After Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld ordered the system’s police force to disclose greater information about violent crimes it sees in May, the transit agency on Thursday said in a release that an 18-year-old allegedly groped a woman at the L’Enfant Plaza station around 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to Metro, Maryland resident Jose Francisco Pleitez is said to have grabbed the victim’s buttocks as he walked past her on the station’s platform; the woman, whom the agency does not identify, was not physically injured.
“The victim confronted the suspect with her boyfriend at which time the suspect fled on foot,” the release notes. “The victim ran after the suspect while yelling for police assistance. “Multiple [Metro Transit Police Department] officers at the station pursued the suspect on foot and ultimately apprehended him in the 500 block of C Street SW.”
Pleitez is being charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse. Metro says MTPD “investigators believe that there may be other victims who were assaulted by [him].” The incident follows criticism the agency received last month after it had failed to make public an alleged rape-at-knifepoint in April that occurred in the middle of the day on a Red Line train.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and District officials plan to discuss how D.C. will attempt to mitigate the effects of Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance plan today. The long-term repair plan, expected to last about a year, begins this weekend.