From May 2015 through April this year, the greatest number of total arrests and reports of crime in a single station of Montgomery County Red Line Stations occurred in Shady Grove.
Wheaton Station was second in total arrests and reports of crime during that period.
Elected officials criticized the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and its general manager during a hearing on Capitol Hill in late May shortly after local media reported a rape that occurred on a Red Line train in April.
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Metro Transit Police listed the report on its police blotter which was available online, but word did not spread until about a month after the incident.
According to court documents, a man woke up a woman who was sleeping on a Metrorail train near Glenmont Station, directed her to the end of the train car, attempted to rape her and forced her to perform a sex act at knife point. Metro Transit Police arrested John Prentice Hicks of Washington, D.C., within hours of the assault using the assistance of security cameras, police communication and confirmation by the victim.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said May 24 WMATA did not disseminate a press release following the rape because police had by then arrested the suspect in connection with the crime on charges of first-degree rape and sexual assault. However, Wiedefeld later announced a change in policy.
“General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has directed MTPD to make public notification of any violent crime within 24 hours, where doing so will not hinder the investigation or the police department’s ability to apprehend a suspect,” said Metro spokesperson Morgan Dye.
According to police blotters from May 2015 to April 2016, Metro Transit Police made 10 arrests at Shady Grove Station during that time, including two on the charge of driving under the influence (driving while impaired). From January 2016 to April 2016 however, Bethesda Station had the most arrests: three. Police listed them all as “other offenses.”
At Wheaton Station in 2016 police reported two incidences of simple assault: assault and battery, according to the blotter.
From May 2015 to April 2016 Metro Transit Police listed three reports of simple assault at Shady Grove: two reports of sexual assault and one report of assault and battery.
Metro Transit Police wrote reports on assaults at the following stations: Shady Grove, Rockville, Twinbrook (arrest), Medical Center, Bethesda, Glenmont, Silver Spring and Wheaton.
Montgomery County Police reported a homicide occurred in the Wheaton Station garage in July last year, one of five homicides in Metrorail stations or trains within the last 12 months.
Montgomery County Police spokesperson Rick Goodale said County police made an arrest in connection with the Wheaton homicide.
Patricia, a Rockville resident who did not want to give her last name, said she had guessed Wheaton Station would be the station with the most arrests and reports of crime within Montgomery County.
She said she does not ride the Metro at night but that if she finds she is in a train that’s mostly empty, she tries to move to the closest car to the front of the train at Metro stops.
“You can always bang on the door (to the train operator),” said Patricia.
Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly said police local to a jurisdiction are responsible for investigating homicides, not Metro Transit Police.