- Associated Press - Friday, April 13, 2018

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (AP) - A man is accused of trying to steal a Metrobus in Maryland after the bus operator interrupted a passenger robbery.

Thirty-eight-year-old Tariq Kirkland reportedly attempted to rob a passenger at knifepoint. News outlets cite a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority news release that says the Metrobus operator heard the commotion, pulled over and called the transit’s authority center.

The release says Kirkland then attempted an armed “busjacking” by ordering the driver and 16 passengers to leave. Upon exiting the bus, the operator flagged down a passing Prince George’s County Police officer who then detained Kirkland until Metro Transit Police arrived.

Kirkland is charged with attempted armed carjacking, attempted robbery and first degree assault.

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