Assault At Courthouse Metro Station

by ARLnow.com January 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm 3,705 24 Comments

A man was taken into custody after a reported assault at the Courthouse Metro station around 12:30 this afternoon.

Arlington paramedics were called to evaluate the victim, who appeared to have only minor injuries. The suspect was in Metro Transit Police custody near the turnstiles when medics arrived on scene.

The incident comes on the heels of a widely-publicized, caught-on-camera assault at the L’Enfant Metro station Sunday night.

  • there have been a few assault calls at courthouse metro over the past couple months, i was at one a couple weeks ago on a saturday night but didnt use my camera. it was a homeless male who assaulted someone on the platform at courthouse station and was later a little disorderly with the police, ACPD had about 4 officers on scene and Transit PD had atleast 2 from what i remember.

  • matter of fact i was at the wendy’s nearby earlier and remember hearing an ambulance and seeing it go by towards the station when i was in line getting lunch, i guess today i was more focused on lunch the seeing what was up!

  • BoredHouseWife

    Off topic power is out columbia forest area.

  • YTK

    Sigh. Once some crazy person pushed me out of the way so he could use the turnstile. I called the metro police who said “Do youknow how many times this happens? This happens every day”

    • Aaron

      Are you a very large woman moving at the speed of continetal drift who put her farecard at the very bottom of her purse, or oh wait, maybe it’s in one of your jacket pockets? Sorry ’bout that.

  • Burger

    Not to argue but if skin tones were reversed, it would be national news.

  • Al Sharptongue

    If one of those little bastards attacked ME, I’d do my best to shove their ass off the platform and onto the third rail.

    • ClarendonKing

      I’d take out an eye with a pen I usually carry in my pocket.

      • KalashniKEV

        That’s sick.

        If he remained undeterred by a roundhouse kick, I’d probably just shoot him.

        • mehoo

          Not if he shoots you first.

  • KalashniKEV

    OMG… I think it’s probably the same bum that tried to come at me!!!

    I shifted my weight and prepped to come with a roundhouse kick, but he wisely chose to seek another victim…


  • The Pope of South Arlington

    Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real.

  • Akashi Jin

    The County winter shelter above the Courthouse Metro Station brings countless disorderly drunks to the neighborhood every night. They are always swearing and bullying riders on the late afternoon 38B buses from Georgetown and Foggy Bottom,, as well as the Metro. The booze is cheaper and panhandling more lucrative in dc, so they commute to Arl only when the there is a free shelter or food.

  • Concerned in ARL

    Code of Virginia § 46.2-931 (3) permits Arlington to pass a County Ordinance prohibiting “soliciting contributions” i.e. panhandling from vehicles. This would likely cut down on the number of panhandlers that flock to Arlington during the daytime to beg from passing cars. As your Board Members why they haven’t already enacted a bill such as this??
    (my guess is they will use the excuse that they wouldn’t want to prohibit charities or the Fire Department or whomever from collecting donations.. but ask yourself this: 1, what type of legit non-profit charity typically uses this as a primary method of soliciting donations, and 2, when was the last time you saw the Arlington Fire Department soliciting in this manner? They don’t.) Press your Board Members if you are tired of the panhandlers like I am!

    • Maria

      Actually, I’ve seen the fire department collecting money on the Fairfax Dr/Glebe Rd median a few times in the years I’ve lived here.

      • Concerned in ARL

        After 6 1/2 years of living and working in north and south Arlington, I’ve never seen them soliciting like that. Not to say they don’t, but ‘a few times’ in how many years doesn’t justify not passing what could be a very effective law. That in contrast to the ACFD annual toy drive, annual smoke detector efforts, etc. Those I have seen them participate in every year.

        This law would only prohibit soliciting from vehicles. They could still stand on private or public property (like the salvation army does at grocery stores) and solicit in that manner.

        • South Arlington

          They had a huge “fill the boot” campaign last summer at many major intersections across the county. You might not venture out of your immediate neighborhood enough.

        • Maria

          A few times in 3 years, to be specific. And in my experience, I really only see panhandlers at a few intersections, and not all the time, so I don’t know why it’s such a big deal to just keep your window up or say no. Why do we have to pass a law for everything? And why does it bother you there but it’s okay anywhere else?

          • KalashniKEV

            Because it’s easy to keep the window up when you have a car, but late at night in the dark alley in between the Metro and their nest, when an intoxicated vagrant approaches you in a threatening manner stongly suggesting, though not demanding money, what do you do?

          • Maria

            Concerned in ARL said “This law would only prohibit soliciting from vehicles. They could still stand on private or public property (like the salvation army does at grocery stores) and solicit in that manner.” That’s what I was questioning.

          • Maria

            Also, when that happens, I say no and keep walking.

          • KalashniKEV

            I don’t know if we’re talking about criminal menacing or some overfed doofus begging for beer money…

          • Maria

            None of the above?

          • Concerned in ARL

            1) I don’t like begging elsewhere either, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. You have to use the legal avenues available to you to address a problem, this being one of them.

            1a) the “other” places where legit charities could solicit include on private property, as I said before. People (i.e. nuisance homeless) can be banned from private property, removing yet another places for them to beg.

            2) MOST (not all) homeless have a substance abuse problem or mental illness. Many decline legit services which would lead towards being ‘clean’ and healthy, a necessity to hold a stable job and residence. Further, some of them actually have homes/places to stay, and they choose to beg and prey upon naive citizens conscience and guilt and make their money tax free, rather than holding a regular job.

            3) Who do you think is the primary culprit for many of the nuisance crimes in ARL? (urinating in public, drunk in public, trespass, disorderly conduct) as well as many of the petty vandalism and petit larceny. I’ll give you a hint… it rhymes with homeless. …oh wait. 😡


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