WASHINGTON - A District man who reportedly struck a 59-year-old woman in the head – knocking her out – and also a 39-year-old man at Navy Yard Station is under arrest.
In addition, police say the suspect threatened to shoot officers when he was released from custody.
Metro Transit police say that on Tuesday around 5:50 p.m. 23-year-old Leon Quarles approached the woman and struck her, knocking her out. Then he punched a man in the back of the head.
The female victim was taken to a local hospital with fractures to her facial bones. The male victim was checked at the scene, but didn’t want any medical attention.
Investigators say Quarles had evaded fare at the Navy Yard Station twice before the attack.
According to investigators he arrived at the station via train and then slipped through an emergency gate before entering a CVS pharmacy and allegedly stealing $100 worth of merchandise.
After the alleged thefts, Quarles reportedly snuck back onto the train. He was arrested by transit officers after the attack.
Quarles was charged with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, threats to bodily harm, and disorderly conduct.