4 Hurt, 3 In Custody After 70-Person Metro Fight

10:57 PM, Aug 8, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - (WUSA) - Metro officials say four people were hurt and three others were taken into custody after a  large fight broke out on the Green and Yellow lines Friday night.  Metro says the fracas  involved as many as 70 people.

Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato says transit police initially got a report for disorderly conduct at the Gallery Place station at 11:00 p.m. Friday.  When officers responded to that report the crowd had dispersed and they then became aware of a fight on the platform at the L'Enfant Plaza station, two stops away.  That incident reportedly involved dozens of people, but most left the scene as officers arrived.

Asato says four injured people were taken to area hospitals --  two adults and two juveniles. One adult was seriously injured, while the other three people  that were hurt had relatively minor injuries.

Asato said three people  -- one adult and two juveniles -- were taken into custody.  Angelo Nicholas, 18, of Washington, D.C. was charged with disorderly conduct, and two 16-year-old juveniles were also arrested, one for simple assault and the other charged with disorderly conduct. No weapons were said to be involved in the incident.

Metro transit police are investigating, and a spokesperson said that surveillance footage was bring retrieved by investigators in the hope that cameras may have captured images that could shed more light on the incident.

There was also a preliminary report of the sound of a gunshot at the Anacostia metro stop Friday night, but Asato tells 9News Now that report was investigated and appeared to be unfounded.

If you have any information as to what led up to this incident please contact police.  You can also add a comment to this story, below.


Written by Bill Starks

9News Now & wusa9.com


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