Metro: 1st arrest made in Red Line train robbery near Wheaton

WASHINGTON — Metro Transit Police arrested a suspect on Wednesday in connection to a Red Line train robbery that happened over the weekend

Marcus James Lee, 21, of Northeast D.C. is one of four suspects wanted for alleged involvement in punching and robbing a man on a Glenmont-bound Red Line train approaching Wheaton on Sunday afternoon.

Metro police said in a statement that Lee will face multiple charges, including two counts of robbery-strong arm and one count of second-degree assault for a separate case involving a RideOn bus operator.

Around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, police said four suspects approached a seated man as the train approached Wheaton. According to police, one suspect sat next to the victim and said, “I need you to give me the password for that phone and look the other way, otherwise it will not end well for you.”

When the victim refused, multiple suspects began punching him in the face and head. One of them said, “Give me that damn phone,” according to police. The suspects then went through the victim’s pockets, the victim told police. They took several of his credit and debit cards, police said.

When the train pulled into Wheaton, the suspects ran off the train and out of the station. The victim was taken to a hospital but did not have life-threatening injuries.

Metro police said they have identified all suspects involved in Sunday’s Red Line train robbery.

They also said detectives linked Lee to a second strong-arm robbery Sunday about two hours later on a Q1 Metrobus in Silver Spring where a man reported being assaulted from behind by two suspects who grabbed his iPhone. The suspects got off the bus at Colesville and Viers Mill roads. The victim also did not have life-threatening injuries.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.


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