The man who police say hijacked a Metrobus tried to attack the bus driver with pliers admitted to using synthetic marijuana and PCP before boarding the bus a block from his Deanwood home, court documents say.
In the criminal complaint, police write that Loving boarded the U6 bus wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face. He was breathing heavily and didn’t take his seat after swiping his SmarTrip card.
The four passengers who were on board escaped safely.
He stopped the bus briefly before turning into Payne, who was captured by the bus’ video camera tossing trash into the station’s dumpster.
Police quickly arrived and found Loving still behind the wheel of the bus. It took several police officers and some pepper spray to pull him off the vehicle.
Loving was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. While there, he told medical staff that he had smoked K2, a form of synthetic marijuana, and PCP before he commandeered the bus.
According to court records, at the time of the hijacking, Loving was wanted for violating probation. He pleaded guilty to assault and attempted robbery last fall and missed a status hearing in April.