15 Year Old Transgender Female Stabbed on Green Line Metro, Arrest Made – “charges include the possibility of enhanced penalties for hate/bias motivation”

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From Metro Transit Police:

“Metro Transit Police have arrested and charged Reginald Anthony KLAIBER, 24, of Greenbelt, Md., with assault with a deadly weapon (knife) following an assault on a juvenile transgender female this afternoon aboard a Green Line train. The charges include the possibility of enhanced penalties for hate/bias motivation.

Transit Police officers were dispatched at 4:38 p.m. today for an assault in progress aboard a Branch Avenue-bound Green Line train on approach to Fort Totten. Officers responded to Fort Totten Station, where they apprehended the suspect as he attempted to flee the scene. Officers also recovered a 3.5-inch folding knife.

The victim, a 15-year-old transgender female, was allegedly stabbed in the back by the suspect after the two exchanged words aboard the train. Witnesses told Transit Police detectives that the suspect made bias-motivated remarks about the victim’s transgender status immediately prior to the assault.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening puncture wound. She is listed in stable condition.

If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum penalty on the assault with a deadly weapon charge subject to a 1½ times enhancement under District of Columbia law.”

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  • This crime is heinous. Still enhanced hate/bias laws are bullshit.

    They do nothing to prevent hate/bias. At all.

    • they should make them stronger then, like 2x the penalty not just 1.5x.

    • That’s not the point. It’s not intended to prevent the crime, but rather to allow for federal prosecution because there might be bias at the state level…even within the state law enforcement agencies.

      • Yeah, hate crime laws came about to combat the legacy of (mostly Southern) juries acquitting white people who beat up/killed blacks.

      • That was the original justification for federal hate crime legislation. But, lots of states have enacted hate crime statues which are as the 1st commenters stated harsher penalties for otherwise comparable crimes (deliberate unprovoked violence against innocent individuals).

        • We also have harsher penalties for premeditated murder as opposed to other types of murder charges. Intent already matters in many criminal charges; this is just one more such consideration.

          • We have harsher penalties for premeditated murder because we can draw a clear link on intent. Some murders happen where intent is hard to prove. Let’s say I’ve said something online or in social media once about a people with a so-called shared identity. Then one day I get into a scuffle with a person of that identity group. The circumstances of that scuffle aren’t clear. Was it hate/bias driven? Do I deserve enhanced penalties? How can you prove/disprove my motivation in that case?

            If you plan to kill someone and carry out acts that further that plan, that is ENTIRELY different to me.

          • Moreover, planning to kill someone is a crime. Hating someone based on gender, ethnicity, creed, etc is not. Probably because you shouldn’t be legislating people’s feelings hmm?

    • Agreed on both counts.

    • And are rarely enforced.

    • That’s a lie, and you’re obviously not part of a community that needs additional protection under hate crime law. In cases like this, hate crime law allows for additional charges to people who attack you based solely on gender/identity and the reason for the attack is to motivate fear within a community. This man most definitely deserves hate crime slapped against him (watch the news reports) and these laws are necessary.

  • Big man, beating up on a teenager for being different. I hope they send this hateful bully away for a long, long time.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I hope she recovers quickly and has plenty of support.

  • binpetworth

    I truly don’t understand these heinous crimes. Why does somebody’s gender identity pose any threat to you? It’s just simple hate.

    I too hope this creep gets locked away and the victim recovers quickly.

    • According to the victim’s friend, the assailant appeared to be sexually harassing the victim first, then stabbed her.

  • I hope she has a speedy recovery – physically and emptionally – and that this guy is put away for a long time.

  • My goodness, who assaults a kid nine years their senior regardless of any other detail?

  • Glad they caught the creep – considering all the other crime reported on Metro I’m shocked they got him.
    Hope the victim recovers quickly and that she has a good support network to get her through this tough time – she’s brave and tough to be out as trans so young – go girl!!

  • Go look at his Facebook page. Looks like a real winner.

  • Who wants to bet that this guy is gay?

  • Lock him away for a very long time.

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