Metro Transit Police today charged Michael Levaughn Williams, 19 of Washington, D.C., with Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse for an incident at L’Enfant Plaza on January 29, 2013. Williams is alleged to have approached a female victim on the New Carrollton/Largo Town Center platform and grabbed her inappropriately from behind. She was able to break away and board the waiting train.
Subsequently, on February 2 at approximately 9:45 a.m., the same victim alleges that Williams approached her again, this time through the emergency doors of a Vienna-bound Orange Line train. The victim reported that Williams began assaulting her by touching her inappropriately. A bystander intervened, contacted the train operator via the emergency intercom, and requested the help of Metro Transit Police. Williams ran off the train at the next station and left the area prior to police responding.
Transit Police Detectives were able to identify the suspect, and a bulletin was issued to all MTPD officers with Williams’ description and photo. He was stopped and arrested yesterday by two MTPD patrol officers.
Williams was charged today in connection with the assault at L’Enfant Plaza. Additional charges for the February 2 incident are pending.
Sexual assault or harassment are not tolerated on Metro. Victims and bystanders should contact Metro Transit Police immediately at (202) 962-2121. Victims can also report incidents online at www.wmata.com/harassment.