PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – New details are coming out about the stabbing of a Port Authority bus driver now that a suspect is in custody.
Port Authority Police arrested 18-year-old William Tyrice Holt at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Western Psychiatric Hospital.
Holt is charged with attempted criminal homicide for allegedly stabbing a bus driver six times on June 30 near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Market Street on the 67 Monroeville.
Holt checked himself into the hospital last Friday – the night after the stabbing.
“We received a telephone tip of his whereabouts late last night and this morning the uniformed officers picked him up without incident and brought him back to the station for interviews,” Port Authority Police Chief Stephen McCauley said.
Holt did not admit to the crime, but witnesses identified him and he was seen on bus surveillance video.
The criminal complaint says Holt spit on the driver who told him to leave after causing a disturbance.
Instead of leaving, “The male walked towards the operator in a threatening manner. The bus operator stood up and threw a punch at which time the male pulled out a knife,” according to the complaint.
Three young women on the bus with Holt identified him to police. One of them told police that Holt asked her to get rid of the knife. She said she threw it in a sewer in a downtown alley and led police to it.
Police say for the moment, they aren’t pursuing charges against the women.
“Interviewing them, they were very forthcoming and we hope that they do a better job making decisions in the future,” McCauley said.
The bus driver is in fair condition.