Teen charged in stabbing of bus driver

March 05, 2004|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old West Baltimore boy has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of a Maryland Transit Administration bus driver in Baltimore last week, police said yesterday.

The boy, David McCloud of the 2400 block of Presbury St., was being held without bail at the city jail. He was arrested just after 5 p.m. Wednesday near his house, said Sgt. Donald Kincaid of the Central Police District.

The stabbing occurred about 5:45 p.m. Feb. 23 in the 300 block of E. Baltimore St., when bus driver Bryant McAllister, 40, got into an altercation with a passenger, police said.

Shortly after the stabbing, detectives released a photograph of a suspect taken from the bus' surveillance cameras. About 5 p.m. Wednesday, an anonymous caller to the city's 911 center reported a person standing in the 2400 block of Presbury St. who resembled the suspect in the photograph.

Police spotted McCloud on the block and arrested him after a short chase. Investigators said a witness identified the boy in a photo lineup as the stabbing suspect.

The incident between McAllister and the person who stabbed him began when the passenger put a jacket between the bus' doors, preventing McAllister from driving away.

The two might also have argued over a fare, police said. The argument spilled outside, and McAllister was stabbed in the neck, Kincaid said.

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