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Witness: Saturday commute had beating at Anacostia station, rowdy teens at L'Enfant Plaza
TBD ^ | April 25, 2011 | Sarah Larimer

Posted on 04/25/2011 8:28:19 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The woman was heading to to Anacostia on Saturday when she noticed a group of people at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station acting a bit unruly. They were punching the cars, she says, spooking the passengers inside. Through the ruckus, the woman kept moving to catch a green line train. That scene alone might be enough to rattle Metro passengers, but on this night, it was hardly the worst of it.

The young woman, who didn’t want her name used in this report, on Sunday described a commuters’ nightmare — a rowdy mess at L'Enfant, followed by a scary confrontation inside a Metro car and finally violent beatings outside a station. The entire affair, she says, happened in a single trip.

“It just seemed like the problem was never-ending,” she says. “From Point A to B to C, it just never stopped."

There’s no incident report from the beating, a Metro spokesperson said in an e-mail. That’s because authorities were called to the Anacostia station Saturday night but when they arrived, there were no victims or suspects to interview.

“Metro Transit Police were called,” wrote WMATA spokesperson Cathy Asato. “but found nothing when they got to the station.”

Here’s what happened on the green line train, according to the witness: A group of boys — a separate group than the bunch that originally caused concern earlier in L'Enfant — was aboard the train bound for Branch Avenue. The witness wasn’t sitting in the middle of the car; she watched from a seat closer to the doors. The boys were harassing a small group of girls, she says. A bottle was thrown, other passengers looked fearful. The woman was worried too, but she wasn’t sure what to do. There was a box cutter with her and an emergency call button in the car. She focused on the tool instead of the call box, she says, because she didn’t want the boys’ attention or ire.

"I don’t know how the call boxes work,” she says. “I don't know if you press it and it makes a noise."

A few passengers ditched the train, and another woman with a baby had to tell the boys to stay away from her stroller, the woman says. When they reached the Anacostia station, the boys got off of the car, but not before throwing the liquid from the bottle at a girl. The woman also got off the train at Anacostia, leaving the car at the same time as a man who was also bothered by what he saw.

“He was like, ‘This is a shame and I knew this was gonna happen,’” she says. “I guess stuff like this happens all the time? I don't know. I've only been riding the Metro for about a week."

To recap, the woman has already witnessed punched cars and passenger assaults in just a few stops. Her night wasn’t over yet, though. Outside the Anacostia stop, she found the boys from aboard the train beating a girl whom she previously noticed inside the station. This girl, a different victim than the woman from the train, was being pummeled by about seven to nine people.

"She fell over and every guy that was standing out there hit her,” the woman says. “And she was just defenseless. She was just guarding her head. They were punching her and kicking her in the head."

Another witness spotted the attack from the parking lot and says she called police and emergency responders to the scene.

“Her shirt was pulled over her head and there were men punching her in the face ... no one was coming to her aid,” the witness says.

The attack is the latest in a string of unsettling Metro incidents. In January, a man was brutally beaten at the L’Enfant Plaza station. That assault was captured on video. Not long after that, another man said he was jumped at the Suitland Metro station. He lost two teeth when a mob of teenagers beat him as an apparent act of retaliation for attempting to call 911 and report another incident, according to an NBC4 report.

"I'm not going to ride the subway," that victim, Robert Joy, told NBC4. "Not even a Metrobus. I'll be safer in a cab."

The second witness to Saturday’s attack, who also says she no also longer rides Metro, said the District’s transit system was “too unexpected,” and “too chaotic” for her. She described Saturday's scene as “anarchy,” and wondered why authorities weren’t reviewing cameras or proactively posting themselves at stations where trouble has cropped up before.

"I feel like I can get kicked out of Metro for eating french fries,” she says, “but someone could assault me in the Metro and that's OK."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: anacostia; attacks; beating; lenfantplaza; metro; metrorail; suitland; youths

1 posted on 04/25/2011 8:28:24 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The same urban youths who turn Georgetown into a hell-hole on Friday nights and other events, like Halloween.


2 posted on 04/25/2011 8:32:59 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah. Guess which part of town this is. Where was the Metro security? Every time (admittedly rarely) I’ve been on a Metro car east of Capitol South there have been one or more security guys on board. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


3 posted on 04/25/2011 8:34:31 AM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It seems that the plaza is aptly named.


4 posted on 04/25/2011 8:35:13 AM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; kristinn

Dc Metro Green Line again, and all that THAT implies.


