Man arrested for attempting to carjack Metrobus

(PHOTO: Metro Transit Police)

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. – A man was arrested for attempting to “busjack” a Metrobus Wednesday evening in New Carrollton, Metro Transit Police say.

Tariq Kirkland, 38, was on board the bus at the 7700 block of Riverdale Road when he brandished a knife in an attempt to rob a passenger, police say.

The bus driver pulled over after hearing the commotion and notified the Bus Operations Control Center to initiate an emergency response.

That’s when police say Kirkland threatened the bus driver and 16 passengers with a knife and ordered them to exit the bus.

The suspect then sat in the driver’s seat in an attempt to take control of the bus, but police say the bus did not move because it is equipped with a security feature that prevents an unauthorized person from taking control.

After exiting the bus, the bus driver flagged down a passing Prince George’s County Police officer, who detained the suspect until Metro Transit Police arrived on scene.

There were no injuries. Police say Kirkland is expected to face charges of attempted armed carjacking, attempted robbery, and first degree assault.