Jun 13 2011
The Rockville Metro Station has reopened following a bomb scare this morning. Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel says a woman on a train said she had an explosive device. Metro officials believe the woman was on her way to blow up St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville. During the incident, the woman was overheard saying, “You killed my family, now I’m going to kill you all.”
UPDATE: Washington Post: Commuter Tarek Nasser said the woman who allegedly caused the disturbance boarded the train at Shady Grove. The woman dropped to her knees and appeared to start praying. Later, the woman, who was wearing a hijab, began ranting about Muslim Americans on a cellphone, Nasser said. Robin Ratcliff said she did not see the woman who made the alleged threat, but heard other passengers running into the first car where Ratcliff was, saying the woman said “Praise Allah. I’m going to kill the world,” before throwing a backpack onto the train and exiting.
wjla (H/T Revere Rides Again)–Victoria Cho tells ABC7 News that she was on the train with the woman. She says the woman was talking on the phone about a Muslim bombing in India. Apparently, the woman knew someone who was killed in the bombing. Cho says the woman said that she wanted to go to a Catholic church in Rockville and bomb it, then dropped to her knees and started praying extremely loud. The woman reportedly got off the train with a backpack.
Metro Police Deputy Chief Ron Pavlik says the suspect is a 51-year-old McLean woman who has since been arrested, ABC7 reports. Authorities haven’t charged the suspect and she is currently undergoing a mental health evaluation. The woman is not a U.S. citizen but is a permanent resident, Stessel said. The woman who made the threat has been involuntarily committed.
Rick German was on the train when the woman boarded at Shady Grove. She was talking on a cell phone and began kneeling by the rail car doors. “Then she started going into threatening Christians, threatening American Muslims,” said German, a witness. “Then I yelled ‘Check the packages!’ and we all started checking packages.”
Scott Graham, Montgomery County Police, says witnesses called 911 from the train. Afterwards, he says Metro stopped the train and evacuated its passengers, who had to walk along the tracks between the Twinbrook and Rockville stations. No injuries have been reported. According to Montgomery County police, a device carried by the woman doesn’t appear to be threat.
A Montgomery County Bomb Squad is evaluating several passengers who were on train with the suspect. They’re also searching the beds of the tracks for potential bombs.