Man Attacks Disabled, Homeless Man on Bus: ‘You Owe Me for Making My Grandmother a Slave’

Kevin Lewis, ABC7/WJLA, October 17, 2017

A black man on a Metrobus attacked a 52-year-old disabled, homeless passenger, spitting in his face, and blaming the victim, who is white, for decades of slavery in the United States, police say.

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Marquis Evans-Royster, 27, approached the disabled, homeless man, looked directly into his eyes and stated, “You owe me for making my grandmother a slave.”

The victim remained calm and did his best to ignore the racially motivated comments. However, the confrontation became tenser when Evans-Royster allegedly began to rummage through the victim’s pockets. A number of bystanders attempted to intervene, prompting Evans-Royster to charge at various passengers, spit in the victim’s face and threaten to douse the victim with a cup full of urine.

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Before fleeing, the 27-year-old allegedly snapped off one of the bus’ side view mirrors, valued at around $250.

The bus driver told investigators that Evans-Royster boarded the bus without paying a fare and “almost immediately” started to harass the two white passengers. In addition to the slavery remarks, the bus driver recalled Evans-Royster stating all white people are evil and suggesting that the bus’ two white passengers should die.

Metro Transit Police caught Evans-Royster four days later at the Wheaton Metro Station. They have since charged him with a slew of crimes, including, race/religious harassment, robbery, theft, second-degree assault, destruction of property and possession of a false I.D.

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Court records indicate Evans-Royster works as a tow truck driver, carries an extensive criminal record and has two children.

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Marquis Evans-Royster

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