14-year-old sexually assaulted on CapMetro train
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14-year-old sexually assaulted on CapMetro train

September 10, 2019


2-ROBERT: A MAN IS IN JAIL AFTER AUSTIN POLICE SAY HE GROPED A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY SITTING NEXT TO HIM ON BOARD A METRORAIL TRAIN. 2-SHANNON: THE REPORT CAME TUESDAY AFTERNOON…. KXAN’S CRIME REPORTER LESLIE RANGEL ASKED CAP METRO HOW THE AGENCY TRIES TO KEEP EVERY RIDER SAFE. REPORTER LESLIE RANGEL LKLV: THE 14-YEAR-OLD TEENAGE BOY BOARDED THE TRAIN HERE AT THE FOURTH STREET DOWNTOWN STATION HE WAS MAKING HIS WAY TO THE LAKE LINE AREA METRO OFFICIALS TELL US THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2010 SINCE THEY BEGAN A RAIL SERVICE THEY’VE HAD A CRIME THAT SEXUAL IN NATURE MEGAN MULHOLLAND, CAP METRO RIDER: GENERALLY I FEEL SAFE, BUT I CAN’T SPEAK TO ANYBODY ELSE’S EXPERIENCE AND THAT’S THE EXPERIENCE MOST PEOPLE WE SPOKE WITH HAVEGUAN MA, CAP METRO RIDER: IT’S ONE INCIDENT OUT OF SEVEN YEARS WHICH IS ACTUALLY VERY SELDOM ACTUALLY COMPARED TO WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU’RE WALKING AROUND THE STREETS REPORTER LESLIE RANGEL: IN FACT… CAP METRO OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE NEVER HAD A LEVEL ONE CRIME ON THEIR RAIL SYSTEM … MEANING NO MURDERS… RAPES… ROBBERYS… ASSAULTS… OR THEFTS SINCE THEY BEGAN RUNNING IN 2010… THIS YEAR MARKS THE FIRST… REPORTER LESLIE RANGEL: ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS…. THE TEEN WAS ON HIS WAY HOME… WHEN POLICE SAY 53-YEAR-OLD TOMAS DAVID GARCIA ASKED HIS VICTIM TO USE HIS CELL PHONE… AFTER THE TEEN AGREED…. GARCIA ALLEGEDLY BEGAN TOUCHING HIMSELF… THEN THE BOY… AND THEN WHISPERED SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE THINGS TO THE BOY. WHEN THE TRAIN GOT TO THE LAKELINE STATION THE BOY TOLD HIS MOM AND CALLED POLICE. MEGAN MULHOLLAND, CAP METRO RIDER: IT’S ONE INCIDENT AND IT’S AWFUL THAT IT HAPPENED AND YOU KNOW EVERYBODY SHOULD KIND OF BE AWARE OF THEIR FELLOW PASSENGERS AND TRY TO HELP PEOPLE OUT REPORTER LESLIE RANGEL: CAP METRO SAYS EVERY MEMBER OF THEIR SECURITY TEAM IS AN APD TRAINED OFFICER…. BUT TYPICALLY ONLY HAVE 15-20 OFFICERS BETWEEN THE RAIL AND BUSES…. REPORTER LESLIE RANGEL: DESPITE THE LATEST CRIME… RIDERS SAY THEY STILL FEEL SAFE. MEGAN MULHOLLAND, CAP METRO RIDER: I FEEL LIKE IT’S A SAFE EXPERIENCE AND NORMALLY IT MAKES GETTING DOWNTOWN A LOT EASIER THAN HAVING TO SIT IN TRAFFIC REPORTER LESLIE RANGEL: IN AUSTIN, LESLIE RANGEL, KXAN NEWS. ROBERT: LOOKING IN-DEPTH AT RIDERSHIP NUMBERS FOR METRO RAIL.THE LATEST REPORT IS FROM DECEMBER 2016.IT FINDS 54-THOUSAND PEOPLE TOOK METRO RAIL THAT MONTH.THAT’S A DECLINE OF LESS THAN 1 PERCENT FROM THAT TIME IN 2015.OVERALL, CAPITAL METRO HAD MORE THAN 2.1 MILLION RIDERS IN DECEMBER 2016.THAT’S DOWN NEARLY 5-PERCENT FROM

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