THE REGION

Metro sex abuse: A 20-year-old man was convicted yesterday of sexually abusing a teenage girl last year in a Metro station in Southeast Washington, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Curtis Yates of the 900 block of Valley Avenue SE accosted the 14-year-old girl on a Green Line train, prosecutors said during the trial. Yates, a senior at Wilson Senior High at the time, brandished a knife and demanded that the girl engage in a sex act, prosecutors said. She refused.

When the train arrived at the Anacostia stop, Yates kept her from exiting, prosecutors said. He forced her off at the Congress Heights stop, where he took out his knife again, prosecutors said. With another student, he forced her into an area out of view of surveillance cameras and sexually abused her, prosecutors said. Yates faces up to 18 months in prison when sentenced Oct. 8.

Bus drivers assaulted: Two Metro bus drivers were assaulted during the past week.

A female driver was sexually assaulted Friday at the Vienna Metro station, transit officials said. She had just completed a run on Route 12M about 6:50 a.m. and was inspecting the bus when a man walked onto the bus and assaulted her, Metro spokesman Ray Feldmann said. No arrests have been made.

Another bus driver was assaulted about 11 a.m. yesterday at Mount Olivet Road and West Virginia Avenue NE, Feldmann said. The driver was operating a Route D8 bus to Washington Hospital Center when a man boarded but didn't pay the fare, he said. The driver asked him to pay, and the passenger hit the driver in the face and fled. The driver suffered a broken nose. A suspect was arrested, but Feldmann did not know the person's name or the charge.

VIRGINIA

Fairfax attack: A 22-year-old man was stabbed and beaten Sunday night at the Culmore Shopping Center in the Baileys Crossroads area, and Fairfax County police said they think the incident was gang-related.

The man told police that he was in the parking lot of the shopping center, at 6001 Leesburg Pike, about 9 p.m. when he was approached by three to five men with Spanish accents. The men reportedly asked him if he was a member of a gang. Police would not specify the gang and would not reveal his answer.

The victim was stabbed in the upper body and hit over the head, Officer Bud Walker said. Police said he was in serious condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Deposit robbery: A woman dropping off a night deposit bag with cash and checks from a store at Fair Oaks Mall was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night outside a Bank of America branch near the mall, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The robbery occurred about 10:45 p.m. when the 20-year-old Fairfax woman was stopped while carrying the deposit bag to the bank at 12011 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50), across from the mall parking lot. The woman told police that the man displayed what appeared to be a handgun, grabbed the bag and ran behind a building. The robber was at large last night.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.