Pedestrian killed after man hijacks DC Metrobus, crashes it into gas station
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier described the three-minute hijacking incident as bizarre, and called the suspect “violent and resistant,” the Washington Post reported.
Suspect assaulted driver and stole bus, struck a pedestrian in gas station lot. Pedestrian has been pronounced pic.twitter.com/scxvXqQlST— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) May 3, 2016
The bus caper began around 10:30 a.m. when a man got up and attacked the driver with a weapon, which journalist Emily Miller said was as a screwdriver. The driver was able to get off the purloined bus, but suffered a back injury in the process, police said, according to WRC.
Passengers also fled the vehicle when they saw the attack occur, Lanier said.
PD on the scene of "bus"jacking in the 4200 b/o Minnesota Ave. Suspect in custody. Additional details to follow. PIO en route to scene— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) May 3, 2016
"It's a bizarre incident," Lanier said. "The whole incident occurred in less than three minutes."
The suspect then drove the bus a short distance, caused several crashes and struck a pedestrian. It stopped when it crashed at a gas station on Minnesota Avenue NE.
Busjacking: U6 rte to Lincoln Heights. No injuries to passengers. Bus operator injured but non life threatening. MPD handling investigation.— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) May 3, 2016
While it was unclear if any passengers remained on the bus during the hijacking, but Metro Transit Police tweeted that there were no any injuries to riders. The bus driver’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Police initially said that three juveniles attacked the driver with a screwdriver, WRC reported, but Lanier described the suspect in custody as a man.
Police now believe that the man acted alone, WUSA reported.
Metropolitan Police Department officers were able to respond quickly to the scene because the driver pushed the emergency button before he fled the bus.
The theft of a bus is extremely unusual, Lanier told reporters at the scene.