Metro rider punched, robbed on Red Line

WASHINGTON — A Metro passenger was attacked by a group of four young men when the man refused to give up his cellphone while riding a Red Line train on Sunday afternoon.

The robbery happened around 5:40 p.m. on a Glenmont-bound train approaching Wheaton, said Metro spokesman Richard Jordan.

The four young men approached the rider, who was seated on the train, and told him to hand over his phone and give them the pass code, according to Metro.

When the man refused, some of the assailants punched him in the face and head. The man told police he felt the suspects rifle through his pockets. The four young men ran when the train doors opened at Wheaton, taking several of the man’s credit and debit cards with them.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Metro Transit police said that they have identified all four assailants and plan to seek charges against them.

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