Police make arrest in Wheaton Red Line train robbery

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WASHINGTON, DC — A 21-year-old is behind bars awaiting extradition to Maryland, where Metro Transit Police says, he will face several charges in connection to a robbery and assault that happened on a metro train.

Police say 21-year-old Marcus James Lee will face two counts of robbery-strong arm, and one count of second degree assault for an unrelated case involving a Ride-ON bus operator.

On Easter Sunday police say he and three others suspects approached a man riding the red line heading to Glenmont. One of the suspects sat next to the victim and police say the suspect told the victim, “I need you to give me the password for that phone and look the other way, otherwise it will not end well for you.” The victim refused to give in, that’s when police say the suspects began punching the victim in his face and head. While he was trying to defend himself, police say the victim noticed the suspects’ hands going through his pockets.

MTP says when the train’s doors opened in Wheaton the suspects ran off the train and out of the station with the victim’s credit and debit cards.

Medics rushed the victim to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Metro Transit Police has identified all individuals involved in this case, detectives are expecting additional arrests later this week.