6 teens arrested for punching man on Red Line

WASHINGTON — Police arrested six teenagers who they say were involved in a fight that led a man to be punched while trying to get off a Metro train at the Gallery Place station Thursday morning.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says a train with 30 teenagers on it was stopped at Woodley Park station after an assault at Gallery Place around 8 a.m. Thursday.

The 35-year-old exchanged words with some teenagers who were standing in the way on the platform as he tried to get off, says Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.

The man was punched and then punched the Wilson High School students back, Pavlik adds. The 16- and 17-year-olds got on the train before it left the station. It was eventually stopped at Woodley Park, leading to even more delays on the Red Line during the Thursday morning commute.

The man who was assaulted has cuts to his head, but is expected to be OK.

Five male and one female student were arrested there and charged with felony assault.

Metro was already running reduced service because many cars are out due to the storm.

Watch a video of the encounter:

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