5 posted on 04/25/2011 8:36:01 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: La Lydia

The best deterrent other than security guys is concealed carry...let these little bastidges wonder about who might be able to dispatch them to the afterlife in a matter of seconds.


6 posted on 04/25/2011 8:36:08 AM PDT by bigbob (u)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

DC Metro needs a Bernhard Goetz who’ll put some heads to bed.


7 posted on 04/25/2011 8:37:43 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Where’s Bernie Goetz when you need him?


8 posted on 04/25/2011 8:38:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This summer is going to be a bad one. The natives are definitely restless, and at some point they will encounter someone who doesn’t have to put with their crap. And that may step everything up a notch or two.


9 posted on 04/25/2011 8:38:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: bigbob

This is DC. It took a Supreme Court decision for people there to get part of their 2nd Amendment rights recognized.


10 posted on 04/25/2011 8:39:01 AM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"I feel like I can get kicked out of Metro for eating french fries,” she says, “but someone could assault me in the Metro and that's OK."

Bingo. This pretty much sums up the police enforcement in the DC metro system. The Cops don't want to do any work, or put themselves at any risk, so they bother the regular working folks with any and every violation on the books, but steer clear of any places where they might have to break up groups, or have to do any extra paperwork.

I know lots of people who refuse to ride the metro except for a couple stops.

11 posted on 04/25/2011 8:39:01 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: La Lydia

Metro Police apparently get off work at 5:00 p.m. And oh yeah...there was a story out not too long ago about the metro’s cameras mostly being in a permanent “out of order” state.


12 posted on 04/25/2011 8:39:20 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, Anacostia station. That is where a lot of the Amish get off.


13 posted on 04/25/2011 8:40:32 AM PDT by TheCipher
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A good case for concealed carry. I’m going to jump off a cliff here and take a wild guess that we are talking about a certain “demographic”.


14 posted on 04/25/2011 8:44:02 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TheCipher
Yeah, Anacostia station. That is where a lot of the Amish get off.

Is that the one at the end of the line in miserable Maryland?

15 posted on 04/25/2011 8:46:10 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If that Communist would-be dictator had his way, Obama would force everyone to ride public transport instead of those evil gas-guzzling cars.


16 posted on 04/25/2011 8:49:14 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
A good case for concealed carry. I’m going to jump off a cliff here and take a wild guess that we are talking about a certain “demographic”.

Yep. "Green Line" in DC is a code word for the demographic which must not be named...

17 posted on 04/25/2011 8:50:23 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: ScottinVA

Towards the end , after you get over the river.


18 posted on 04/25/2011 8:52:52 AM PDT by TheCipher
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To: COBOL2Java

“Yep. “Green Line” in DC is a code word for the demographic which must not be named...”

I hear ya. Same unnamed demographic here in Atlanta shook up a MARTA train last week and beat the snot out of 2 Delta employees on their way to the airport.


19 posted on 04/25/2011 8:59:12 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I knew when they started working on that line it would be bad. They just made the worst part of town mobile.


20 posted on 04/25/2011 9:16:39 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate."
-- Democrat Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC
21 posted on 04/25/2011 9:19:42 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
That’s because authorities were called to the Anacostia station Saturday night but when they arrived, there were no victims or suspects to interview.

They actually put a station in Anacostia? That's like putting one in Mogadishu.

22 posted on 04/25/2011 9:28:50 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Welcome to steve dunham´s America.


23 posted on 04/25/2011 9:29:30 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: TheCipher

You failed to mention those hateful Norwegians, Swedes and Danes.


24 posted on 04/25/2011 9:30:27 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (2012 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ME. HOW ABOUT YOU?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I am sure some folks remember this guy who was reading a book minding his own business and was randomly assaulted by feral yutes. Same station as the OP’s story.

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/07/d-c-metro-rider-attacked-by-children-video/


25 posted on 04/25/2011 9:31:24 AM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: USNBandit

“I knew when they started working on that line it would be bad. They just made the worst part of town mobile.”

Same deal in Atlanta. We are getting ready to move about 95 miles up the line where there is no demographic which cannot be named.


26 posted on 04/25/2011 9:32:46 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Anacosta?

SE DC. . . no surprise there. Criminal pack animals live in that part of DC.

“Metro Transit Police were called,’ wrote WMATA spokesperson Cathy Asato. ‘but found nothing when they got to the station.’”

Nonsense. Likely the Metro Police never responded.

