Police: 20-25 teens storm Ga. train, attack riders

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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 6:58 PM
Police: 20-25 teens storm Ga. train, attack riders

A group of 20 to 25 youths jumped aboard a commuter train bound for Atlanta's airport and viciously attacked the passengers, police said.

One of the teenagers bashed a rider in the face with a soda-pop can, pushed him down and stole his wallet, according to a police report. Another passenger late Saturday was punched in the face, the report said.

Both riders who were attacked work for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, police said. They have been staying at a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Delta workers _ one from Gig Harbor, Wash., and the other from New York City _ suffered cuts to their faces in the attack south of downtown Atlanta.

They told police the group of teens boarded the MARTA red line train at the Garnett Station, on the south edge of downtown, and were attacked as the train approached a station.

At one point, two men interceded and separated the teen attackers and Delta workers, police said.

It wasn't known how many passengers were riding the train at the time, around 11:58 p.m.. The red line is one of two north-south routes that carry air passengers, airline employees and tourists to and from the world's busiest airport.

No arrests have been made.