A 30-year-old Silver Spring man is in jail after police say he stabbed a Ride On bus driver who refused to pull over and let him off the bus.
Andre William Smith faces six charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and related counts, online court records show.
The assault took place Sunday shortly after 6 p.m. in the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue, according to Takoma Park Police. Smith, who was riding on the bus, had become “irate” and threatened to kill people from different ethnic groups, before demanding that the driver let him off the bus.
According to the police release, when the driver didn’t stop the bus, Smith walked to the front of the bus, then ordered the driver stop the bus.
After the driver asked Smith to stay behind the yellow line, Smith started attacking him and grabbing the bus’s steering wheel, forcing the driver to stop the bus and defend himself, police said.
At that point, Smith took a pocket knife out of his pants and began waving it at the driver, before stabbing him in the leg, the release said.
The driver got off the bus and Smith fled, but Prince George’s County Police who were already on the scene arrested him.
Rescue personnel took the driver to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
No passengers were injured, according to the release.
Smith is being held on $200,000 bail, court records show. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 6th.
A lawyer for Smith could not be found.