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Teens Assaulted Blind Man On Train After He Accidentally Bumped Into Them, Cops Say
Darion Rivers and an unnamed juvenile allegedly began shoving and threatening their blind victim, then escalated the attack when other passengers tried to intervene.
Two teens have been arrested after allegedly attacking a blind man who was with his service dog on a Washington D.C. train because the man had reportedly brushed against them.
After releasing photos of the suspects earlier in the week, the Metro Transit Police announced Wednesday that both suspects had been identified and charged in the alleged attack.
Darion Rivers, 18, of Prince George's County has been charged with two counts of assault. Another teen, whose name was not released because he was still a juvenile, is facing three counts of assault, police announced on Twitter.
The alleged incident began around 8 a.m. Monday morning when a witness said a 44-year-old blind man, who hasn't been publically identified, accidentally bumped into the suspects while on a Metro train.
The witness later told police the suspects became enraged and started to shove and threaten the man, WTTG reports.
A woman on the train reportedly tried to take her cell phone out to call police, but the suspects allegedly yelled obscenities at her and tried to grab the phone. Despite their attempts, she was still able to record the incident and call police.
The attack escalated even further into a brawl when other passengers tried to intervene and protect the man, the station reports.
The blind man had his seeing eye dog with him at the time.
The suspects got off the train and fled the scene before police could arrive.
The victim did not report any physical injuries in the attack, according to WTOP.
[Photo: Metro Transit Police]