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15-Year-Old Teen Dies After Being Stabbed in Metro Station

By Paula Liu

A 15-year-old teen was stabbed in the afternoon of Oct. 11 while on a metro train in Washington, according to multiple reports.

Jaquar McNair was critically injured after being stabbed by a 15-year-old female on the orange line as it approached Capitol South station.

McNair was rushed to the hospital but he ended up succumbing to his injuries and died on Oct. 12, according to WTOP.

According to WUSA 9, authorities received a report of a stabbing that had occurred on the 300 block of the 1st Street around 12:30 p.m. The metro police were dispatched to the scene.

Police gather near the Capitol South Station Metro
Police gather near the Capitol South Station Metro stop near Capitol Hill in Washington, on Oct. 11, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

The 15-year-old female suspected of stabbing the victim was found later by the U.S. Capitol Police several blocks away from the crime scene. She was apprehended and arrested, according to WTOP.

She had initially been charged with assault with the intention to kill, the news outlet reported. However, after investigation, the initial charges were changed to first-degree murder while armed. The Washington Post reported that the 15-year-old female suspect has not been identified.

A bystander had captured the stabbing in a video. The footage featured a number of angry teens running away from the incident, towards the exit while Metro police officers were rushing the opposite way towards the scene of the crime, according to The Washington Post. Three different metro employees were seen attempting to help the 15-year-old victim, who had, after being stabbed, stumbled out of the train car and on to the station platform. Police officers said that the teen was conscious after being stabbed.

Police gather near the Capitol South Station Metro
Police gather near the Capitol South Station Metro stop near Capitol Hill in Washington, on Oct. 11, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

A witness recalled that the teen was lying on the ground and bleeding from his neck, where he was stabbed, according to The Washington Post.

“Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch assumed investigative responsibility. Investigation at the scene determined the stabbing took place inside of an orange line rail car,” police said, according to WUSA 9.

WTOP reported that the stabbing incident occurred as a result of a dispute among the people of the train, but in the midst of the dispute, the focus was on the victim and the female suspect, according to local police chief Pete Newsham.

Newsham said that authorities were going through all the video footage that was relevant to the case, including surveillance videos, in order to gather more information regarding the incident, as police cars surrounded the area near the metro station, WTOP reported. The police chief said that by doing so, it would give more insight into what went on.

That metro station had been closed off by the police after the stabbing incident and was reopened shortly after 5:30 p.m., according to WTOP.