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Man accused of stabbing two teens on TARC bus

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Anthony Rene Allen, 44, is accused of stabbing a 13-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy. Anthony Rene Allen, 44, is accused of stabbing a 13-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy.
Me'Quale Offutt, 14, is in "grave condition," Smiley said. (Source: Family photo) Me'Quale Offutt, 14, is in "grave condition," Smiley said. (Source: Family photo)
Police said both juveniles were stabbed around 12:30 a.m. Police said both juveniles were stabbed around 12:30 a.m.
Around 28th and West Broadway, police said two teenagers who were riding on a bus got into a fight with a man. Around 28th and West Broadway, police said two teenagers who were riding on a bus got into a fight with a man.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A public transportation bus ride turned violent early Sunday morning.

A man stabbed two teens on a TARC bus Sunday at 12:30 a.m. near 28th and West Broadway in the Parkland neighborhood of Louisville, according to LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley.

Anthony Rene Allen, 44, is accused of stabbing a 13-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy. Both teens were transported to the hospital. The boy is in "grave condition," Smiley said. The 13-year-old girl is in stable condition at Kosair Children's Hospital.

The 14-year-old has been identified by family as Me'Quale Offutt. Offutt is a student at Kennedy Middle School.

Allen is accused of running away from the scene. Detectives tracked him down about a half mile from the scene of the stabbing, near 24th and Maple.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and tampering with physical evidence. 

Offut's friends rushed to the hospital to be by his side.

"I was thinking like who would do it to Me'Quale because he didn't bother no body," said Offutt's friend Dstiney Williams.

Community Activist Christopher 2x says Offutt may have been on the bus headed to his grandmother's home.  Offutt has been through major surgery and now loved ones fear the worst. 

"The doctors told his mom that he was stabbed 3 times," said Community Activist Christopher 2X. "Once around the upper torso area, the arm area, and then most severe parts of the stabbing incident is where his heart was pierced by the knife."

Jonathan Dooley is the President of the Union that represents TARC employees. He says the Union is trying to work with TARC about "trouble spots" that exist in drivers' routes.  

"People should be able to come to the bus to be safe, that's what our goal is," said Dooley.

At least three witnesses were on the bus and have been questioned by police. TARC Executive Director Barry Barker released the following statement regarding the incident:

"TARC is deeply disturbed and saddened by what has happened. Safety of our passengers and operators has been, and always will be, our number one priority. We are working with police in the investigation into this horrible crime. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and to others impacted by this tragedy." 

Homicide detectives continue to investigate the incident. Smiley said the Homicide Unit is handling it because of the critical nature of the boy's injuries.

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