A 15-year-old transgender girl was stabbed in the back Wednesday while riding on a D.C. metro train. According to witnesses, 24-year-old Reginald Anthony Klaiber began verbally assaulting the teen before attacking her. One unnamed witness and friend of the teen told NBC News 4 that they intervened in the attack to protect her: “He pulled out a knife and he stabbed my friend. And that’s when I maced him.”
The girl is expected to recover from her injuries. Klaiber is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, which may carry an enhanced hate crime penalty because of the statements he made prior to the physical assault.