MPD announced on Friday that they have arrested 57 year old Hector Louis Felix of Northwest for the fatal stabbing of 44 year old Suitland, MD resident Eric Lee Smith on August 10th. Mr. Felix allegedly stabbed Mr. Smith at a bus stop on the X2 line while Smith argued with a third man. Passengers were boarding the bus at the time. Felix stabbed Smith repeatedly in the chest (according to the Washington Post), or in the back (according to NBC News 4). MPD suggests that Felix did not know Smith or the other man who was
The Washington Post has a another piece that tells a little more of the story. According to the article, Smith boarded a crowded bus, couldn't find a seat and bumped a small child with his bag while leaving the bus. The child's mother followed Smith off the bus and confronted him about not apologizing. They began to argue. Another man intervened and he and Smith became involved in a physical fight, during which Smith punched the unnamed man multiple times while on top of him. That's when Felix approached with a knife. Smith saw the knife, got off the other man, and began to back into traffic, where he was hit by a moving vehicle. Smith reportedly said to Felix "Oh, you’ve got a knife, go ahead, swing it," after which Felix did, stabbing Smith repeatedly in the chest with it. According to an NBC News 4 story Felix then WALKED AWAY heading east on H Street. Several witnesses assisted police.
More details in the WaPo piece "Witnesses say fatal H Street stabbing was over a bump on a crowded bus," as well as in this story from NBC News 4 "Man Stabbed on H Street NE Bumped Someone on Bus, Witnesses Say."
Here's the full press release:
August 14, 2015
Arrest made in Homicide:
800 block of H Street, Northeast
(Washington, DC) - Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch announced the arrest of a suspect who was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred on Monday, August 10, 2015, at approximately 3:49 pm in the 800 block of H Street, Northeast.
On Friday, August 14, 2015 pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 57 year Hector L. Felix of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the stabbing death of 44-year-old Eric Lee Smith.