A 52-year-old man has been charged with stabbing another man Sunday night at the Ballston Metro station in Arlington County.
Jeffrey Kenneth Hicks of no fixed address has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding.
According to police, the 28-year-old victim was stabbed shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the stomach and arm. He was given first aid by the station manager before paramedics arrived. The victim had surgery overnight and his condition improved to "serious-stable" Monday evening.
"It's not reassuring, but I think we know something like that can happen anywhere," a Metro rider told News4.
Officials say the incident began as a verbal altercation between the suspect and the victim. The knife that was used was recovered from the scene.
Hicks is due in court June 12.
According to Metro documentation, crime within the transportation system has decreased since last year.