WASHINGTON - Six people have been arrested after a man was assaulted inside D.C.'s Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station in an incident that may have involved up to 30 juveniles.
The attack happened around 8:30 a.m. Thursday as a Red Line train stopped at the station. Officers say five males and a female, all of whom are students at Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C., punched a man in an assault described by Metro as a "wolfpack attack."
Metro Transit Police said the 35-year-old man fought back, but the suspects were able to escape by reboarding the train and continuing on to the Woodley Park station.
The victim got medical attention after suffering cuts to the head and body.
Authorities stopped the train when it arrived to at the Woodley Park station and arrested the juveniles -- all are between 15 and 16 years old. They were all identified by the victim. All six suspects are facing assault charges at this time.
Metro said the attack only took about 20 seconds. They believe cell phone video may exist, but Metro Transit Police also released surveillance video from inside the station.
"When you see this type of wolfpack mentality, the victim clearly was trying to get to his destination or whatever the case may be, so it's troubling to see this video," said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld was asked about these kinds of attacks happening against riders recently.
"Anytime an event like that occurs, no matter where it occurs, is very disturbing to all of us," he said. "Whether it happens on Metro or on the street or wherever it happens, that's terrible."
Officials are asking anyone who recorded cell phone video, or who has information about the incident to come forward and contact Metro Transit Police.
Later in the day at around 5 p.m., Metro told FOX 5 there was another assault involving a group of teenagers on a man at the Judiciary Square station. But no one was arrested for this incident as the victim could not positively identify the teenagers.