Teen to survive stabbing by man claiming to have killed Martin Luther King Jr.; suspect arrested

DDOTDeJon McGhee, 14, was fighting for his life last week when a DDOT passenger stabbed him in the chest for trying to intervene in a fight.

Now McGhee is in good condition at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, and police confirmed today that the 38-year-old suspect surrendered to police and is expected to be charged in a day or two.

Police initially arrested the wrong man.
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The incident happened when McGhee was riding the DDOT bus home from school last Wednesday evening.

McGhee, who was stabbed in the chest and bleeding heavily, was in critical condition at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

Police and witnesses said an irate passenger, who is black, began taunting a white passenger about race issues. At one point, the increasingly incensed suspect claimed he had killed the civil rights icon, triggering an argument with the teenager, who happened to attend Martin Luther King High School.

The argument spilled onto the street after the bus stopped at Dexter Avenue and Lawrence. Witnesses said the McGhee punched the man in the nose in self-defense and quickly retreated to the bus when the suspect pulled out a knife.

The teen was then stabbed.

The suspect took off.

MLK was killed by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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