Man forced to ride Metro train at gunpoint, then ordered to take cash from ATM


Metro Transit Police released these photos of a suspect in a reported kidnapping and robbery on the Green Line on Dec. 20. (Metro Transit Police)
December 23, 2013

A man was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to ride five stops on Metrorail before being robbed and released, Metro officials said.

The victim was taken by train about 9:45 p.m. Friday from the Naylor Road station to the Waterfront station, both on the Green Line, officials said.

Investigators said the kidnapper’s gun was apparently covered by a sweatshirt as he and the victim rode the train, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Sunday night.

After reaching Waterfront, the two apparently left the station and went to two nearby businesses, where the victim was forced to withdraw money from ATMs, Stessel said.

The two then returned to the Waterfront station in the 300 block of M Street SW, where the kidnapper and the victim boarded separate trains, Stessel said.

Transit police said they suspect that the robber rode back to Naylor Road in Temple Hills and fled.

The victim was uninjured, Metro said.

ATMs have been installed at more than 30 Metro stations, but neither Naylor Road nor Waterfront has one.

Police released photos in connection with their investigation and asked for help in identifying the person shown.

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