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2 men injured after late-night assault on Green Line train

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By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 27, 2010

Metro Transit Police were called to L'Enfant Plaza Station early Thursday morning after two adult males reported that they were assaulted on a Green Line train headed to Branch Avenue, a transit official said.

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The men were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening, Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato said. Transit Police are investigating the incident, she said.

Earlier this month, a fight that spilled from a rail car onto the platform at L'Enfant Plaza Station left four people injured and led to the arrest of one adult and two juveniles.

According to one man who said he witnessed the end of Thursday's incident, a train pulled into the station and the doors opened, revealing one man on the floor. Another man was screaming while being beaten by another man, said Chris Raney of Temple Hills, who was traveling home after visiting a friend.

"When the doors opened, I saw feet laying across the doors, and there was a young man down with his face all bloody and his eyes closed," Raney said.

According to Asato, two male suspects fled the scene.

Raney said two Metro workers asked him and other passengers to carry the injured man off the train, which was stained with blood.

"The boy kept trying to get up and passing out," he said. "What caught me off-guard was they said pick the boy up and move him off the train. He had head trauma."

Raney added that Metro workers asked the passengers riding in the rail car where the assault occurred to move to other cars.

Raney said that he did not see any police officers while he was at the station and that no one took his name as a witness.

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