Man Arrested in Thursday Stabbing on Frederick Douglass Bridge

Crime Blotter: August 22nd

The old Frederick Douglass Bridge is pictured from the north shore of the Anacostia River, August 2018. File Photo/CCN

Police said that an inspector working on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Project was stabbed Thursday afternoon.

At around 2:30 p.m. August 22, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers went to the bridge after getting reports of an aggravated assault. There, they found 62-year-old Robert Bolich, of Alexandria, suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Bolich was one of the inspectors on the project, Newsham said. He was taken to local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A suspect, 42-year-old Lance Ammons, of no fixed address, was taken into custody at scene.

“It appears like it happened in the pedestrian walkway,” said MPD Chief Peter Newsham, speaking to reporters late Thursday afternoon. “The victim in this case is one of the contract workers that is working on the bridge.”

Construction on the bridge, which is being replaced due to structural and functional inefficiencies, in late 2018 and will conclude in 2022.

“We don’t know exactly what transpired, what the motive was for the stabbing, but we do have a suspect in custody.”

Newsham said the suspect did not appear to be another employee on the project.

Other News

At 7:40 a.m. Thursday, a car was stolen on the 300 block of 11th Street NE.

At 8:10 a.m. Thursday, a woman was arrested on Columbus Circle NE on charges of Disorderly Conduct.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, a car was stolen on the 1200 block of G Street NE.At 3:03 p.m. Thursday, a man was arrested on the 400 block of M Street SE on charges of Theft.

At 3:35 p.m. Thursday, a man was arrested on the 700 block of 18th Street NE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 5:20 p.m. Thursday, a man was arrested on the 600 block of F Street NE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 6:29 p.m. Thursday, a car was stolen on the 1900 block of Bennett Place NE.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

  • Brief description of the activity;
  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 23rd, 2019 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.