WASHINGTON - Metro Transit Police arrested a 15-year-old girl from Northeast D.C. for a terrifying assault and robbery on a Green Line train.
On Nov. 22, the suspect was on a train with a group of other juveniles when they surrounded and began to harass a 14-year-old male passenger, Metro said. Police said the suspect took part in the harassment and then kicked and punched a man who tried to intervene to stop the 14-year-old from being robbed.
The incident happened as the train traveled between the Fort Totten and Shaw-Howard stations.
In December, Joey Cowart told FOX 5 that he was bruised on his head, body and legs from the attack. He said the teenagers also shouted gay slurs as he was being assaulted.
Metro Transit Police identified the suspect using Metro’s digital surveillance systems, as well as victim and witness interviews.
“Someone from the public did come forward. We were able to identify her back on Dec. 12 and then arrest her here today,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.
A person close to the investigation told FOX 5 the teen’s mother turned her daughter in.
Meanwhile, there have been more attacks on Metro since then. Right now, police are searching for two groups for more information on two separate attacks. But what may come as a surprise is that Metro said serious crime in 2015 was only slightly up.
“I think some of those attacks that you talked about are brazen in nature. The time they occur, the pack of 5, 6, 7, 8 young people committing these crimes. It is crazy,” said Chief Pavlik.
Metro board member and D.C. councilmember Jack Evans, who has recently said he would like to become the Metro board chairman, said these attacks have to stop.
“This is a top priority. People come to our city, people live in our city, and we want to make sure that they feel safe,” said Evans.
So how can serious crime only be up slightly given all of the recent attacks? It might have to do with cellphones. Metro said phone snatches are way down, and those are classified as serious crimes – just like assaults.
A full report on Metro crime for 2015 should be available in about two weeks.