Metro po­lice ar­rest sus­pect

Cops search for 2 other shoot­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY EMMA AY­ERS

Metro Tran­sit Po­lice an­nounced Mon­day the ar­rest of a Seat Pleas­ant man who is sus­pected of shoot­ing his teenage half­brother in­side a sub­way train on Sun­day.

Po­lice said they are look­ing for two other sus­pects in the shoot­ing, which oc­curred on a Red Line train that was pulling into the Takoma Park Metro sta­tion Sun­day af­ter­noon. The sus­pects were de­scribed as “armed and dan­ger­ous.”

Late Sun­day, au­thor­i­ties ar­rested Jer­maine Brown, 18, of Seat Pleas­ant, at a mo­tel in Capi­tol Heights. Mr. Brown was charged with first-de­gree as­sault in Mont­gomery County, where he is be­ing held in a de­ten­tion cen­ter.

Video footage of the shoot­ing shows a 14-year-old boy trav­el­ing with Mr. Brown in a rail­car when a fight en­sued be­tween Mr. Brown and three other pas­sen­gers. Mr. Brown opened fire with a semi­au­to­matic pis­tol, strik­ing the teenager once in the ab­domen and the rail­car twice.

De­tec­tives said they don’t be­lieve the boy was Mr. Brown’s in­tended tar­get.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, Mr. Brown left the rail­car with his wounded half-brother, who col­lapsed to the ground. The three others in­volved in the fight also left the rail­car, crossed the Takoma Park sta­tion plat­form and boarded a train head­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. They were seen ex­it­ing at the Sil­ver Spring sta­tion.

The wounded teenager re­ceived first aid at the Takoma Park sta­tion and re­port­edly was con­scious as he was be­ing trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on their iden­tity or lo­ca­tion should call the MTPD Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Di­vi­sion at 301-9555000 or text MyMTPD (696873),” Metro au­thor­i­ties said in a press re­lease.

In re­cent years, there have been sev­eral re­ports of vi­o­lence aboard Metro trains.

● In April 2016, a woman was raped at knife­point on the Red Line in the Wheaton-Glen­mont area.

John Prentice Hicks, 39, of North­east, was charged with at­tempted first-de­gree rape, first-de­gree sex of­fense and sec­ond­de­gree as­sault, ac­cord­ing to court records.

● In Fe­bru­ary 2016, a 24-year-old man was shot while rid­ing in a Green Line train. Has­san Graves, 16, at­tempted to rob the man, and when the vic­tim tried to throw a punch, Mr. Graves opened fire, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments. Mr. Graves was charged as an adult with armed rob­bery.

● On New Year’s Day 2016, three teenagers suf­fered fa­cial lac­er­a­tions aboard a Yel­low Line train fol­low­ing an un­pro­voked as­sault and rob­bery by four as­sailants. The at­tack oc­curred around 5 p.m., while the train was be­tween L’En­fant Plaza and Mount Ver­non Square.

● On July 4, 2015, Kevin Joseph Suther­land, a 24-year-old Amer­i­can Univer­sity grad­u­ate, was rid­ing on the Red Line when he was punched, stomped and ul­ti­mately stabbed to death by Jasper Spires, 18, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Court doc­u­ments stated that Suther­land was stabbed as many as 40 times while al­most a dozen pas­sen­gers watched in hor­ror. Au­thor­i­ties said they sus­pect Mr. Spires was high on syn­thetic drugs at the time. Eval­u­a­tors at St. El­iz­a­beths men­tal hos­pi­tal de­ter­mined in May that Mr. Spires is men­tally fit to stand trial for the slay­ing.

METRO TRAN­SIT PO­LICE

Metro Tran­sit Po­lice re­leased this photo of per­sons of in­ter­est in the shoot­ing.

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