D.C. Bartender Stabbed While Walking Patron Home Faces Staggering Medical Bills

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It began as a gallant gesture. An off-the-clock bartender offered to walk a female patron home. But the night would lead to a punctured lung, two surgeries and medical bills that could go as high as $100,000.

Mike Boone of Trusty's Bar in Washington, D.C.'s East Hill neighborhood was walking a customer home earlier this month when a man grabbed the woman's purse. Boone fended off the attacker but the fight left him with eight stab wounds, which included a punctured lung, Washington radio station WTOP reports.

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"A lot of people think that I did a foolish thing and they wouldn't do that," Boone, who has no medical insurance, told WTOP. But he added that he strongly disagrees. "People need to stand up."

Boone told WUSA that the would-be robber jumped out from behind bushes or an alley and grabbed the woman's purse. Boone says that he then wrestled the man to the ground.

"Before I knew it, he had gotten up and ran away," Boone told the Washington TV station. He says that he then lifted his shirt and saw that he was gushing blood from the gashes inflicted by a 6-inch knife blade, and that was the last thing he remembers before passing out.

Boone was airlifted to a local hospital where he underwent two surgeries and spent four days.

Boone now faces huge medical bills -- as much as $20,000 to $100,000, he said. The helicopter ride alone could cost $8,000.

Bar management and regulars have stepped in to help, holding a fundraiser this week to aid the barkeep with his expenses.

"We asked people for help and a lot of people and bars donated gift certificates to raffle off," Trusty's General Manager Adam Maradian told WUSA.

As for the robber, WUSA reports that he was caught by D.C. Metro Police, who were aided in the capture after the suspect dropped his I.D. -- and parole papers -- at the crime scene.





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Linda

ADVICE: If you are going to be walking after dark better not do it in DC. Such a shame we have come to this in MOST of our cities. And now taking away guns from non criminals it will only get worse!!!

October 10 2013 at 8:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jnrentz

Was this a Zebra crime?

April 23 2013 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mark s

sue the robber who stabbed him

June 28 2012 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Benjamin

The judge that let him out and the parole officer should pay his bills. and compensate him (lawsuit).And the judge that released him should do the same time in jail as the criminal does. There should be a law that states if the released offender re-commits the judge and parole officer has to do the time in jail as well.

May 30 2012 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura Ahearn

Because Mike Boone was the victim of a violent crime he may be entitled to reimbursement for all of his medical bills relating to that crime. He needs to contact the Crime Victims Center and ask of an advocate who will assit him in completing the necessary paperwork to get coverage. (631) 689-2672

May 21 2012 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
slane46697

Now this is what is called getting involved. Congrats to you Mike Boone, you are a fine example of caring for your fellow man and defending the weak. God will make a way for you. Praying for you and your healing.

May 21 2012 at 5:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
saale

Here's your chance to help out.....

If you'd like to help the bartender pay his bills, you can make a donation at Trusty's, located at 1420 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, or send a gift through PayPal to Boone's email address: mike.boone@yahoo.com.

May 19 2012 at 10:08 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
justbychance9

Disgusting, dropped his parole papers. The parole officers responsible for THAT should
get the medical bills. Their inaccurate judgement and or lack or foresight or training regarding
this individuals character caused this. Perhaps with all the wealthy politicians and
concentration of federal jobs in DC, perhaps someone financially able will step up, maybe
Pres. and Mrs. Obama. They are worth millions and what a great campaign strategy.

May 19 2012 at 8:19 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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hoeassnicka

are u fu­cking retarded?

May 27 2012 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rodney

Really sad part is....in the pen. the criminal gets free medical

May 19 2012 at 8:15 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
teacher673

Very very sad. Nice 'reward' for a hero. However, too many people don't purchase coverage because they prefer not to pay the cost and this is precisely why one needs to be covered. [No, not because they may be knifed breaking up a fight in a bar, but for the unknown.] It's frequently not about being able to pay it, but preferring not to because they rather have a nicer car, a bigger apartment, saving for a house-- all understandable desires. But, one needs to live within their means, and that means budgeting in health care insurance, as much as food, housing, cell phones, computers, etc. If it means driving a smaller car, having a smaller apartment, less vacations, and saving longer for a house - that's the way it goes. But we've become a society where everyone wants everything right away, and is willing to forego something as important as health insurance, to put that money in a place where they see a tangible reward or return.

May 19 2012 at 8:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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