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Date: 06-10-2024

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United States of America v. Michael Harrington

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Judge: Maribeth Raffinan

Court: Superior County, Washington, District of Columbia

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C. criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Metro Train Attack

Metro Train Attacker Sentenced to Serve Seven Years For Stabbing

Michael Harrington, 43, of Washington, DC, attacked the victim on a Metro train on September 3, 2023, without provocation. On that evening, the victim was riding a Metro train approaching the Navy Yard-Ball Park Station when Harrington approached her, repeatedly stabbed her in her head and body, and said he would kill her. Harrington left the victim on the train car, bleeding from stab wounds. Police officers were called and took immediate life-saving steps to stop the bleeding before the victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition. In all, the victim sustained twelve stab wounds to her head, hip, foot, hands, and leg, but survived the assault.

Police arrested Harrington later that evening, after he triggered a fire alarm at an apartment building in Arlington, Virginia, and was seen wielding a knife that appeared to have dried blood on the blade and matched the description of the assailant. Harrington also admitted to having had a dispute with someone on the Metro earlier that night.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Anzallo commended the work of those investigating the case from the Metro Transit Police Department, with valuable assistance from the Arlington County Police Department. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Chester.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 84 months in prison

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