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D.C. Prisoner Stabbed by Unknown Assailant Settles for $15,000

On March 25, 2005, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $15,000 to settle with plaintiff Gary Rowe, who sued the district seeking compensation for injuries he sustained when he was stabbed in a jail shower.

According to Rowe’s complaint, he was taking a shower at the D.C. jail on August 24, 2003, when he was stabbed several times by an unknown assailant. As a result, Rowe suffered stab wounds to his stomach, chest, arm, and right shoulder. Rowe also fell during his attack, sustaining a back injury.

Rowe claimed the guards were negligent and that they failed to properly monitor and supervise the shower area and that this negligence was the proximate cause of his injuries.

See: Rowe v. District of Columbia, D.C. Superior Court, Civil Action No. 03-9735.

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