WASHINGTON (WJLA) – A Maryland man was charged with bias-motivated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed a transgender teenager aboard a Metro Green Line train bound for Branch Avenue.
At 4:38 p.m. Wednesday, Metro Transit Police were alerted to an assault in progress on a Green Line train as it approached the Fort Totten station. Officers say 24-year-old Reginald Anthony Klaiber, of Greenbelt, Md., had exchanged words with a 15-year-old transgender female before allegedly stabbing her in the back.
Klaiber attempted to flee, but was soon apprehended by police, who recovered a 3.5-inch folding knife from the scene.
According to police, witnesses told detectives Klaiber made "bias-motivated remarks about the victim's transgender status immediately prior to the assault."
“Mistreating people just because they might not understand something … it’s sad, it’s just sad to hear,” said Metro rider Kia Lucas.
The victim was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening puncture wound and is in stable condition.
The victim’s friends have no doubt she was targeted.
“I just want justice,” said Jae-la White. “My friend is on the train getting stabbed by a man that’s under the influence [of] something—just coming on the train, wanting to stab her.”
Police say if Klaiber is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty on the assault with a deadly weapon charge, “subject to a 1 ½ times enhancement under District of Columbia law.”