Rider arrested at gun point for playing with knife on crowded bus

The evening commute was abruptly disrupted Friday, Dec. 13 by a rider wielding a knife at the North Mercer Park-and-Ride.

Witnesses described a Caucasian man with a hat and white scarf wrapped around his head, playing with an orange-handled knife. He was, “flipping it...and stabbing [it] in the air on the crowded bus,” said Officer S.M. Hyderkhan in a police report.

The suspect, 26, was also spotted tapping the metal pole of the metro bus, with the blade of the knife. Though he never made any threats at passengers, riders were unsettled by the presence of the weapon. He was asked to exit the bus, where he continued to play with the knife on the sidewalk.

When Hyderkhan arrived at the scene, he asked the bus driver to point out the suspect who was standing in a crowd among the other riders. The suspect complied and Hyderkhan drew his weapon. Officers observed the knife poking out of his pocket. The suspect was directed to spread eagle and surrender the knife. A second officer, J. Haraway, arrived and handcuffed the subject.

No other weapons were found on him. The suspect was charged with unlawful bus contact.

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