Harassment on the Red Line

This was a few years ago so I’m not sure if it is even relevant but, I still think about it all the time. It was winter 2004 (? could have been 2005) and I was on the train (red line) riding from Silver Spring station to Van Ness. When I boarded the train, there was a woman and a group of men sitting together. I noticed the group because the woman looked distressed. At New York Ave, the woman tried to get up to exit the train and one of the men in the group would not let her get off. She looked even more distressed so I called 911. They transferred me to Metro police. After holding, etc…I explained what was happening and gave the car number. While on the phone, the group got off at the Chinatown stop – and the woman did not look like she wanted to go with the men. I reported this to metro police as well. They said they would check into it. When I arrived at Van Ness station, I asked the station person on duty if we could follow up o n it and he didn’t know how we could do that. Since I didn’t know what else to do, I just let it drop. I seriously doubt metro police followed up on this. I’m not sure how they might have solved this problem but the general lack of disinterest really disturbed me. I still wonder what happened to that woman. I keep thinking if they had taken it seriously, they could have had an officer get on at one of the stops between New York Ave and Chinatown.

Submitted by Anonymous

Location: Red line Metro to Shady Grove

Time: Late Night (12A-5A)

One Response

  1. Golden Silence

    Though it didn’t have a positive outcome, thank you for stepping in and trying to help that woman in some way.