Media Blackout After Man Attempts to Carjack Tour Bus Near White House

On Sunday evening, a man was arrested after attempting to steal a tour bus near the White House. The report appears to have slipped by the media, as the story was only reported by local news more than 12 hours later, and posted to the Drudge Report late Monday afternoon. 

Photo credit: Fox 5

Fox 5 reports:

A Marine was arrested after he attempted to carjack a double-decker tour bus near the White House on Sunday, according to officials.

DC police said the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Tyler Jackson of Northwest D.C., attempted to steal the tour bus in the 1600 block of H Street at Lafayette Square near the White House at about 8 p.m.

The tour bus was stopped and nearly 60 people were on the top deck observing the White House when Jackson screamed at the bus driver, ran onto the bus and began beating the driver, according to witnesses and the victim.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said Jackson yelled, “get out of here” and struck her multiple times in the face and head.

The tour bus company, Big Bus Washington D.C. issues the following statement after the incident:

Big Bus Washington D.C.: “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.”

The suspect is facing charges ranging from simple assault to unarmed carjacking. Jackson pleaded not guilty, faced his arraignment today.

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