On Metro Masturbator: “There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t wish I’d screamed at him.”

Location: Metro train – Orange Line towards Vienna
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was heading to the grocery store on my day off around 2 pm. I got on the train with myumbrella (sic) and purse, sitting in my spot of choice which is usually right where the chair behind me doesn’t face the same direction (I have had a bad experience with a person sitting behind me and actually touching and smelling myhair) (sic). The train was relatively empty, especially at the direction I was sitting. In fact, there was only one other person facing me at the end of the car. I made eye contact with this guy after noticing him staring at me. A few seconds later, he got up heading towards my seat. I thought to myself “please don’t let this guy hit on me..I’m only a few stops away from my destination..”. I felt a sense of relief when he decided to stop a seat in front of me and across the aisle. That sense of relief quickly turned into a since of confusion followed by apprehension. Something told me this creepy looking guy did not just get up for nothing. Sure enough, less than two minutes later, he’s fumbling with his pants and to my horror, pulls out his penis. Of course, I’m the ONLY person who can see this and before he has it fully exposed, I rush to the end of the car where people are sitting, hop off the train, and get in the next car when the train stops.

Orange line
Metro’s Orange line

Unfortunately, I came to the realization that my umbrella was still on the seat because I’d left so quickly. Knowing that it would rain very soon, I knew I had to go back. So at the very next stop, I hopped back off and on to the same car with the creep whom I did not acknowledge when I grabbed my umbrella. I hurriedly hopped off the train AGAIN, and into the next car. I’m quite sure I looked absolutely crazy throughout all of this. I mean picture a frazzled looking girl running between cars. I did not make any notion as to what was occurring and there isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t wish I’d screamed at him, at the very least. When I got to my destination, I immediately informed the station manager of the train I’d just gotten off of. She didn’t look particularly surprised or interested as she simply asked me to describe the man. I told her what I knew and that was that. My information was never taken nor do I even know if this man was ever confronted. I wish I could say that this is the only type of harassment I’ve had like this in DC. It’s unfortunate, but I cannot.

Submitted on 7/19/12 by “MTM”

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HBDC!’s note: This experience is very similar to the experience that we received a few days back.  If you feel comfortable reporting this perpetrator, contact Metro Transit Police at  202-962-2121. And/or, take a picture of the perpetrator on your cell phone and send it to us.  HOLLA BACK DC!

This morning, I boarded the orange line at L’Enfant Plaza in the direction of Vienna. I was engrossed in a book and on “auto-pilot” on the way to work. When I got on the train, a man sat down next to me, in the seat closest to the aisle. I sat next to him for about 10 minutes before I realized he was masturbating right next to me. I was shocked! When he realized that I had noticed he started talking to me, and making comments about oral sex. The train car wasn’t full, but there were many people in my near vicinity including families with small children. I had to ask him to get up and let me out, which thankfully he did, and moved to another car.

I was so nauseous and disgusted after this whole incident. Its especially shocking considering the time of day and the amount of people on the train. I reported the incident to Metro Police. The man was African American, about 40 years old, wearing jeans and a baseball cap. We were in the last car of the orange line train departing from L’Enfant Plaza in the direction of Vienna at about 10:30 AM this morning.

I don’t know what good it does to tell you this story, but I know there is little that the Metro Police can do.

Submitted by CCG on May 11, 2010

Location: Orange Line in direction of Vienna

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Ew.

I often like to sleep on the metro, but never sleep if I am on the outside seat. This Friday, I fell asleep on the inside and a few stations in a dude came and sat next to me. Before I knew it, he had fallen asleep on me. Ew.

I was obviously not able to fall back asleep. When my station came up, he was eager to express his thanks for holding his head up, despite my reluctance to do so. He asked several other questions with minimal response on my behalf. By the time he was getting off at the same stop, I waited until the final second to depart the train.

I was thoroughly disgusted to have touched my bare legs to this man for twenty minutes.

Location:Orange Line to Vienna

Submitted by bmg on September 19, 2009
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