Bus driver for MTA stabbed in the neck

Man, 40, taken to hospital in serious condition

no motive for attack known

February 24, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A Maryland Transit Administration bus driver was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after being stabbed in the neck, two blocks from his Baltimore City Hall destination, by an assailant who eluded capture, police said.

Bryant McAllister, 40, was in serious condition after the attack about 5:40 p.m. in the 300 block of E. Baltimore St.

McAllister was stabbed in the left side of the neck with a steak knife, said Central District Detective Janice Peters.

The first officer on the scene, Sgt. Curtis Willis of the Quick Response Team, said McAllister was standing outside his No. 91 bus, pointing in the direction of Commerce Street, where his assailant had run toward the Inner Harbor.

"The knife was still in the left side of his neck and he was trying to talk while holding it with his bloodstained hand, but I told him not to talk and to wait for the ambulance," Willis said.

Medics left the knife in the man's neck on the way to Shock Trauma. "It's best to leave it in to prevent the blade from doing more damage by pulling it out," Peters said.

Police said no passengers were on the bus during the attack and that an investigation revealed that McAllister and the assailant became involved in an argument on the bus before each left the vehicle. The stabbing occurred on the street.

"The driver still had his wallet, and there were no signs of a robbery," Willis said.

"We have no motive for the stabbing," said Agent Troy Harris, a police spokesmen.

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