Metrobus Hijacker Smoked PCP Before Deadly Rampage

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The man who allegedly hijacked a D.C. Metro bus and fatally ran over a gas station employee smoked PCP and synthetic marijuana before going on the rampage.

Keith James Loving told hospital workers following his violent arrest he smoked PCP and K-2, a synthetic form of marijuana known for dangerous side effects before leaving his home in Deanwood. The bus driver, whose identity has not been released, said Loving was wearing a mask and breathing heavily when he boarded the bus, reports WTOP.

Loving reportedly snapped after the bus driver asked if he was alright, allegedly lunging at the driver with a pair of needle-nose pliers. After a struggle, the driver disarmed Loving, who took control of the vehicle. The driver, and four passengers on-board escaped before he drove away.

Loving plead guilty to assault and attempted robbery in the fall and was wanted by police for violating probation and missing an April hearing. He is currently being held without bail on charges of second degree murder for the death of 40-year-old Anthony Payne who was fatally struck by the bus as it came crashing into a gas station parking lot. (VIDEO: Fatal Hijacking Of DC Metrobus End In Violent Arrest)

The bus driver managed to hit an emergency button calling police before he exited the bus. The hijacking unfolded on Minnesota and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenues in northeast D.C. The bus reportedly caused several accidents before striking Payne and coming to a stop.

“It’s a bizarre incident,” Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier told NBC4. “The whole incident occurred in less than three minutes. He was violent and resisting the officers when they took him off the bus.”

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