NPR intern recovering from knife attack

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In a random attack in the Chinatown neighborhood near NPR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, an NPR intern was stabbed in the neck yesterday morning by a young woman who appeared to be in a hypnotic trance, WJLA News reports. Several good samaritans came to the rescue of Annie Ropeick, a Boston University junior who is interning at NPR this summer, and one man tackled the suspect and held her down until police arrived. Ropeick, whose family lives in the D.C. region, is recovering at Howard University Hospital. “The entire staff is shocked and deeply concerned, and we are maintaining close contact with the family,” NPR said in a statement. Police have charged the suspect, 24-year-old Melodie Brevard of Southeast Washington, with assault with intent to kill. Investigators have yet to determine a motive for the attack, according to the Washington Post.

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