Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Teens charged over violent attacks on Metro Transit light rail train

Four juveniles have been arrested over two separate assaults.
Author:

A group of teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with a violent incident on a light rail train in the Twin Cities.

Metro Transit police announced Tuesday that four 16- and 17-year-old boys are facing charges over the assaults carried out on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 4.

They're also believed to have been responsible for the assault of a TSA agent on a Blue Line light rail train in Minneapolis in late November, per the Star Tribune.

The boys were identified using surveillance video and arrested, with two others involved in the attack having also been identified by police.

In the Dec. 4 incident, the group boarded the westbound Green Line train at Hamline Avenue Station at 9 p.m., and were observed by passengers to be yelling and shouting profanities.

At one point, they surrounded a man standing in the aisle, with one of them punching and kicking him repeatedly, with two others then joining in the assault, which included stomping on the victim multiple times and kicking him in the head while on the ground.

Other passengers objected to the attack, telling the teens to stop, with the group then punching one of the bystanders while another stole the bystander's cellphone.

They tried to steal his bike too, but were unsuccessful as they left the train at the Snelling Avenue station, per charges filed in juvenile court.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Shortly after, another man said he was punched as he left the Culver's restaurant on University, which is near the Snelling Avenue station.

Three of the boys were arrested as they left the Culver's.

The boys have not been identified in the charges due to their ages, but have been charged with crimes including aggravated robbery and assault inflicting bodily harm.

Metro Transit are also keen to hear from anyone else who may be victims of the teens.

KARE 11 notes there has been a 19 percent jump in violent crime on Blue Line trains this year, and 34 percent on the Green Line.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions

The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

snow, blowing snow

Winter storm warnings issued with heavy snow set to slam MN

Parts of northern Minnesota could see more than a foot of snow, but there won't be much in the Twin Cities.

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

Related

Here's how Metro Transit intends to improve safety on buses, light rail

It comes after a series of high profile incidents on Metro Transit services.

Metro Transit to use undercover cops to stamp out light rail smoking

There has been an increase in complaints about it since the start of the year.

light rail

Charges: Man having seizure robbed on light rail train

A 28-year-old has been charged with aggravated robbery.

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 2.04.10 PM

3 teens charged in connection to assault at light-rail station in St. Paul

Racial or ethnic bias was not believed to be involved, investigators said.

Plan to decriminalize fare dodging on light rail trains

The offense would still carry a fine, albeit a reduced one.

metro transit

Metro Transit services to remain suspended through Tuesday

Services have been shut down since late last week.