WASHINGTON — A pair of D.C. brothers are facing several years in prison after their mother identified them to police as the men robbing Metro riders.
Marcus Lee and Antwan Haynie, half brothers who live in the same house in Northeast D.C., have been sentenced to six and seven years in prison, respectively, for two counts of robbery each.
Prosecutors said the brothers planned the first robbery on April 16 with another man and teen, which resulted in the group beating up a man on a Red Line train between the Wheaton and Glenmont stations, and stealing his wallet, said Ramon Korionoff with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.
“She was personally offended by this 90 minutes later — they robbed an individual … just riding on the Metrobus on his way home from work in broad daylight at 5:30 in the afternoon,” Korionoff said.
After Metro Transit Police released surveillance video of the strong-arm robberies, it was Lee and Haynie’s mother who identified them.
“The mom recognized her two sons, of course … and they’re seemingly in the business of robbing and beating people up,” Korionoff said, because both men were on probation in D.C. at the time.
In sentencing the men, the judge called the attacks a form of terrorism.
“Because, if you see the videos, people are shocked. They are trying to intervene, but they are scared because they don’t know if these thugs, these robbers, might be armed,” Korionoff said.
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