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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Guardian Angels step up Metro watch

By Luke Rosiak

The Guardian Angels will increase patrols on the Metro after the filmed attack
on a passenger
at the L'Enfant Plaza Station on Sunday, January 2, the group announced today.

"Guardian Angels will patrol as a deterrent to crime, and will contact the Metro Police if we see a crime in progress," John "Unique King" Ayala, DC Chapter Leader of the Alliance Of Guardian Angels, said on a police neighborhood e-mail list.

The Metro Transit Police Department said it has also adjusted patrols at the L'Enfant Plaza Station.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 7, 2011; 3:35 PM ET
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If I'm attacked and I shoot my attackers, does that make me a bad person? I always carry. I have the right to defend myself, and its better to be tried by 12 than carried by six.

Posted by: shred11 | January 7, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

@shred11, yes, it does make you a bad person. If you were attacked by a 12 year old kid, you may come out with some bumps and bruises like this guy did.

There are ways to defend yourself that does not involve taking someone's life. Unless your life is in immediate danger, such as a robbery at gunpoint, then there is no need to kill someone. Where do you draw the line? Would you kill these two kids if they attacked you?

Posted by: sabredc | January 7, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Sabredc -- It would be two less animals roaming the METRO system looking for victims. Do you think these two little monsters will EVER become productive members of society? Do you think they are incapable of killing their victims? Please. The minute you become one of their victims you will be singing a different tune. As it is, they need to track these little jerks down and throw them in jail along with their useless ghetto parents.

Posted by: clintatl | January 8, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

If attacked, run. It's the most humane defense.
We don't need any more vigilantes.

Posted by: GWGOLDB | January 8, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't carry a weapon, and don't really know much about martial arts. But here's my question to all of you who say that one should just run: if a group of kids randomly attacks you, in the moment how do you know they are not about to pull out a knife or a gun to finish the job? If someone, kid or otherwise, is capable of randomly selecting a person for a beating, is it too much to assume they are capable of much worse? A sad day for us Metro riders who are just trying to live our lives.

Posted by: Mixter | January 8, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Is this "The Meteor Man", or real life?

Posted by: stuckman | January 8, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Tasers were custom-made for using on these little cretins.

Posted by: B-rod | January 8, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The annoying part is the kids are probably celebrating all their widespread media attention.

Posted by: plugugly7 | January 8, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Several shots of mace in that girl's ugly face would have been effective.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 8, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should be able to defend themselves in these situations, but the defense should be comparative with the attack.

I'm actually more concerned that nobody stepped in to help the man out. Hopefully someone ran to a Emergency Callbox or to the Station Manager.

Posted by: concernedforoursociety | January 9, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

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