Guardian Angels to Watch Over Metro Riders

Safety watchdog group does its part to keep D.C. residents safe.

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM EDT
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Guardian Angels to Watch Over Metro Riders

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WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: A Metro train departs from the Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro Station April 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. With gas prices soaring past $3.00 a gallon, there has been an increase in public transportation use across the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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The next time you ride Metro, you may get a visit from a guardian angel.

The D.C. chapter of the Guardian Angels, a citizen safety watchdog group, says that members will start patrolling Metro's green line three nights a week. This comes after a large fight broke out at a station over the weekend, injuring four people.

The Guardian Angels started patrolling Tuesday night outside the Chinatown/Gallery Place station.

Chapter leader John Ayala said the group already patrols the area around that station on Friday nights. Fights break out all the time, Ayala said, but not as large as the one that reportedly involved as many as 70 people on Friday night.

Guardian Angels will now be patrolling the green line between the Congress Heights and Fort Totten stations on Friday and Saturday nights, and one night during the week. Ayala says they will report all violent crime to Metro police.


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