D.C. Metro Transit Police officers ran down and arrested a suspect after a fatal stabbing outside a station in Prince George’s County, Maryland Wednesday night.
An argument broke out between two men at the Addison Road Metro station’s bus bay in Prince George’s County at roughly 7:15 p.m., and quickly turned physical. The suspect allegedly pulled out a “switch blade style” knife and stabbed the victim in the chest. Metro Transit Police at the station quickly responded to the incident and chased the suspect down before he could flee the area, according NBC Washington.
Authorities pronounced the victim, 35-year-old Vontrel Laarius McDaniel, dead at the scene. Police recovered the alleged murder weapon at the scene.
Police arrested 36-year old Fairfax County, Virginia resident Ali Anthony JOVAN for the crime. JOVAN is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and for possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. Authorities are still investigating the incident but believe the suspect and victim knew each other and had a prior history, reports WUSA9.
D.C. Metro officials are responding to a troubling double-digit spike in the crime rate this year on Metro trains and around stations, increasing patrols and security.
A spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) said in May crime is up year-over-year by about 10 percent and is increasing. The alleged rape of a woman at knife point on a moving red line train in April, which broke in May, drew renewed concern among riders about the growing crime trend.
Recently a 15-year-old was shot and killed on the platform of the Deanwood station while on his way to get a a haircut the day before Easter with his family.
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