Transit Police arrest man for threatening train operator with knife

Norman Polk

Metro Transit Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened a Green Line train operator with a knife this morning.

At approximately 8:40 a.m. today, Metro Transit Police officers responded to Anacostia Station after the operator of a southbound Green Line train reported that he had been threatened with a knife by a male patron, subsequently identified as Norman W. Polk.

Polk allegedly kicked and banged on the door leading to the train operator’s cab while the train was stopped servicing a station. When the operator opened the door to see what was going on, Polk allegedly displayed a three-inch folding knife and verbally threatened the operator for not moving the train fast enough. The operator secured the door and radioed for assistance.

Metro Transit Police responded, and the suspect was arrested on the platform at Anacostia Station without further incident. A knife was recovered at the scene.

The police activity resulted in Green Line delays of approximately 15 minutes during the morning rush hour, and two trains were single-tracked around the incident. There were no injuries.

Metro Transit Police open derailment investigation

DC Metrorail

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld announced yesterday that the investigation into the East Falls Church derailment, which began as an administrative review by the Safety Department, has been expanded to include an investigation by Metro Transit Police.

Wiedefeld directed the Metro Transit Police Department to open a parallel investigation into the matter following a briefing in which investigators advised him of concerns arising from employee interviews, inspection reports, rail defect tracking, and video recordings.

“The administrative review uncovered information that warrants further investigation by Metro Transit Police,” Wiedefeld said.  “While Safety Department investigations determine cause and accountability, it is even more important to understand if other issues must be addressed with the way track inspections and maintenance have been conducted.”

Metro’s General Counsel, Patricia Y. Lee, has engaged two former Assistant U.S. Attorneys as Special Investigators to support the internal administrative review. Adam Hoffinger, a former AUSA for the Southern District of New York, and Peter White, a former AUSA for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia, will work closely with Lee on this matter.  Both have extensive prosecutorial experience with complex cases.

“The public has a right to know that the tracks on which their trains run are being properly inspected,” said Wiedefeld. “The information uncovered to date raises potentially serious concerns, and we will take all actions necessary to get answers and hold people accountable.”

Wiedefeld assured riders today that the SafeTrack program underway (in which Metro tracks are being inspected and repaired) has been and will continue to be subject to quality controls from multiple internal and external groups to ensure all track work meets Metro’s high standards. (At the time of the derailment, East Falls Church interlocking had not yet been addressed as part of SafeTrack.)  Metro is engaging an outside engineering firm to conduct a comprehensive review of its track inspection program.

“While we continue the due diligence to identify the cause of any conditions that may have contributed to this incident, Metro is simultaneously repairing the system and providing better rules, training, quality control and line management,” said Wiedefeld.

Metro Transit Police arrest man on indecent exposure charges,
believe more victims may be outstanding

madison-suspect Metro Transit Police Indecent Exposure

For the second time in less than three weeks, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) have arrested a Virginia man on charges of indecent exposure. The suspect, William Madison, Jr., 47, of Alexandria, is now facing charges in Arlington and Fairfax counties.

Madison was first arrested by Transit Police on July 29 after being located by the MTPD warrant squad. The original offense occurred in Arlington County March 28, 2016, aboard a Franconia-bound Blue Line train. Madison is accused of exposing himself to an adult female passenger aboard the train. Following his arrest, Madison was released on his personal recognizance.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 15, Madison allegedly exposed himself to an adult female passenger aboard a Vienna-bound Orange Line train. MTPD detectives were able to identify Madison using CCTV cameras and subsequently obtained an arrest warrant. Madison was re-arrested yesterday at Huntington Station while attempting to enter the Metrorail system. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on a $1,000 secured bond.

Based on these circumstances, Transit Police detectives believe there may be additional victims.

Anyone with information for investigators is urged to call the MTPD Criminal Investigations Division at (301) 955-5000.

