D.C. Man Arrested in Metro Assault

by: Briana Thomas Special to the AFRO
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A Northeast D.C. resident was arrested June 24 for assaulting a woman aboard a Metro train, according to the Metro Transit Police. He turned himself in after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on June 22.

On May 24, Lawrence Nathaniel Harris, 25, was aboard a Largo, Maryland-bound Blue Line train when he allegedly placed a fluid-filled condom on a female passenger’s shoulder. Metro officials said the woman was not physically injured and she declined medical assistance.

Metro Transit Police said digital camera surveillance helped identify Harris as a possible suspect, along with the victim’s identification of the suspect. A spokesperson for Metro, Morgan Dye, told the AFRO June 28 that Harris is currently in police custody. Harris is charged with simple assault.

There have been 127 sex abuse cases in D.C. in 2016 as of June 28, an 11 percent drop from this time a year ago.

Metro is in partnership with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) to help prevent and stop public sexual harassment and assault. Anyone can report sexual misconduct to Metro Transit Police here wmata.com/about_metro/transit_police/harassment.cfm.

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