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Man pleads guilty to stabbing transgender teen in DC

WASHINGTON DC -- A Greenbelt man pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to stabbing a 15-year-old transgender girl on the Metro in July.

Reginald Klaiber, 25, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the July 30 attack of the youth. Because prosecutors added a hate crime enhancement to the charge, Klaiber faces up to 15 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Klaiber approached the teen in the Fort Totten station around 4:30 pm and began harassing her asking “Are you a boy, you’re a boy right?” He also asked her why she looked “like a woman.”

The victim repeatedly asked Klaiber to leave her alone. As the victim tried to walk away, authorities said, Klaiber grabbed the teen, placed her in a bear hug and stabbed her in her back. One of the teen’s friend’s sprayed Klaiber with Mace or pepper spray. The teens ran to a Metro Transit Officer, who was able to arrest Klaiber.

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