If they did respond, they arrived an hour or so AFTER the call was made because they are afraid to face the pack animals or they support the attacks (if Black on White).

Metro police hardly ever respond to emergency calls in Anacosta. . .unless it is breaking news on TV. . .after all, those criminals are their “peeps.”

I am a law-and-order kind of guy, usually support the police, but I have observed for over 6-yrs the Metro police and they do not patrol the known dangerous areas like Anacosta and Branch. They hang out at Crystal City where they give out tickets.

27 posted on 04/25/2011 9:46:59 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: SengirV

Wow. . .our observations and experiences apparently are the same. . see my Post 27.


28 posted on 04/25/2011 9:48:55 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka
Oh, and forgot to add that during the last presidential election, I personally observed several Metro officers wearing Obama buttons and pins. . on their uniforms! I also observed many Metro train operators and station employee wearing those buttons and pins on their uniforms.

Regulations prohibit Metro employees from politicking on duty and in uniform, but when reported to Metro, I was told, and this is a quote, “so what.”

29 posted on 04/25/2011 9:54:50 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: All

When people start fighting back and bystanders counter back in numbers, that is when it will stop.

...and not before then.

In NYC it took the Guardian Angels.


30 posted on 04/25/2011 10:00:42 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Murdering unborn children is the highest sacrament in the liberal religion.)
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To: rbmillerjr

Black adolescents acting badly.
Again.


31 posted on 04/25/2011 10:12:58 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Green Line shenanigans

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


32 posted on 04/25/2011 10:21:28 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One more reason to avoid public transportation at all costs.


33 posted on 04/25/2011 10:44:10 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: USNBandit
Similar situation barely averted in Dayton . Regional transit wanted to put bus stops in a suburb near a really nice shopping center. Local city council voted against it. No one really wanted to say that the reason was to keep a certain demographic from getting from the part of Dayton they've already turned into a hellhole to what's still a nice suburb. We all have memories of what used to be a really nice shopping mall in west Dayton that was completely ruined by gangs from that same demographic. All the stores just left. The place is now practically empty.
34 posted on 04/25/2011 11:09:16 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Is it normal to see vagrants sleeping in doorways and on benches at the National Mall in broad daylight....?

Surprised and wary while visiting the Smithsonian and other museums in this area....

No one was telling them to leave.

35 posted on 04/25/2011 11:17:26 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

For what possible reason would the socialists use tax dollars to pay society’s failures to reproduce and continue to pay each successive generation of failures to reproduce?


36 posted on 04/25/2011 11:39:23 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Dead barbarians harm no one.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I experienced one of Dante's unnumbered Circles of Hell one afternoon when there was an "interruption" on the Blue line and I had to go through L'Enfant to get to Virginia. The place was so packed, solid on all levels, with grim, angry, hostile commuters that it took me 20 minutes to go across one level, up the escalator, across and back down to where I needed to be to connect. Just hideous. The whole thing looked like out-takes from the Potempkin steps scene. My usually 15-20 minute ride turn into a two-hour disaster. But I have to say there were PLENTY of security people there that day, with whips and chairs and pistols, trying to control the beasts and make them jump through the appropriate flaming hoops. I apologize, in advance, for the mixed metaphors.
37 posted on 04/25/2011 11:39:23 AM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: bigbob
The best deterrent other than security guys is concealed carry...

I took the liberty of editing the post.

38 posted on 04/25/2011 11:40:44 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Jack Black
Black adolescents acting badly. Again.

Kudos for having the nerve to say it. I'm starting to cringe when I hear about "the Amish". IMO, it's kind of a bow to the PC gods.

Just tell the unvarnished truth.

39 posted on 04/25/2011 11:48:11 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Guenevere

I’m sure that everybody will know about the vagrants once a Republican is in the White House again.


40 posted on 04/25/2011 12:08:11 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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41 posted on 04/25/2011 12:25:49 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: La Lydia
I think I had that same day.

Was supposed to board at Rosslyn but I went to the hotel next to the stop, came out the lobby and had the hotel get me a $25.00 taxi to DCA. From DCA I was able to pick up the Blue Line.

I saw the crowds and knew the nightmare that was waiting for me at the Plaza. It was worth the $25 bucks to avoid that mess and avoid a two-hour commute.

42 posted on 04/25/2011 2:19:22 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s too bad Willie Green isn’t around. He loves trains.


43 posted on 04/25/2011 5:51:39 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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