A Marine Sgt stationed at Quantico, Virginia was arrested after authorities say he attempted to carjack a double-decker tour bus near the White House on Sunday.
Washington D.C. police say the suspect, 24-year-old Tyler Jackson, was near block H at Lafayette Square around 8 p.m. near the White House when the event unfolded.
The tour bus was stopped as tourists were taking photos of the White House on the upper deck. Suddenly Jackson ran onto the bus screaming at the driver “get out of here” and began beating her.
Tour guests ran down from the top deck to the lower deck to assist the driver who was later taken to the hospital. The driver said the attack was unprovoked and is unsure of why she was targeted. She was not seriously injured.
Due to the proximity of the White House, the U.S. Secret Service arrived quickly to the scene and apprehended Jackson. He was later turned over to D.C. police where they arrested Jackson.
“We didn’t know who was down there or what was going on,” said tourist Craig Ludwig said after capturing the scene on his cellular phone.
“We heard the bus driver starting to yell that there was somebody attacking her,” Ludwig recalled.
Big Bus Washington D.C. released a statement to Fox5: “We can confirm that the unfortunate event did happen during our night tour on Sunday evening. As expected the driver remains in a state of shock, but fortunately in good condition. We are incredibly appreciative of the quick response by the authorities.The safety of our team members and guests is incredibly important to us, our buses do include on-board cameras, and we will continue to work with the authorities as the investigation continues.”
Jackson pleaded not guilty and has been charged with simple assault, unarmed carjacking, failure to obey, and resisting arrest.
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