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] somethingjust 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 1/2 times enhancement under District of Columbia law."