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Armed Robbery on the Orange Line?

Armed Robbery on Orange Line?

Early this morning, the blog Unsuck DC Metro reported that on Dec. 23, six masked gunmen boarded a New Carrolton-bound train at Stadium Armory and robbed the passengers at gunpoint.

WMATA initially confirmed to the blog that an incident did take place on Dec. 23, between 6 and 6:30 pm. Unsuck DC Metro said their story, which sounds like something out of movie, came from a source who is a “minor who wishes to remain anonymous and does not want to talk to the press.” (Unsuck DC Metro has now updated their post, and no longer says the source is a minor.)

According to their source:

Three of the men entered through the front door of the car, and the other three entered through the last door of the same car.

Some of the male passengers were ordered to the ground, and some of the robbers kicked them repeatedly. Some were kicked to the point that they were bleeding from their wounds, primarily head wounds.

One woman tried pushing the emergency button several times, but never got a response from any Metro employee....

The witness managed to clandestinely call 911 while they were still on board, but hung up on the 911 personnel because they wanted to call someone to let them know where they were because they felt like they were going to die on the train.

The men jumped off at the next station and ran.

Metro’s official response, just released, reads more like a traditional robbery. Metro says there were no weapons present during the robbery, and the suspects were two 17-year-old males, not six masked gunmen. They also take the opportunity to praise their new reassignment of Transit Police into “stations, trains, and buses.”

Here’s their press release:

On Dec. 23, Metro Transit Police responded immediately to a report of a robbery that had just taken place, and within 30 minutes the suspects were positively identified, arrested and the stolen property recovered.

In an effort to address crime in the Metro system, the MTPD recently reassigned sworn officers out of administrative functions and office buildings into stations, trains and buses to better protect our customers from crime and to increase their ability to respond as quickly as possible. Here is a good example of how that redeployment makes a difference.


Police responded immediately to a call for robbery on an Orange Line train between Stadium-Armory and Minnesota Ave stations on Dec. 23. Two victims reported that while on board a train, two males stole a cell phone and a shopping bag containing recently purchased clothing and exited the train at Minnesota Avenue. The victims exited at the Cheverly station, where they reported the crime.

Metro Transit Police stopped the suspects in Northeast Washington, DC, near the Minnesota Avenue station a few minutes later and were able to get positive identification from the victims.

Police recovered the stolen property and charged the two 17-year-old males with robbery.

The victims did not report the use of a weapon during the incident. The victims were treated for minor lacerations at the station.

Photo by NCinDC via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivs 2.0

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  • Rick Mangus

    Remember this the next time these assholes want a fare increase!

  • SW

    I don't believe this story for a second. This would have been ALL OVER the news, even during Christmas, if armed robbers truly took over a train car and robbed the passengers. That's not an everyday thing like someone getting their phone stolen or jumped by a pack of unruly kids.

  • KeepitReal

    Curious...please share what could metro have done better since you think it's Metro fault that six men got on a train and robbed innocent people. Please tell us HOW METRO is at fault for that or could have stopped it from happening. If you have an answer you should be filthy. In some contries bombs go off...any many states roberies happen daily. If you hve an answer to stop this...please genius...share it with the WORLD. Because we all want to know. I guess you just want to blame someone so we blame Metro. So we should blame DC police for all killings in DC. We should blame NYPD for all crimes that take place in NY. It's the police fault that they can't be in every place at once. So that's who we supposed to blame right. yes...I'm being very sarcastic. People simple don't think. They just voice comments with no thought. Probably think Bush was the greatest thing since sliced breat also...LOL