Man dies after 'assaulting' bus driver: police

BALTIMORE - A 68-year-old man died Tuesday at a Baltimore hospital after officials said he assaulted a Maryland Transit Administration bus driver and a bus passenger, according to a release.

Officers boarded the No. 5 bus in the 1100 block of Cloverdale at about 6 a.m. Tuesday in response to a report of an assault by a "man with a cane" aboard the bus.

Antonio Moreno, 67 from Park Heights Avenue, went into cardiac arrest when MTA officers attempted to restrain him, according to the release. “MTA Police immediately offered CPR and the suspect responded positively,” the release states. “The suspect was then taken to Maryland General where he was treated.  The suspect had a prior history of Emergency Petition as late as Aug. 9, 2013.”

Moreno again slipped into cardiac arrest at the Maryland General where doctors were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 8:51 a.m.

Baltimore police officers were notified of the incident. The Maryland Transit Administration is investigating the assault.

“BPD as matter of protocol is conducting the sudden death investigation upon our request,” the release states. “This allows a transparent and independent investigation into a. Custodial death. This is the first custodial death we can remember, according to  Col. John E. Gavrilis Chief of MTA Police.”

No complaints of excessive force have been made against the officers who restrained Moreno. The officer will be put on administrative duty for the duration of the investigation.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article listed the incorrect time of death for the man. ABC2 News regrets the error. Due to incorrect information provided by police, a previous version of this story also contained the wrong age for the man. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments