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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Report: Patrols to increase at L'Enfant after attack

By Washington Post Editors

6:40 p.m. Update: WUSA9 is reporting that Metro Transit Police plan to increase patrols at L'Enfant Plaza in the wake of an attack on a man there Sunday evening.

Police urge witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to call the detective branch at 202-962-1792, WUSA9 said.

Original post: A Metro spokesman confirmed Thursday that transit police are investigating an incident where a group of people allegedly beat a man at L'Enfant Plaza Station on Sunday evening. No further details about the investigation were available.

The incident was first reported by the blog Unsuck DC Metro (

The YouTube video appears to show the group pursuing, taunting and punching the man. (The video is viewable here but be forewarned, it also contains profanity.)

TBD has identified the man as Allen Haywood of Northeast Washington, who was headed home after going to the gym.

Haywood told TBD he was reading when "all of a sudden someone whacked me on the back of the head really hard."

Haywood, who told TBD he was bruised and bleeding, eventually broke free and reported the incident to the station manager. More details of the alleged beating are available here.

Have you encountered violence at a Metro station? Post a comment below.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 10:33 AM ET
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I've seen groups of young people roughhousing on Metro a few times, but didn't involve anyone outside the group. Nothing worse than some feigned attacks and defenses, and maybe a little wrestling style grappling. A lot of laughing, and sometimes more than a little profanity. The main thing I worry about is that it might get out of hand and someone accidentally getting thrown off a platform or into a column.

Posted by: jcflack1 | January 6, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"The main thing I worry about is that it might get out of hand and someone accidentally getting thrown off a platform or into a column."

If someone attacked me in the manner shown in that video, I'd try to maneuver towards the edge of the platform so as to shove the attacker off, preferably into the path of an oncoming train.

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 6, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"If someone attacked me in the manner shown in that video, I'd try to maneuver towards the edge of the platform so as to shove the attacker off, preferably into the path of an oncoming train."

Excuse me but what an utterly useless act and complete waste of time.

I wouldn't wait for a train. Just push them far enough to hit the 3rd rail. Problem immediately solved!!!!

Posted by: dcis1 | January 6, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Put more cops in the system, and stop checking bags. This type of behavior will force riders to arm themselves. Then it's the wild west.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 6, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the video will help identify these gurls put them under the jail. Have these kids lost their minds? You can't go around committing crimes and think its cool or okay.

Wondering what would have happened if dude would have shot/stabbed/beat the hell outta one of them senseless chicks?

Senseless violence at its best. Thank God dude survived and I am sure he will always remember this attack.

Posted by: msruby36 | January 6, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

How long before DC has its own Bernie Goetz?

Posted by: hitpoints | January 6, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If a teenage girl or grown woman attacked me, unprovoked, in this manner...the rule against not hitting females would fly out the window. Dude should have just laid that one yapping girl, out.

Posted by: case50 | January 6, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It said he reported it to the station manager. Well anyone who has ridden Metro and ever reported anything to a station manager can tell you the response he got; "not my problem, I didn't see it."

Posted by: blankspace | January 6, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that if it had been white teens savagely attacking a black man on his way home home from the gym on a Sunday evening, this story would have gotten more coverage than just on "Dr. Gridlock."

Posted by: DankWin | January 6, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The police won't do anything. They even haven't caught the facebook thief and his picture is plain to see on the internet. It's time to take matters into our own hands.

Posted by: paliceag | January 6, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Believe me, I am "not" blaming the victim here but what kind of grown man gets beaten by a teenage girl?

I mean really, after the first two times asking her to stop, slap her, or punch her.

There is nothing "noble" or "gentlemenly" about letting a one of DC's finest highschool dropout ghetto sisters in training wail away on you for no reason.

Unfortunately "violence" is the only response that gets through to these cromagnan's.

Posted by: Nosh1 | January 6, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Nice overuse of the word "alleged," when the whole freakin' thing is right there on video. There's no "alleged" beating; there IS a beating.

And for those of you questioning why he didn't fight back; a lot of people are brought up not to hit girls, not matter how big, nasty, and thuggish they are.

I console myself thinking that she's gonna be dead in a gutter by the time she's 45, a welfare mom with 8 little brats by 8 different baby-daddies, strung-out on crack and heroin. No one will miss her, or others of her ilk.

