Post by Prof. Stevie Linton:
“My heart sank when I heard this news. David is a good man, the one true good politician I know. He’s a martial artist, a brown belt in jiu jitsu. I’ve competed alongside him at pan ams and at master worlds as team mates. Which isn’t easy for a man as busy as he is with work and multiple kids. He still found time to dedicate to training and make the trek across the country just to test his skills.
He was attacked outside his house after complying with all his assailants dema…nds. Sad to think people resort to this, especially against a man who in the end is fighting to better that community. That’s the irony, this person who hurt David didn’t know that David was the very man trying to eliminate the circumstances in which he would have to do such things like that.
David is doing better and is stable after a stab wound to his neck. Bad things happen to good people, to retaliate in the same manner only perpetuates a cycle of violence. So rise above and wish David the best, for him and his family. Hopefully the authorities catch this person and they suffer their consequences.”
Police said Oh, 57, was unloading his car on the 5800 block of Thomas Avenue in Kingsessing around 10 p.m. last night when a man approached him and pulled out a knife, then demanded that Oh give him his car keys before stabbing Oh on the left side of his torso.
Oh’s wife, Heesun Oh, found her husband on the ground outside and dialed 911, according to police. Oh was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and is expected to make a recovery.
In a statement, Oh’s office said the councilman “thanks the medical staff, his Council and City colleagues, and the community for their prayers and support, and he looks forward to getting back to City Hall to serve Philadelphia.”
Authorities are still searching for the suspect, who is described as an African-American man in his mid-20s with a beard, wearing a dark shirt with white letters and dark pants. He was last seen running west on Thomas Avenue toward Cobbs Creek Parkway.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage and speaking with witnesses of the stabbing and attempted robbery. Police said they do not believe the incident was related to Oh’s City Council position. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
Several city officials and politicians have expressed their sympathy for Oh, a Republican father of four who became the first Asian American elected to political office in Philadelphia in 2011.
Oh remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery last night.