Metrobus suspect's address is same as a man who has name of actual driver

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

William Jackson, the 19-year-old who allegedly deceived Metro security and drove off in a bus Friday, apparently shares an address with a man who has the name of a Metrobus operator, according to public documents.

Jackson was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and fleeing an accident. Property records show that a man named Stephen Dabney owns a house at the address listed in the charging documents.

"We have an employee named Stephen Dabney who works at Metro as a bus operator," Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff said in an e-mail Tuesday.

On Friday, Jackson allegedly entered the Bladensburg bus garage wearing a bus operator's uniform, started a bus and drove off along the B2 Route, picking up several passengers along the way.

Metro did not immediately respond to questions about whether Dabney is part of the ongoing Metro Transit Police investigation into the stolen bus incident, which ended dramatically when the vehicle crashed into a tree. No one was injured, Metro said. A damage assessment of the bus is underway, Woodruff said.

On Monday, Metro said it was tightening security and identification checks at bus facilities as a result of the incident. Metro officials said they think the investigation will be concluded this week.

Staff writer Keith Alexander and researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.

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