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The man accused of killing a Charlotte bus driver has been arrested, police say

Police in Charlotte say the man they accuse of killing CATS bus driver Ethan Rivera in February has been arrested in Kansas.

Darian Dru Thavychith
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
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Darian Dru Thavychith

Darian Dru Thavychith, 21, was arrested in a Kansas City suburb by the Shawnee Police Department early Tuesday morning following a search that led officers through Colorado, Kansas and Tennessee, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Rivera was shot in what police believe to be a road rage incident on Feb.11, and he died the next day. Police do not believe the two knew each other.

Drivers have raised safety concerns in the wake of Rivera’s death. One driver told WFAE that she feels like a “target” driving the bus with “no protection.”

At a news conference Tuesday, Charlotte Area Transit System CEO John Lewis put out a warning to anyone thinking of injuring drivers.

“To those who want to step outside the lines onboard, in or around our CATS facilities or vehicles: We see you, we will identify you, and what you’ve seen today is that you will be apprehended and brought to justice,” Lewis said.

Thavychith has been charged with murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Police are still asking for people with information to come forward by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. That call can be made anonymously.

You can watch the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's news conference on the arrest below.

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Catherine Welch is Assistant News Director at WFAE. She has led newsrooms at KUNC in Greely, CO, Rhode Island Public Radio in Providence, RI and WHQR in Wilmington, NC.
Sarah Delia covers criminal justice and the arts for WFAE. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.