TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Police Department on Sunday identified the man who is accused of fatally stabbing a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) bus driver on Saturday.

Just before 4:15 p.m., Saturday, at North Nebraska Avenue between Lotus and E. Castle Court, south of Linebaugh Avenue, police say less than 10 people on the bus witnessed 35-year-old Justin Ryan McGriff arguing with the bus driver before stabbing him. 

After stabbing the HART bus driver in the throat, he then ran away toward Interstate 275 where police caught up with him, authorities say. 

“We were able to approach that person. He ran. Ended up on the embankment towards the interstate. We again chased him. Ended up on the side of the interstate on the northbound lanes. At that point we we’re able to apprehend him,” said Steve Hegarty, Tampa Police Department’s Public Information officer.

McGriff has only charged with resisting arrest without violence. 

Investigators are still gathering as many details as they can, likely viewing any surveillance video on the bus or nearby. 

More charges could be pending. 

Police are also searching for a motive. No one knows why McGriff allegedly stabbed the bus driver, who is described as someone who had worked for HART for long time, which is leaving people who work for the company devastated. 

Justin Ryan McGriff, 35, has been charged with resisting arrest without violence. (Tampa Police Department)

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