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“West admitted to punching the bus operator because he was “angry.”

by Prince Of Petworth November 19, 2015 at 10:10 am 14 Comments


From Metro Transit Police:

“Metro Transit Police have arrested the man wanted for assaulting a Metrobus operator on November 6, 2015.

Darren Lowell WEST, Jr., 20, of Northwest DC turned himself in to the Metro Transit Police warrant squad yesterday and was arrested without incident. Subsequently, West admitted to punching the bus operator because he was “angry.”

The incident occurred on the 92 route while the bus was servicing the bus stop at North Capitol and P streets NW. The suspect walked past the bus operator without paying. When the bus operator requested the fare, the suspect walked to the front of the bus and, without warning or provocation, punched the operator multiple times in the face with a closed fist. A passenger aboard the bus, acting as a Good Samaritan, had to physically pull West off of the operator and force him off the bus.

The operator was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and was released.

MTPD released images of the suspect within hours of the incident and sought the public’s assistance to identify him. Media coverage and public tips were instrumental in obtaining an arrest warrant for West.

West will face assault charges in the District of Columbia where, under DC law, assault on a bus operator could carry an enhanced penalty at sentencing.”

  • W

    lock him up and throw away the key

  • Anon

    Serious query: Is there anything in the DCPS curriculum that explicitly teaches kids how to handle/deal with anger past elementary school? Because I think there definitely should be.

    • Anonappottomos

      His anger stemmed from being asked to pay the fare every rider has to pay. Not sure anger management would have prevented this one.

      • Anon

        You seem to have misunderstood my question. Reasons for said anger (i.e. You gauging whether or not it was justified) are irrelevant to one’s skill set/ability to deal with anger in general. I want to know if DCPS properly equips its students for dealing with anger, regardless from where it stemmed.

        • Anonymoose

          Is this a joke? DCPS barely equips students to do basic math.

          • Former AmeriCorps

            Spend some time inside a DCPS school and I guarantee you will see a large group of adults committed to giving these children the best education possible. Lots of them get to work early and stay late for their students. It’s probably on a school by school basis, but where I worked did have a program in place to teach virtues. What I am positive about is that every teacher is working as a de-facto guidance councilor / role model to teach their kids how to deal with these situations every day. Blaming “DCPS” is such a cop out.

          • W

            The problem is not the schools it’s parents, or lack of parents and parenting.

          • anon

            agreed with former americorps. I have friends who teach at anacostia high, and they work hard, and many hours, for not that much money. don’t blame the teachers who do all they can. What a thankless job.

    • Chris

      Not sure, but this is one reason why I am in strong support of public schools teaching sex-ed, providing condoms and additional birth control methods to students. The cycle has to stop.

    • The OP Anon

      I doubt there’s many – if any – emotional health resources to kids like this. He needs a therapist, yet he doesn’t even realize it. I doubt he has knowledge of the emotional tools necessary to handle life’s everyday grievances. He’s probably spent his entire life getting hit in order to ensure compliance. Sad.

      • alkebulan

        Well said.

  • SusanRH

    I just looked him up and it looks like he was on unsupervised probation and had been to a Psychiatric Hospital. Hopefully he gets some help this time

  • SWDC

    He’ll be out in 6 months.

  • Avenging Angel

    I just hope he can get some help for that growth on his head.


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