Food worker stabbed at Constitution Center

Posted: September 26, 2011

A CATERING WORKER at the National Constitution Center did not promote the general welfare of others when he practiced his right to bear arms and stabbed a co-worker in the leg early yesterday morning, police said.

The assailant, whose identity was not released yesterday, fled but turned himself in during the afternoon, police said. He is expected to enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.

The assault is the second bizarre incident this week at the center, which is on Independence Mall and claims on its website "to bring the U.S. Constitution to life" for visitors.

On Thursday, actress Kim Delaney, a Roxborough native, exercised her right to freedom of speech when she delivered a confusing and kooky address at the center during the Liberty Medal Ceremony to honor former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

The clip of the "Army Wives" star's speech went viral, and many questioned whether Delaney, who has previously been arrested for driving under the influence, was intoxicated.

In yesterday's incident, police said two men, ages 21 and 36, were working in the basement catering kitchen about 3:30 a.m. when they began arguing.

The argument led to a fight that ended when the 36-year-old stabbed the younger man three times in the leg, police said.

The victim was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday.

The men were employees of Brulee Catering and not of the center, according to similarly worded statements from the center and the caterer.

Brulee is "the exclusive culinary service provider to the National Constitution Center," the center's website says.

A Brulee spokeswoman said that the company is cooperating with police and conducting its own investigation, and that the two men will "remain inactive pending results of the investigation."

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