MARTA Defends Safety Record in Light of Alleged Gang Assault

April 27, 2011  |  

(AJC) — MARTA officials on Friday defended the transit authority’s safety record, calling last Sunday’s assault of two Delta flight attendants an “isolated incident.”  “Our crime statistics over the last several years have been decreasing, especially for the most serious types of crimes,” MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris said, adding the stats are regularly updated and available for viewing on the transit authority’s website.  Harris said MARTA police have identified “persons of interest” involved in last Sunday’s attack but declined to answer specific questions about the investigation. According to witnesses, roughly two dozen teens, chanting an acronym shared by a well-known Atlanta gang, boarded a rail car at the Garnett station, assaulting  the two Delta employees and stealing one of the men’s wallets. While neither of the victims were seriously injured, passengers described a chaotic scene that left them terrified.

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