WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - It's quite the story. Daniel Wenger, a 50-year-old man was reading news headlines on his iPad when a guy came up from behind him and swiped it.
In surveillance video from Metro, you can see Daniel Wenger chase after a young man who stole his iPad around noon on April 13.
Wenger was on a Blue line train headed toward Franconia. He had left the Pentagon to go home and then to a second job as an auxiliary police officer in Fairfax County.
Metro Transit Police Deputy Chief Ron Pavlik said, "I think that training helped him with making decisions. I don't want to speak for him, but I'm sure that training and background helped him that day."
The video surveillance tape shows the thief jumping off the train at the Reagan National Airport stop.
The chase continued with the men going in and out of trains at that stop. At one point Wenger's arm got stuck in Metro doors, breaking his arm. Metro police said the suspect jumped down and crossed the platform and even an electrified rail. Pavlik said the suspect is fortunate he wasn't critically hurt or electrocuted.
Just before the iPad thief got on another train, another passenger grabbed the iPad and yelled to Wenger to ask what was on his screensaver. Wenger said it was a picture of his wife and two children.
Wenger got his iPad, but had to get surgery on his arm and several stitches.
Wenger didn't want to do an on-camera interview, but we spoke to him on the phone on Tuesday and he says he's doing better and recovering from surgery to his arm after breaking it. He also got stitches in his shoulder and elbow.
Police did arrest the guy who took the iPad. He is Kayvon Studdard, an 18 year old from Landover, charged with grand larceny.
He was also charged as a fugitive because of five open warrants.