Train passenger brutally attacked ‘after asking teenagers to stop smoking weed’
Victim Kennan Jones said the incident went “from zero to 100” after he complained to the group of five males and two females
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- 23:01, 2 AUG 2017
- Updated 07:10, 3 AUG 2017
A man was brutally attacked by a group of teenagers after he allegedly asked them to stop smoking weed on a train.
The mob viciously beat victim Kennan Jones after he complained about the group reportedly using drugs on the public transport vehicle.
Mr Jones told NBC News that he remembered being confronted by one of the females after making the request.
He said: “”When they started smoking I’m like, ‘Come on, man. We’re on a train. Can y’all just wait? Just wait’.
“She ended up spitting in my face.
“”I was like, ‘You lucky I don’t hit females, little girl, because I would beat your a** for that. And that’s when everything went from zero to 100.”
The video shows the group kicking and punching Mr Jones, while he tried desperately to defend himself.
He was also reportedly hit in the head with a skateboard while on board the Dallas Area Rapid Transport (DART) train on Sunday night.
As the train stopped at the next station, the attack spilled out onto the platform at Deep Ellum station in Dallas, Texas.
Mark Ball, a DART spokesperson said: “When we saw them tumble out onto the station, DART police were notified immediately.
“Within 10 minutes, we had officers there.”
Initially, officers did little to pursue the incident because there was no CCTV footage from inside the train.
Since the video appeared on Facebook earlier this week, DART authorities are now reviewing it.
Mr Ball said: “We made it a much more vigorous effort to try and get it resolved.
“We did not pursue it vigorously because the individual did refuse to pursue charges.”
But Mr Jones disputes this claim, adding: “I never said ‘no’.”
CCTV footage reportedly shows the train pulling away from the platform after the incident, but Mr Jones lying motionless.
He was later taken to hospital for treatment.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing as police attempt to identify the individuals in the video footage.Victim Kennan Jones said the incident went "from zero to 100" after he complained to the group of five males and two females
Man asked passengers to stop smoking weed on train. They viciously attacked him.
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On Sunday night, a 44-year-old man riding on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train was beaten by a group of other passengers after he said he asked them to stop smoking marijuana.
The video of the attack has now gone viral.
“When they started smoking, I’m like, ‘Come on, man. We’re on a train. Can y’all just wait? Just wait,” Kennan Jones told NBC5,
Then a young woman spat in his face, Jones said.
In the video, posted on Facebook by another passenger, a group of five to seven people are showing kicking, punching and slapping Jones. One woman yelled “get him” as he tried to deflect the punches.
The fight eventually spilled out onto the platform. At one point, Jones got up off the ground and started walking. The group soon attacked again, at one point with a skateboard, until he was left motionless on the ground.
The group then piled back onto a train and continued their ride.
“In my mind I was like ‘just don’t pass out. God don’t let them kill me,” Jones told NBC5.
DART spokesman Mark Ball said police were notified immediately and were on the scene within a few minutes.
“We apologize for this happening. Especially to that customer,” Ball said, according to WFAA8. “This is not something we want happening on DART’s trains. So, we actually want to catch these individuals and we want to prosecute them.”
No one from the Dallas Police Department or DART were available for comment early Thursday.
No arrests in the case have been made. An investigation is ongoing.
After the beating, Jones, whose injuries included bruised ribs, was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
“I’m resting in the fact that I’m alive,” Jones told WFAA 8.A 44-year-old man riding on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train was beaten by a group of other passengers after he said he asked them to stop smoking marijuana. ]]>