Metro says a 33-year-old woman was assaulted inside the Petworth–Georgia Avenue rail station around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Information about the incident first appeared on the blog PoPville on Thursday afternoon. In a letter to the blog, an unnamed woman said two “girls” pursued her underground after exiting from a car that almost hit her. According to the letter writer, the assailants “took a full box of bus schedules that was left on the floor [of the station] and slammed it against my head.” The woman writes that although a Metro attendant called the police, two other station staffers “laughed” at her situation.
“I have never felt more unsafe,” the post reads. “I want to get word out of what happened so no one else makes the mistake of thinking of going to [M]etro as a safe haven like I did. Assault to them seems to be funny.”
A spokesperson for the transit agency says Metro Transit Police Department officers responded to the incident within five minutes of receiving a call and documented a simple assault. “We were previously not aware of any concern on the part of the victim regarding the actions of Metro employees, but we have forwarded the victim’s account to appropriate supervisors for follow up,” the spokesperson adds.
I was walking home from the grocery store and crossing Randolph when a blue Altima made a full at full speed almost hitting into me. I put my hand on the car out of instinct when you are about to be hit. They were so pissed I touched there car. They went into the Wendy’s turned around and chased me down with their car. There were 5 people in the car. I ran towards the metro because I saw police there earlier. No police were outside so I ran into the station.
2 of the girls jumped out of the car and ran down into the metro station after me. I was banging on the booth asking for help. The metro attendant took his time and called the police. He did not offer me refuge in the booth. Instead only let me on the other side of the turnstiles where the girls then took a full box of bus schedules that was left on the floor and slammed it against my head. The other metro lady found this funny and laughed. The metro janitor also laughed saying should I clean this up or is this evidence. The metro police came 15 to 20 mins after being called followed by the dc police.
I had a partial license plate, car type and color. Both the girls were caught on camera. They said “I Guess we can request footage” No one asked me one if I was okay. Metros safety push is a joke. I have never felt more unsafe. I want to get word out of what happened so no one else makes the mistake of thinking of going to metro as a safe haven like I did. Assault to them seems to be funny.”
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