Police: Firearm recovered from suspected fare-jumper

The handgun

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A man accused of fare-jumping at the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station on Thursday afternoon is also charged with assaulting two Metro officers and having a semiautomatic handgun in his possession.

Metro Transit Police say that they witnessed the suspect, Alontae Markell Hickman, 21, squeeze through the fare gates on his way into the station to avoid paying the fare. They stopped Hickman and asked to see his SmarTrip card.

“Don’t even check it,” Hickman reportedly said, because the card had a negative balance.

MTP says that Hickman is a frequent fare evader; the officers who stopped him told him they were arresting him because of this, and they report that Hickman immediately tried to flee the scene.

Alontae Hickman

When they tried to restrain him, Hickman is accused of kicking, scratching and elbowing the officers, and then reaching in his pocket for a black 9mm handgun and tossing it onto the Metro tracks.

Backup arrived, arresting Hickman and fetching the gun, which police say had one round in the chamber.

Hickman was arrested on preliminary charges of assault on a police officer, fare evasion, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Because Hickman is currently on parole, additional charges are possible.