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Man Charged in April Assault at Eastern Market Station Arrested for Punching Metro Police Officer

by Sean Meehan October 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm 6 Comments

Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)(Updated at 12:15 p.m.)Elijah Smith, the 19-year-old who pleaded guilty to punching a 69-year-old man in the Eastern Market Metro station in April, was arrested again last night for assaulting a Metro Transit Police Department officer.

Smith was arrested for punching the officer last night, according to a tweet from the Metro Transit Police.

The arrest last night occurred near the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station, according to the arrest report. Smith started arguing with two officers. When one officer walked away, Smith grabbed the back of the officer’s jacket and punched him about six times in the face, the report states. The officers used pepper spray to subdue Smith, who later said to the officers he “took five pills and was drinking,” according to police.

In May, Smith was arrested and charged with simple assault after punching the 69-year-old man on an escalator in the Eastern Market station on April 24. Smith pleaded guilty in September and was on release from jail while he awaited sentencing.

  • dlg

    The same criminal that assaulted an actor last year (and he was then let go), and a 69 year old man (and he was then let go), has now assaulted a cop. I’m shocked. Maybe, just maybe, its time to lock this criminal up for 10+ years before he kills someone. And perhaps DC can start locking up the “juveniles” committing all the crime in Hill East too.

  • pooter

    Amen, DLG. Amen.

  • MorganToo

    Status quo for DC Superior Court, DLG: Rinse and Repeat.

  • Lock Him Up!

    He’s a sociopath. When will the authorities understand that?

  • Guest

    He’s just misguided and needs a pre-trial diversion program and a job.

  • JayLo

    Maybe if our elected officials such as Charles Allen supported stiff sentencing guidelines this would help send a message. But instead our city council prefers to be weak on crime and cater to the city’s criminals via early release programs and short sentences so these criminals can continue to create additional victims.


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