Police arrest man for Metrobus indecent exposure, assault

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WASHINGTON — Metro Transit Police arrested a man who they say exposed himself and assaulted a passenger on a Metrobus Thursday afternoon.

Police arrested 48-year-old Dwayne Henry Walker after a female passenger said he leaned on her while he masturbated on a 7A Metrobus.

The woman said she boarded the bus the same time as Walker, whom she did not know, around 4 p.m. Thursday and they sat next to each other. As the bus approached the 3000 block of North Beauregard Street in Alexandria, the victim said she felt the suspect leaning against her. When she adjusted her position to avoid contact, he continued to lean on her in “an unwanted manner” Metro Transit Police said.

When she looked over at Walker, he was masturbating, according to police.

The woman confronted Walker and notified the bus operator. Police responded and arrested him on preliminary charges of indecent exposure, assault and battery, and possession of marijuana.

Walker has four prior arrests for indecent exposure since 2015, three of which were by Metro Transit Police.

A stay-away order has not been issued in this case, which could prevent Walker from using some of Metro’s services, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

“Currently a court order is required to suspend someone’s ability to use Metro. It is up to the judge on whether to implement such a ‘stay away’ order, for how long, and whether that’s systemwide or limited to a particular bus route or rail line,” Stessel said in an email.

Metro will push for such an order in Walker’s case, Stessel said.

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Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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