charged with second-degree murder.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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