Man charged with kidnapping of 17-yr-old on Metro
BETHESDA, MD – The Metro Transit Police charged a D.C. man with kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault after abducting a teenage boy from a Red Line Metro station.
Dominick Simons, 25, approached the victim at the Bethesda Metro Station, engaging him in conversation and asking him to use his cell phone, according to court documents. After attempting to steal the victim’s cell phone, he brandished what appeared to be a gun and forced the victim to board the next southbound train in the direction of D.C.
According to the court documents, when the train entered the Friendship Heights Station, Simons ordered the victim to exit the train and leave the station with him. Once there, the two entered the Chevy Chase Pavilion, a mall near the metro station. Then Simons sexually assaulted the boy in a bathroom stall.
The victim initially reported that he had been kidnapped and assaulted by Simons. Later, the Metro Transit Police received an anonymous call from a friend of the victim, in whom he had confided, who reported that he had been sexually assaulted. According to the documents, the victim did not initially report the sexual assault because he felt “ashamed and embarrassed.”
According to police, Dominick Simons has been charged with first degree sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery.