Family: Suspect in TARC stabbings kicked off bus hours earlier
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An early morning bus ride turns into a bloody altercation for two Louisville teens.
Police say a fellow passenger stabbed a 14-year-old male and 13-year-old female around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
The suspect, Anthony Rene Allen, was arrested shortly after police were called to the scene at 28th and Broadway. Allen initially fled the scene, but police found him a few blocks away.
The 14-year-old, Me'Quale Offutt, is currently in critical condition at University Hospital. A spokesperson for the family said he is in a medically induced coma, and underwent surgery early Sunday.
"The doctors told his mom that he was stabbed three times," said family spokesperson and community activist Chris 2x. "Once in the upper torso area, in the arm area, and then his heart was pierced by the knife."
Friends said the Kennedy Middle School student was likely heading to his grandmother's house when the trip turned violent. They said he rode that route almost daily.
"I was thinking, who would do this to Me'Quale because he didn't bother anybody," said his friend Destiny Williams.
Police won't say what the altercation was about, or why the teens were riding the bus alone at such an early hour.
Family members tell WDRB that only a few hours before the incident took place, the suspect was kicked off the same bus. Detectives tell them that Allen was intoxicated and making threats towards other passengers.
According to family members, police were not notified when Allen was kicked off the bus the first time.
Homicide detectives confirm that Allen is a convicted felon.
His criminal history is lengthy, and dates back to 1988. Records show Allen has been arrested for robbery, auto theft, promoting prostitution, sodomy, and assault--including assault against a minor.
With this latest incident, he adds two counts of assault in the first degree, and tampering with physical evidence to the list.
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