- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Metro bus drive was stabbed by a passenger Tuesday shortly after midnight at the Wheaton Metro Station, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Police said incident started at the Silver Spring Metro station when a passenger to the driver a male passenger was inappropriately touching himself in the back of the bus. The 28-year-old bus driver then asked a female acquaintance who had boarded the bus to check on the subject.

The acquaintance, 26, saw the subject adjusting his clothing and told the bus driver what she saw, police said. The bus driver asked the subject to respect other riders and to refrain from inappropriate behavior, then drove to the Wheaton Metro station as part of his planned route.

Before the bus arrived, the subject approached the bus driver and began to talk in a loud manner, police said At the bus station, in the 11000 block of Georgia Avenue, the bus driver and passengers exited the bus. The suspect then attempted to charge at the bus driver but was stopped by the female acquaintance who placed herself in between the suspect and bus driver. The suspect attempted to punch the female but she was able to block the punch with her arm. The suspect and bus driver became involved in a physical altercation and the bus driver then discovered that he had been stabbed.

The driver was stabbed in the mid-section and left arm, but the wounds are not considered life threatening.

The suspect has been identified as Victor McEachin, 52, of the unit block of Wimbledon Court, in Silver Spring. Mr. McEachin has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and possession of marijuana. He is being held at the county detention center.

Police found Mr. McEachin, based on witness reports, at University Boulevard West and Amherst Avenue. When arrested he was in possession of a knife and a substance believed to be marijuana, police said.