METRO POLICE BEAT: Thug Leon Quarles nailed by cops for assault after attacking passengers at the Navy Yard Station; threatened to shoot the cops
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A quiet rush hour at a Metro station erupted into violence when a repeat offender criminal thug decided to attack two Metro passengers.
Metro Police report that they arrested Leon Marquise Quarles, 23, of 1100 Mississippi Ave. SE #354, Washington, DC, on charges of felony assault following a violent and unprovoked attack on two innocent Metro customers at Navy Yard Station yesterday evening.
At approximately 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, MTPD officers received a priority call for an assault in progress at the station. Upon arrival, officers found two victims — a 59-year-old female and a 39-year-old male – who had been attacked by the suspect. Officers were able to apprehend the resisting and non-compliant suspect at the station.
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She was transported to a local hospital, where she was admitted for fractures to facial bones, lacerations, and a concussion.
Quarles allegedly then approached the male victim, also striking him in the head. The male victim was checked by EMS on the scene but declined further medical attention.
Police say that Quarles failed to pay fare at the Navy Yard Station twice prior to the attacks. He had arrived at the station via train and exited the station by slipping through the emergency gate.
Before this budding career criminal hopped on a train free of charge, he evidently forgot to do his shoplifting that he might wanted to use to curry favor with whatever woman supports him and pays his bills.
Police say that Quarles then entered a nearby CVS/Pharmacy where he allegedly shoplifted approximately $100 worth of merchandise before again fare evading into Navy Yard Station by squeezing through the ADA fare gate.
Following his arrest, Metro Police report that Quarles threatened to shoot two Metro Transit Police Department officers after his release. The stolen CVS merchandise was recovered by police.
Quarles was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, threats to do bodily harm, and disorderly conduct. Quarles is not charged with fare evasion.
Last month, the Banana Republic District of Columbia City Council voted to “decriminalize” the conduct that had previously been considered theft of Metro service, a crime. Metro strongly opposed the Council’s action, noting that the overwhelming majority of major crime cases on Metro have a fare-evasion component. As Metro has increased enforcement of fare-payment in recent years, serious crime has dropped dramatically, and last year, Part I (serious) crime on Metro dropped to its lowest level since 1999.
Quarles criminal record includes the following:
- Charged with eleven counts of criminal assault, attempted escape, obstructing, hindering, resisting and interfering with an arrest, disorderly conduct, malicious property destruction, second degree assault on a law officer, on Aug. 13, 2018 in District Court for Prince Georges County, all the charges were put on the Stet Docket on Nov. 28, 2018, by PG County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. Quarles was represented in this plea deal by two public defenders paid for by the taxpayers of Maryland. Court records show Quarles spent about two months in jail.
- Charged with evading Metro fare on June 13, 2018 by Metro Police with the charge dropped by PG States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks on Aug. 20, 2018.
- Charged with theft, disorderly conduct, making a false statement to a police officer by Metro Police Officers on May 15, 2018. In a plea deal with PG County Prosecutor Alsobrooks, Quarles entered a guilty plea to theft on Nov. 28, 2018. THE DEAL: a fine of $50, which shows the folly of Quarles jumping the fare gate. However, court records show the fine is uncollected. He was represented by Laura Novello an attorney assigned to the Hyattsville courthouse and paid for by the taxpayers.
- In 2018, Quarles was cited nearly a dozen times for evading fare on Metro in Prince Georges District Court, with States Attorney Alsobrooks doing her part to make the crime without any accountability by putting the charges on the Stet Docket on July 23, 2017 when Quarles listed his address as 2610 Fort Drive, Suitland, Md. On June 27, 2017 when Quarles listed his address as 2918 Minnesota Ave. SE, Washington D.C, the failure to pay fare put on the Stet Docket.
- Charged with theft in Arlington County Virginia District Court, Quarles failed to appear to answer the charges on March 16, April 16, May 17 and on June 21, 2018.
- Charged with trespass after being forbidden in the Arlington County District Court in Virginia, Quarles was found guilty on Dec. 20, 2016, given no jail time and fined $100 which court records show as being past due.
- Charged with petit larceny on Nov. 25, 2015, Quarles was found guilty in Arlington District Court in absentia on Dec. 15, 2015, and fined $350 which court records show is unpaid, and no jail time.
- Charged with felony charge of carrying a pistol on Aug. 8, 2013, carrying unregistered firearm, unlawful possession of ammo, contempt of court, on Sept. 26, 2013 was released to a halfway house. By April 3, 2014, Quarles was back in jail. A jury found Quarles guilty on April 9, 2014 and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
- Charged with first-degree child sex abuse on Oct. 6, 2017, the prosecutors offered Quarles a plea agreement on Jan. 19, 2018. Court records show that Quarles rejected the Government’s plea offer on Feb.1, 2018. On March 29, 2018, the case was dismissed.
- Charged with aggravated assault on Jan. 9 2019 in DC Superior Court. This case is pending trial.
- Charged with second degree theft on Dec. 24, 2018 in DC Superior Court.