DC begins enforcing curfew to deter youth crime after teen’s fatal stabbing over McDonald’s sauce packet

The nation’s capitol began enforcing a juvenile curfew program on Friday, the day a judge refused bond for a 16 year-old girl who was accused of fatally stabbing a teen in Washington, D.C., over what authorities deemed a disagreement over a McDonald’s sweet ‘n sour sauce packet.

The fatal attack took place on August 27, at around 2:10 am. FOX 5 DC reported that the D.C. Juvenile Curfew Implementation Pilot, which includes both the timeframe of the incident and the location, was already underway at the time the fatal stabbing occurred.

A second D.C. Superior Court Judge refused to grant bail for the 16 year old girl who is facing charges of second-degree murder as well as other charges related to the death of Naima Liggon.

A detective stated that the stabbing was the result of a dispute about the dipping sauce at the 24-hour McDonald’s near U Street and 14th Street Northwest.


D.C. Mayor Muriel BOWSER announced on Thursday, without addressing directly the incident, that the pilot program for juveniles would focus on seven areas chosen by the Metropolitan Police Department. These include neighborhoods that have seen a “substantial increase” in young people engaging in criminal activity such as carjacking or robbery.

Just before midnight, just hours after the pilot program was implemented, two teenagers were killed and another remained in critical condition in hospital after shots were fired in the 1300 Block of 7th Street. FOX 5 DC reported that the two dead were Mikeya Ferguson, 19, and Cle’shai Perrin, 18, while a 16 year old girl is still fighting for her own life.

Minors are prohibited from being on premises or in public places between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, Sunday through Thursday, and 12:01 am to 6:00 am, Saturday and Sunday.

Matthew Graves, the U.S. Attorney for District of Columbia, announced last week that he would be pursuing adult charges in relation to 16 and 17 year old carjacking and theft suspects.

Bowser stated in a Thursday press release that the pilot program for juvenile curfew “will relieve MPD officers from this responsibility and allow them to return patrolling during critical hours.”

Previously, police would take juveniles who violated curfews to the station, where they had to wait with them until their parents or guardians could be located. The mayor stated that officers will bring youths into a “safe place” before returning to the community and continuing patrol.

“The majority of our youth are doing what they should be doing – they’re back in school, involved in extracurriculars and they’re safe and supervised in the evenings. We need this to be true of all our young people. If there are kids or teenagers in unsafe situations, then we must reach out to their families. Bowser stated in a Thursday statement. When I was a child, my father would tell me that there is nothing good on the streets after 11 pm. We want to bring our children home and keep them safe. If they aren’t, then we want the families to work with us in order to help their kids get the help they need.