Posted by: laurahcory | January 6, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I know this occurred on a Sunday, but why won't DC schools acquire some school buses and allow the kids to get to school on a yellow school bus?? These kids make up the majority of the reason why my commute is hell. They ride to school with no parental supervision and I personally have encountered several perverts on metro and if I told parents what I went through they wouldn't dare have their child ride without an adult with them. These kids should not ride unless they are accompanied by an adult, when their parents aren't around they go bonkers. I hope they catch the idiots that did this and nail them to the freakin' wall as an example that this behavior against innocent people is not tolerable. I hate stupid ignorant kids, throw them in jail!

Posted by: tbrown7 | January 6, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

ALLEGED! Apparently Doctor Gridlock is afraid that the thugs of PC will come and beat him senseless if he uses his eyes and his brain and writes what he sees.

Posted by: bj2000 | January 6, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Find these animals, put them in jail, and throw away the key. They are useless.

Posted by: cooper100 | January 6, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Soon to be collecting a welfare check from you, the American taxpayer.

Seriously, why don't we just wall of parts of DC and let them have at it? Maybe we can do a whole "Safari" type thing...$50 for a guided tour in an armored Humvee to watch the natives in action.

Kinda like "Jurassic Park", but with more bling.

Posted by: luca_20009 | January 6, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

This is the third incident I have seen (the other two I have seen with my own eyes), where a crazy black woman has abused, imposed or threatened violence against a white person in the Metro system.

Just sayin.

Posted by: pdo3 | January 6, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

One could assume that if this had happened on the Metro in Virginia, that the victim may have a concealed weapon permit and that this may have had a very different ending for the attackers.

Posted by: Fairfax2 | January 6, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I find the video extremely frightening. They know that nothing will happen to them, so they have no problems with simply selecting a hapless victim in front of others. No morals, no empathy, no excuses. They are simply animals and should be treated as such.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 6, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Myabe Michelle Obama can exercise her flabbly arms and get involved with the isse of DC minority youth acting like ferla animals. Guess it would be too challenging......

Posted by: wagtdn | January 6, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Michelle Obama coudl busy herself doing something useful like calling attention to DC feral youth and the depravity and degeneracy of the urban culture of DC/

Posted by: wagtdn | January 6, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

OMG! They were black! What a shock!!!

Posted by: SpareHuman | January 6, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

If concealed carry were permitted, this type of behavior would not occur/persist. Must such being defenseless.

Posted by: 2getin | January 6, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

A godless nation produces godless children. I pray those children repent or someone kills them before they really hurt someone.

Posted by: rlmorgan3 | January 6, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

People ride the metro at your own risk. I suggest you carry some type of defense weapon to handle the Obama supporters.

Posted by: rlmorgan3 | January 6, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"More details of the alleged beating are available here. "

Alleged beating? What kind of crack are you smoking Dr. G? This was pack animal feral youth beating someone for no reason. The problem is DC's weak punishments for the animal youth that live in this area. They can do whatever they want and the police and the city council and the civil rights community and the Post look the other way because you're all too scared to crack down on black youth. Cowards.

Posted by: JG55 | January 6, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

ALLEGED! Apparently Doctor Gridlock is afraid that the thugs of PC will come and beat him senseless if he uses his eyes and his brain and writes what he sees.

A liberal newspaper too stupid or afraid to print the truth.

Posted by: rlmorgan3 | January 6, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time for the Republican majority in the House of Representatives to propose an end to DC homne rule since its obviously been a failure. Our hand dancing, liberal, sad sack mayor can't handle the monsters that 50 years of the liberal welfare state ethic has bred.

Posted by: wagtdn | January 6, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

This guy's real offense is that he was reading a book. Then the book gets thrown on the tracks.

Posted by: bj2000 | January 6, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

bj2000 ~ you are right on target there. It was reading. it was the book. It was the printed page that enraged that mob of IGNANT and illiterate women.

Today we saw some of the same attitude oozing out of such Democrats as Jerry Nadler ~ the guy who ate New York.

I think the Democrats and their running dog lackeys are dooming themselves to destruction with this sort of attitude and behavior.

Posted by: muawiyah | January 6, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

As someone said above, this is how you get Bernie Goetz. and it's not going to play itself out when a bunch of thugs are intimidating some poor guy. It's gonna be when the poor guy THINKS he's being intimidated when they really aren't messing with him. and then he's gonna shoot some innocent teen. And Reverend Al will show up and hold a peace rally to destroy the shooter's name...whose name will show up in a Billy Joel song.

but no one will blame the animals that did what they did on Sunday. but they're to blame. they're creating the culture that leads to Bernie Goetz.

and no way do i hit that girl even if she's hitting me. first of all, don't hit women. just don't do it. secondly, and WAY more importantly, there were tons of people standing around not stopping the attack but filming it. i think you can safely assume they were all on her side. they'd have joined in had the victim gotten the upper hand.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | January 6, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Wake up folks, D.C. is a jungle. Would you walk through a jungle without a means of protection? Since a Democrat run city will not protect its citizens, citizens need to protect themselves. D.C. will not be safe from predators until citizens have a right to carry a concealed weapon.

