Man Chases Metro Thief

Daniel Wenger says he broke his arm while chasing the man who tried to steal his iPad

By Natalie Lopez
|  Friday, Apr 20, 2012  |  Updated 8:14 AM EDT
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A man chases the suspect who tried to steal his iPad on a metro train at Reagan National Airport. News4's Derrick Ward has more.

Derrick Ward

A man chases the suspect who tried to steal his iPad on a metro train at Reagan National Airport. News4's Derrick Ward has more.

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A Metro rider says he broke his arm chasing the teenager who tried to steal his iPad.

Daniel Wenger, 50, was on a Metro train at Reagan National Airport last Friday when another man reached from behind him, grabbed his iPad, and jumped off the train.

Wenger ran after him and broke his left arm when it was caught in a Metro door.

Surveillance video in the station caught most of the chase. Another commuter joined in the chase to help Wenger recover his iPad.

After running back on and off the train two more times, the thief jumped down onto the track bed, crossed the rails, and then climbed back onto the platform on the other side.

Before the thief could board a train opposite of where the chase began, another commuter grabbed the iPad from him and returned it to Wenger.

The thief took off on foot but apparently didn’t get very far. An off-duty police officer was able to identify the suspect at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station.

The suspect, Kayvon Stoddard, 19, was taken into custody without incident and was charged with grand larceny. He was also charged as a fugitive because of five open warrants.

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