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Pikesville Crime: Bus Driver Beaten, Suspect in Dumpster

The following information was supplied by the Baltimore County Police Department. In cases were a criminal charge is noted, the information provided does not indicate a conviction.

Two men were arrested Tuesday for beating a bus driver who had reprimanded them.

Keyjuan Kenneth Branch, 19, and Johnathan Michael Watkins, 20, were charged with first-degree assault in the incident that occurred on an Maryland Transit Administration bus, according to a police report.

Between 6:55-7 p.m. Tuesday, the 43-year-old male driver was operating the bus on Milford Mill Road and Liberty Road in Milford Mill, when he reportedly asked the men to stop ringing the buzzer.

In response, when the bus was stopped, the two allegedly punched and kicked the driver in the head and face, and ran.

According to the report, police found Branch hiding in a dumpster in the 8000 block of Woodgate Court. Police captured Watkins at Peach Bottom Lane and Kenmar Road.

According to court records, Keyjuan, a resident of the 3000 block of Windsor Ave. in Baltimore, also was charged with second-degree assault, and as of Friday was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Watkins, a resident of the 8500 block of Glen Mihael Lane in Randallstown, also was charged with second-degree assault and is at the detention center, according to court records.

Jackie August 18, 2012 at 01:16 PM
They seem kind of old for such pranks. And the punks ran, hid in a dumpster. Kind of poetic isn't it?
George Costanza August 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Old? 19 and 20? When you name your kid "Keyjuan" the disrespect for authority just comes with the territory.
william bittner August 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
they were african american residents
Jackie August 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
No George, slow down. What they did was more of a juvenile prank carried out on a dare. At least that is my take. They are kind of old for that kind of behavior as adults. And they ran. And they hid in a dumpster. No need to disparage the race of the suspects. Try looking at the activity, not the race.
john merkle October 10, 2012 at 01:51 AM
nice neighborhood in the 60's and 70's...an MTA bus driver represents authority...it's like kicking an officer of the law....he's king of that bus!...the youth in general seems grow up much slower than in the 60's and 70's,,,I'll bet when they made to the dumpster, they just knew they got away with it...what a rush! huh?...not!!!

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