WASHINGTON - Detectives are combing through surveillance video from Metro after a teenage boy said he was held against his will by a stranger. It happened on a Green Line train after the teenager, who said he is gay, refused to perform a sexual act.
The 17-year-old victim said he got on the train at the Congress Heights Metro station and sat in an empty seat next to the suspect. He said another rider asked him to perform a sexual act in exchange for $10. When the teen refused and tried to get up and sit in another seat, the man grabbed his arm, pulled him down and held him in place. Eventually the teenager was able to break free and got off at the Navy Yard-Ballpark stop.
This reportedly happened Friday morning between 8 and 8:30 a.m. as the victim was on his way to a summer job. He said he called his boss who then helped him file a police report.
“This might happen again and I feel like people should know what is going on in the Metro,” said the victim, who we are not being identifying because he is a minor and the nature of the crime. “People don’t realize what is happening on the Metro. People are just like, ‘Oh, I’m going to go on the Metro. I want to go to this place, that place.’ You don’t know when it is going to happen. You hear on the news that stuff is happening to all these people, but they don’t think it’s going to ever happen to them. That is how I felt.”
A Metro spokesperson said it is likely there is surveillance video of the attacker since many of the newer Green Line trains have cameras on board. Once the attacker is identified, Metro said the surveillance image will be released.
The suspect is facing enticing a minor and simple assault charges.