Teen killed in Metro station had earlier run-in with group

Photo -  The Woodley Park-Adams Morgan Metro station (Examiner file photo)
The Woodley Park-Adams Morgan Metro station (Examiner file photo)
Local,Crime,Ben Giles

Olijawon Griffin had been robbed at gunpoint and beaten when he and two companions arrived at the Woodley Park Metro station early Saturday morning to go home. That's when he saw the group of teens who tricked him, attacked him, and stole his jacket and iPhone -- and when he made the fatal decision to get back his property, according to prosecutors.

Griffin, 18, and his companions, including Isaac Chase, were attacked by a group of 10 to 12 teens inside the Metro station, a fight that left Griffin fatally stabbed and Chase hospitalized with a broken nose, according to court records.

District Heights resident Chavez Myers, 17, was charged as an adult Monday afternoon with second-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon and was held without bond in D.C. Superior Court.

Myers was one of nine suspects arrested in the case, all juveniles from Maryland. As the investigation continues -- prosecutors said they are waiting to interview some witnesses and review security footage provided by Metro Transit Police -- some of the other juveniles, who face charges of aggravated assault and robbery, could also be charged as adults.

The eight teens vary between 15 and 17 years in age. Prosecutors asked for a five-day hold in the case, and the teens are scheduled to be back in court Nov. 26.

Griffin, an Olney resident and recent graduate of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Md., was out with friends in Adams Morgan when he met a group of teens inside the McDonald's at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.

Court records offer the following account of what happened next:

Griffin left the two to go try and buy some marijuana from the teens, according to court records. When Chase and the other companion found him a few minutes later, Griffin said he'd been robbed at gunpoint and beaten.

The three walked to the Woodley Park Metro station to go home, but once there, spotted the same teens who robbed Griffin.

All three approached the group of 10 to 12 teens on the platform, and Griffin said, "Give me back my jacket."

After a brief exchange, the group of teens came at Griffin and his friends, beating Chase while he lay on the Metro platform. When Griffin, who had fled up a pair of escalators, turned to help his friend, he squared off with one of the teens, at which time Myers snuck up behind him and stabbed him in the chest, court documents said.

Griffin died later at George Washington University Hospital.

Griffin was a popular student at Sherwood and loved by many, said Principal William Gregory. He was a star athlete who, along with Chase, graduated in 2012.

"It's a tragedy," Gregory said. "It's something that should have never happened. We're heartsick over this."

Staff Writer Kate Jacobson added to this report.

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