Man accused of stabbing teens on TARC bus faces judge
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of stabbing two teens on a TARC bus appeared before a judge Monday morning.
His bond was bumped up to $50,000 because of Anthony Rene Allen's long criminal history. The 44-year-old is accused of stabbing two teens, leaving one in critical condition this weekend. He was taken into custody shortly after the incident and faces two first-degree assault charges.
There was a brief exchange between the judge and Allen when the judge believed Allen wasn't paying attention when the charges were read.
"Mr. Allen, first of all, did you hear what I said when I was giving rights?" the judge asked.
"Yes sir," Allen replied.
"But you were asleep," the judge said. "How did you do that?"
"I was listening sir," Allen replied.
"Okay, you were just resting your eyes, right?" the judge said. "Not your ears?"
"I heard," Allen said.
Allen was ordered to not have any contact with his victims, a 13-year-old girl who is stable and 14-year-old Me'Quale Offutt who is in critical condition.
"It's a fight. He's still in a medically induced coma," said Offutt's aunt, Raushanah Daniel.
The teen's family is still trying to piece together what happened in those early morning hours on the bus. They say Me'Quale was coming home from his cousin's house. Police say at some point there was an argument with Allen.
"What information we got from detectives, is that this gentleman, Mr. Allen, he had already previously that night been removed from the TARC because he was intoxicated, he was belligerent, he was harassing other patrons on the bus," Daniel said.
The family believes something more could have been done to prevent the stabbing. They say detectives told them Allen got back on the bus about two hours after he was kicked off.
Police say they're still in the process of retrieving and reviewing surveillance video. "The suspect was on the bus earlier in the night, but there is no indication that he was kicked off the bus," LMPD Homicide Detective Mike Lauder said.
TARC officials referred questions about the incident to LMPD, since it's an ongoing investigation.
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