Police arrest 1 involved in Metro violence

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Three people were assaulted Friday night on Metro, one of them is in critical condition.

The first incident happened at 9:30 p.m. on the green line between Fort Totten and Greenbelt.

A 46- year- old man was assaulted on board, his name has not been released. Police arrested 22- year- old Dionte Daniels and charged him with attempted second degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment.

Lauren Miller rides the Metro almost every day, and was on board the green line when the fight broke out. "I was really close to it but I stayed away I didn't want to get involved. Police were there, I don't remember, I heard noise and screams."

Two hours later on the blue line a 19- year-old man was stabbed several times in the back, another teenager was cut in the hand. The fight started on board and continued on at the Stadium Armory Metro Station around 11:20 p.m. Both were treated and released.

Police are looking for those responsible and say the victims are not cooperating or pressing charges. Surveillance photos released show the men police want to talk to in connection with the crime.

The recent violence scares, but does not surprise Metro riders WUSA9 spoke to: "A little frightening, you don't know what's going to happen," Tonieka McLean,a metro rider says. "I have actually been attacked before," she says.

Destini Lindsay has had a similar experience. "I've experienced a bad situation before, I actually got jumped." She has no choice but to continue taking the metro, "I stay to myself mainly when I'm on the train," she says.

Paula Essex has been riding the metro for years. "I don't feel safe, I don't see a lot or transit police, there's a lot of stuff that happens." Essex, along with other riders we spoke to, said they would like to see more police or at least more station managers on duty. Typically, there are two station managers at the Armory station at a time. Metro police are not stationed at metros consistently, except during special events like the DC United game Saturday night.

Metro officials say they do not discuss police tactics for security reasons, but there are any number of reasons you might see increased police presence on any given night at any given time.


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