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Bus Driver Attacked in Pasadena

Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 10:26 am
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A man ripped down a plexiglass barrier and attacked a bus driver after the victim refused to let him on the bus between stops in Pasadena earlier this week, police said.

The incident took place Saturday aboard a Pasadena Transit bus, but was not reported until Tuesday afternoon, Pasadena police Lt. Sean Dawkins said.

The driver, described as an Azusa man in his 50s, was stopped for a red light at an intersection at North Lake Avenue and Belvidere Street for traffic, in between stops, when a man began banging on the door and asking to be let on, the lieutenant said.

Since the bus was not at a stop, the driver waved the man off, according to Dawkins.

The would-be passenger became angry and sat on the bicycle rack mounted at the front of the bus, facing the driver and blocking his view, police said.

When the light turned green and traffic began moving, the driver decided to open the door and let the man aboard, Dawkins said.

The man proceeded to throw water on the plexiglass barrier protecting the driver, then ripped the barrier down and punched the driver several times in the arms and head, he said.

Following the assault, the suspect was last seen heading west along Mountain Street, police said.

He was described as a Black man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds, with black hair worn in an afro style, police said. He wore a red shirt and black pants and carried a backpack.

He had not been found Wednesday.

The driver did not initially plan to file a report at the time of the incident, but changed his mind when he noticed persisting pain on Tuesday, Dawkins added.

Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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