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Man Arrested for Attempted ‘Busjacking’ at Knifepoint, Police Said

Police arrested a 38-year-old man after he allegedly tried to steal a Metrobus and rob a passenger at knifepoint Wednesday night in New Carrollton.

The suspect, identified as Tariq Kirkland, boarded the F4 Metrobus in the 7700 block of Riverdale Road and brandished a knife in an attempt to rob a passenger, Metro said in a statement.

Upon hearing a commotion from the rear of the bus, the driver pulled over, secured the bus and notified the Bus Operations Control Center to initiate an emergency response.

Tariq Kirkland, 38

Tariq Kirkland, 38

Metro Transit Police

Kirkland began to walk toward the front of the bus brandishing the knife and ordered the driver and 16 passengers to exit the bus, according to Metro. The suspect then sat in the driver’s seat in an attempt to take control of the bus. However, the bus did not move because it is equipped with a safeguard preventing an unauthorized person from taking control.

After exiting the bus, the operator flagged down a passing Prince George’s County police officer, who detained the suspect until Metro Transit Police arrived.

There were no injuries.

Kirkland is expected to face charges of attempted armed carjacking, attempted robbery, and first degree assault, Metro said.

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