Prince George’s County bus aide allegedly assaults child
PRINCE GEORGE’S CO., – Police arrested a man Thursday for physically assaulting a 7-year-old boy on a school bus. The suspect is 22-year-old DeQuan Brooks.
On Friday evening Prince George’s County Public School Security provided Police with video of Brooks, a bus aide, on a school bus with students en route to the Foundation School in Largo. Brooks is seen on in-bus surveillance video sitting in a seat next to a 7 year-old boy when he grabs the child and shoves him into several seats while he assaults the child about the head and neck.
Around 8:30 Thursday morning bus transportation officials called 911 with a report of a disorderly student on the bus. PGPD patrol officers responded to the bus and once on scene, Police were told by the three adults on the bus that a student had been acting out and had attempted to throw Brooks’ cellphone out of a window. Officers found no evidence to support the allegation against the student. Officers were never informed that a student had been physically assaulted by Brooks.
It wasn’t until Friday, June 8th, when school security provided the surveillance video that Police learned about the assault and launched an investigation. Bruises were also found on the child’s neck.
Brooks was taken into custody and charged with Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault and is being held without bond.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Child and Vulnerable Adult Unit at (301) 772-4930. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)