Councilman stabbed in attempted car robbery


Republican city councilman David Oh of Philadelphia is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed in the back on his left side Wednesday night in an alleged robbery attempt.

Oh, 57, was reportedly just getting out of his car near his home about 9:45 p.m. Monday night when the attack occurred. Oh said he was just removing some bags from his vehicle after returning home from a meeting with small-business leaders, when an African American man with a scruffy beard, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, approached him and said something he didn’t understand.

When Oh tried to speak to the man, the suspect demanded, “Give me the keys,” and stabbed him.  The suspect then took off running, without taking Oh’s keys or any other personal belongings.

Oh’s wife, Heesun, and neighbors reportedly found him lying on the ground in a pool of blood and called the police.  He was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Law enforcement are reportedly searching the area for any surveillance video and interviewing potential witnesses in the neighborhood. reported that Oh, a Republican, has been an “at-large” city councilman since 2011, was the first Asian-American ever elected to political office in Philadelphia, and is the only military veteran (with the Army National Guard) currently serving on the City Council.

He has lived in the neighborhood since 1953, but was this is not the first attack on the family.  In 1958, his cousin, In-Ho Oh, was killed in a murder that made national news, and just last year the 3600 block of Hamilton Street was renamed In-Ho Oh Memorial Way in his honor.




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