BALTIMORE — Two suspects tied to the murder of MTA bus driver Marcus Parks, were arrested following a late Thursday night standoff at Perkins Homes.
Hours after camping outside an apartment complex, the Baltimore City Police SWAT team moved in and took 24-year-old Cameron Kane Silcott and Nichelle Nicole Green, 25, into custody.
Addressing the media during a press conference Friday morning Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said, "The initial information we received was not only heart-wrenching but also shocking to the conscience. Our hearts and prayers are not only with Mr. Parks' family but his friends, his co-workers as well as the residents who got to know him on his route."
Harrison said that it was the combined efforts of good police work, tips from the community and technology that lead to the suspects arrested.
"Operating with an abundance of caution, commanders summoned tactical resources and cornered off the area in the interest of public safety," said Harrison. "Despite the violent act that took place just hours earlier, both suspects were taken into custody without incident."
Homicide detectives said the shooting stemmed from an argument between Parks and Silcott, who was upset when Parks told him passengers were not permitted on the bus at that time. Police said the suspect took Parks' bag, and Parks chased him out of the bus and across E. Fayette Street. That's when the shooting happened.
It's unclear if the suspects knew Parks or had prior relations to the victim but are looking into all angles.
Parks had worked for MTA for 20 years and was considered a frontline hero for transporting essential workers during COVID-19.