Posted by: numbersch13 | January 7, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Its easy to see what this is. It is a hate crime by these black people. They are all black attacking a white guy to video tape it, and make money from it, by giving it to the news, etc, why do you think it has a hip hop logo on the video. There is a word to describe these kids. If these people are not charged with a hate crime than DC is retarded. They were all video taping it. Good thing they are idiots and will get caught.

Posted by: etothex | January 7, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh and all the people who watched and did nothing are as useless as the little welfare mother causing the problem. Take away their free money and see how they fare

Posted by: etothex | January 7, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me like a gang initiation ritual - bunch of young black guys taping a bunch of young black girls attack a young white guy for no apparent reason. Problem is that had he hammered down on one of those girls in self defense, you run the risk in someplace like DC of having an over zealous prosecutor have the "victim" arrested for assault (alleging he responded with too much force).

This incident aside, if you want better police response/presence in the metro, don't whine that it creates a police state, or that their checking bags slows you down. I was greeted by at least five large uniformed officers entering the Foggy bottom metro this week (no search), but also saw a number of officers on the trains and in stations of late. Fine by me.

Posted by: Flyover_Country | January 7, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Clearly this guy was never trained to fight (which includes getting used to blows). If one of these rabid mobs makes the mistake of attacking the wrong person they are going to fill hospital beds and morgue tables. Not that I see a problem with that.

Posted by: peter1469 | January 7, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

these comments are beyond racist. i'm not defending these stupid kids for a pointless attack. And let's be honest, we've all watched jackass, this one wasn't even that exciting.

but these comments?? "I console myself thinking that she's gonna be dead in a gutter by the time she's 45, a welfare mom with 8 little brats by 8 different baby-daddies, strung-out on crack and heroin. No one will miss her, or others of her ilk." OR "why don't we just wall of parts of DC and let them have at it? Maybe we can do a whole "Safari" type thing...$50 for a guided tour in an armored Humvee to watch the natives in action"

i thought we moved beyond caricatures of black people as drug addict monkeys in the 60s.

Posted by: cmberns | January 7, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Basically, in a nut shell, this is why we aren't going to give you all a vote in congress.

And for those who say the comments to this are racist, how come I didn't have to guess what the skin color other those involved was?

Posted by: junk101 | January 7, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The problem with fighting back in self defense is that you run the risk of having more people come after you. The cameraman, for example, did not seem too worried about this "white boy", as they called him. What's to say that he, or other black passersby, wouldn't get involved in the guy defended himself? Once that starts, then what? He was smart by not fighting back. Those wounds from those little girls will heal faster than the wounds from 10 more people that jump in.

How come Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton have not yet come forward about this hate crime? If it was a group of white kids beating up a black guy, they'd be on every channel by now.

Posted by: sabredc | January 7, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

It's not a caricature when it's true. There are no roving bands of white kids, yuppies, or hipsters going into Anacostia and attacking African Americans. Avoid Metro at all costs, and oppose any and all tax increases to subsidize it.

We need THE PLAN to be executed faster...

Posted by: constdefender | January 7, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

First, I wish you a speed recovery, Mr. Hayrood. Second, I don't care what races the victims and perpetrators are. This attack was senseless and brutal. As a grown man targeted by a group of girls, Haywood exercised proper judgment in not fighting back to avoid being cast as the instigator. He also exhibited incredible physical restraint given the vicious assault. With all of the cameras, I'm optimistic the police will find these criminals. I'm pessimistic that DC's juvenile "justice" system will mete out sufficient punishment. I fear the end result will be yet another signal to these kids that they can carry out whatever violence they want to without retribution.

Posted by: 1950snoopy | January 7, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

This incident sickens me. I pray that Mr. Haywood will get justice. These animals need to be arrested. I hope he sues YouTube and any other outlet that provided the video of the crime. It's time to take these file sharing websites to task. A crime occurred and YouTube shares the blame for providing these fighting videos to the general public. As for Metro, get on your job and protect the public!!!!

Posted by: ladywkids | January 7, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

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