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Metro Transit Police arrest contract MetroAccess driver on sexual offense charges

Metro Transit Police have arrested a contract employee working for MetroAccess on sexual-offense and assault charges following an alleged incident aboard a paratransit vehicle yesterday morning.

Derrick Lamont Bowen, 44, of SE Washington, DC, was arrested last night by transit detectives. Bowen is an employee of Transdev Corporation, which provides MetroAccess transportation service under contract to Metro.

The alleged incident took place at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016, when the MetroAccess van was stopped in a church parking lot in the 12700-block of Claxton Drive in Laurel. A witness observed the driver of the van move to the rear passenger compartment where he then engaged in a sexual act with an adult female passenger.  There were no other passengers aboard the vehicle at the time of the incident.

The witness called 911 and Prince George’s County Police officers responded and took the driver into custody. Metro Transit Police were notified, and the victim was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

The MetroAccess passenger, an adult female, has an intellectual disability. A review of GPS data shows confirms that the van was stopped in the parking lot at the time of the 911 call.

MTPD detectives obtained an arrest warrant last night charging Bowen with 3rd degree sex offense, 4th degree sexual contact and 2nd degree assault. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Anyone with information that may be helpful for detectives is urged to contact Metro Transit Police at (202) 962-2121.

US Attorney's Office In Carlyle

Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, who is employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department, was arrested today on charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Young will have his initial appearance here at 2 p.m. today in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Young has been employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department since 2003.  Law enforcement first interviewed Young in September 2010 in connection with his acquaintance, Zachary Chesser, who one month later pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists.  Over the next several years Young had numerous interactions with undercover law enforcement officers and a cooperating witness regarding Young’s knowledge or interest of terrorist related activity, many of which were recorded. Law enforcement also interviewed Young’s family and co-workers. Several meetings Young had with an undercover law enforcement officer in 2011 included another of Young’s acquaintances, Amine El Khalifi, who later pleaded guilty to charges relating to attempting a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol Building in 2012.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Young told FBI agents that he traveled to Libya twice in 2011 and he had been with rebels attempting to overthrow the Muammar Qaddafi regime.  Baggage searches revealed that Young traveled with body armor, a kevlar helmet, and several other military-style items.   (more…)

Metro Transit Police charge suspect in fatal stabbing outside Addison Road Station

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Metro Transit Police have charged Ali Anthony JOVAN, 36, of Fairfax, Va., with first degree murder, second degree murder and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in connection with a fatal stabbing outside Addison Road Metrorail Station yesterday evening.

At about 7:18 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, Metro Transit Police and Prince George’s Police officers who were present at Addison Road Station responded to the scene of a stabbing that had just occurred in the bus bay area outside the station. Witnesses pointed out the suspect to the officers, who gave chase and were able to apprehend the suspect as he attempted to flee.

The victim suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced at the scene.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the suspect and victim became involved in a verbal altercation that escalated to physical and resulted in the suspect stabbing the victim in the chest area with a “switch blade style” knife. The weapon was recovered at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Vontrel Laarius McDaniel, 35, of Northeast Washington, DC.

Harris wanted by Metro Transit Police for Assault

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Metro Transit Police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate Lawrence Nathaniel Harris, 25, of Northeast DC. Harris is wanted on charges of simple assault in the District of Columbia stemming from an incident on May 24, 2016, when – according to an arrest warrant issued yesterday – Harris allegedly assaulted a female passenger aboard a Largo-bound Blue Line train by placing a fluid-filled condom on the victim’s shoulder.

The victim, an adult female, was not physically injured. Medical assistance was offered but declined.Using digital cameras, Metro Transit Police detectives identified Harris as a possible suspect, and he was subsequently positively identified by the victim. After the issuance of the arrest warrant yesterday, Harris made arrangements to turn himself this morning in at a DC police station. He did not show up.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lawrence Nathaniel Harris is asked to call Metro Transit Police immediately at (202) 962-2121. Anonymous text tips may be sent to ‘MyMTPD’ (696873).

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