Dimitris Polk Accused of Shooting Bus Driver, Threatening Family

Dimitris Polk faces multiple charges, including eight charges of aggravated assault, after allegedly shooting a bus driver and threatening to kill a family while under the influence of crystal meth. 

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Dimitris Polk, 30, was arrested for allegedly injuring a bus driver and then threatening to kill a woman, her husband, and their child in their home in New Orleans.

Police also suspect that a man who was riding in a nearby car was also injured during the incident on February 15, 2018.

Polk is charged with eight counts of aggravated assault, two counts of illegal use of a weapon, and one count each of aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, aggravated criminal damage to property, and possession of a firearm or weapon by a felon, according to online court records.

A Timeline of Dimitris Polk’s Alleged Crimes

Police believe that Dimitris Polk got onto a public bus at the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Louisia Street around 10:30 p.m. after the bus driver saw Polk waving and yelling, “Stop the bus.”

The driver thought Polk was acting strangely, so he pushed an emergency button that sent a signal to police. Polk is then said to have yelled, “You’re calling the police,” and he allegedly pulled out his gun and shot twice, according to the affidavit.

One of the bullets hit the ticket box and the other skimmed the bus driver’s arm. The driver is in stable condition at a hospital, according to a transit authority spokeswoman.

After the first two shots, Polk ordered the bus passengers to lie down on the floor. One passenger was quoted as saying that he obeyed Polk’s orders because he “feared for his life.”

It was later discovered that a man in a nearby vehicle suffered from a facial injury. It’s not yet clear if the man was shot by Polk, but the affidavit notes there were bullet holes in the car’s windshield and one hole in the driver’s-side headlight.

According to the affidavit, shortly after the shooting, Polk got off the bus and ran away. About a mile from the shooting scene, Polk allegedly broke into a home on Flood Street and threatened to kill a woman, her husband, and their nine-month-old child.

The woman was able to escape from the home and flag down a police officer.

Police say the husband tried to get the gun away from Polk, and this struggle resulted in two bullets being fired. There were no injuries sustained in the home invasion, according to the affidavit.

According to the husband, he was able to convince Polk to leave the house. Polk was arrested soon after and the affidavit quotes him as saying, “I’m sorry I shot those people. I took a lot of crystal meth, I’m having a bad trip. People are after me.”

Polk was booked into Orleans Parish jail on February 16. His bail is set at $112,000.


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