Public Masturbation on Metro: “This Behavior Needs to Stop!”

"This Behavior Needs to Stop"Location: Reston Metro Station (Silver Line), Reston, VA
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5:00am-9:30am)

This morning a man wearing a oversized green coat with hood sat in the seat across from me. He removed his stuff from his pants and masturbated.

I took a photo of this man and texted them to Metro transit police. They asked for the train car number (which is located on the outside of car). I got off the train at Ballston to provide them the information. I don’t know if he was caught, but please report these incidents to police and note your car number when getting on train.

This behavior needs to stop. We can stop it!

Submitted 3/1/15 by “Ama.”

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