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“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to share a video that a local middle school student posted of a high school student assaulting someone on the metro. I did file a report with the police and they are investigating to see if the incident can be matched with a reported assault. From my experience as a teacher these incidents occur often and are not addressed and students do not receive consequences for their actions. Usually, these videos are deleted and are circulated amongst students but withheld from administrators and other adults. I’m not sure what actions can be taken if any but I thought this might be a place to start in order to bring awareness and help prevent these assaults from occurring.”


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Thanks to a reader for passing on this frightening news. From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia:

“Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, who is employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department, was arrested today on charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Young will have his initial appearance here at 2 p.m. today in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Young has been employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department since 2003. Law enforcement first interviewed Young in September 2010 in connection with his acquaintance, Zachary Chesser, who one month later pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists. Over the next several years Young had numerous interactions with undercover law enforcement officers and a cooperating witness regarding Young’s knowledge or interest of terrorist related activity, many of which were recorded. Law enforcement also interviewed Young’s family and co-workers. Several meetings Young had with an undercover law enforcement officer in 2011 included another of Young’s acquaintances, Amine El Khalifi, who later pleaded guilty to charges relating to attempting a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol Building in 2012. Read More


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“Metro Transit Police today arrested a juvenile suspect on Aggravated Assault charges for his role in the December 21 assault aboard a Red Line train at NoMa-Gallaudet Station.

The assault occurred aboard the train as it approached NoMa-Gallaudet Station at approximately 5 p.m. The adult male victim was struck in his face, causing a loss of consciousness and serious injuries that required hospitalization.

The juvenile, whose name cannot be released due to his age, is a 17-year-old resident of Southeast DC.

On January 9, the juvenile was stopped at Gallery Place Station by a Metro Transit Police Officer who noticed that the juvenile appeared to match the image of a person of interest in a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) notice that had been issued to law enforcement officers. When stopped, the juvenile was in possession of a BB gun and was arrested for possession of a prohibited weapon. He was held in custody pending the issuance of a juvenile custody order, which was served today.

The investigation into the assault remains active, and charges against other individuals are possible.”


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From an MPD Listserv at 9:15pm:

“What is happening on the 1000 block of U Street, NW? The south sidewalk and the African-American Civil War Memorial are closed off by crime scene tape and there is a pile of bloody clothes being guarded by your officers in front of the CVS.”

MPD responds:

“Metro Transit Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred at the station.”

Update from MPD:

“Metro Transit Police report that the victim sustained a non-life threatening laceration to the ear. Metro Transit Police are investigating.”

The Washington Post reported it happened at 7:40pm:

“A man was cut on a Metro train Tuesday night during an attempt to rob him , authorities said.”


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“Dear PoPville,

I just want your readers to be aware of what happened to me and my husband on the metro Halloween night. On the orange line headed towards New Carrollton on a fairly packed train, a young man grabbed my husband’s phone at the McPherson Square stop around 12:45am. My husband chased after him and I followed closely behind. We followed the thief into the next car on the train where we were surrounded by people who were participating in the crime. The group (both men and women) tripped us and while my husband was on the ground, several of the young men repeatedly punched him in the head! It all happened so fast. It was horrible. My husband will eventually be okay, but his eye is hurt and he is sore, and we both have bloody knees. The lesson learned is do not chase after someone who steals your belongings on the metro. Also, we need more metro police officers!”


God Help Us

previously released wanted poster, used after alleged Capitol Hill assault

Metro Transit Police tweet:

“Elijah Smith, on release pending sentencing for Apr24 felony assault on 69yo at E Mkt, REARRESTED overnight for punching MTPD officer”

The Washington Post reports about a new incident in the 700 block of 7th Street, NW:

“Smith cursed at the officers and then punched one of them in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, police said.”


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Ripping the band aid right off:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 16-18 with service adjustments on five of six lines beginning at 10:00 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Green Line trains operate at regular weekend intervals.
Red, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes.


Photo by PoPville flickr user Kristine Marsh


“Metro today launched a new way to share opinions and help shape the direction of Metro through Amplify, Metro’s first-ever “customer community.”  Amplify is the newest way that Metro is engaging customers by bringing together riders, transit advocates and experts in an ongoing digital forum.

Through a structured environment of online surveys, polls and discussion forums, Amplify community members will have the opportunity to share their experience as riders and influence how Metro responds to issues affecting those who use the system.

“This tool gives customers the convenience of sharing their thoughts and opinions at times and in places that work for them, including on the go,” said Lynn Bowersox, Assistant General Manager of Customer Service, Communications and Marketing. “We believe that Amplify will become a valuable tool in building the relationship between Metro and our customers.” Read More


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