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Video: Psych Exam Ordered For Man Accused Of Faking Fall On Banana Peel

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Security footage from Potomac Avenue Metro Station (credit: Metro Transit Police)

Security footage from Potomac Avenue Metro Station (credit: Metro Transit Police)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A D.C. judge has ordered a psychological screening for a Maryland man accused of staging a fall on a banana peel in a Metro station elevator.

The screening was ordered Tuesday after a request from an attorney for 42-year-old Maurice Owens of District Heights. Owens sued the transit agency for $15,000, claiming he injured his left leg and hip in a fall at the Potomac Avenue station in August.

Video captured by a security camera inside the elevator contradicts Owens’ claims he slipped on the banana peel. The video shows the floor was clear of any debris when he entered the elevator.

It also shows Owens looking directly into the camera while holding an object in his hand. Shortly thereafter, he stepped back from the door and the yellow peel appears on the floor.

When the door opened, police say Owens thrust himself out of the elevator, falling to the ground.

The claim against Metro was thrown out, and Owens has been charged with felony second-degree fraud. He is considering a plea deal and is set to return to court Friday.

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