Man charged with throwing bicycle onto Metro tracks, lighting fire on platform

WASHINGTON — Metro Transit Police said they arrested a man after he threw a shared bicycle onto the tracks, where a train ran over it Sunday night.

Metro said in a statement on Monday that Demarcus Graves, 50, walked into the Minnesota Avenue station at about 7 p.m. Sunday without paying, then went up to the train platform where someone had left a LimeBike rental bicycle.

Graves threw it onto the inbound tracks, Metro said, where, about a minute and a half later, an Orange Line train coming into the station ran it over.

Graves is also accused of lighting a paper food container on fire on the platform before leaving the station. The entire incident was recorded on video, Metro said. Graves was arrested on Minnesota Avenue Northeast, about a quarter-mile from the station.

He’s been charged with felony malicious destruction of property, malicious burning, impeding Metro operations and fare evasion. Metro added that he had an open warrant in D.C. Superior Court.

The train that struck the bike was damaged. The passengers had to get on another train, and Metro said they had to single-track around the crash for more than four hours. There were no injuries.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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