MTA bus drivers attacked in separate incidents in Bronx and Staten Island – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Two Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus drivers were recently attacked at work.
Now the police are looking for two men in separate crimes.
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Police said a man pepper sprayed a 42-year-old BX-39 bus driver on Monday afternoon in the Bronx. Police said the driver had an argument with the male passenger who may have been standing too close.
The other incident happened on May 10 in the Concord section of Staten Island, but a video of the assault was released on Monday.
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Police said the video showed the suspect punching the driver of a 46-year-old SIM-10 bus in the face.
NYPD says the two got into a verbal argument after the suspect attempted to board the bus with an electric scooter. The suspect was wearing a distinctively designed hard hat or hard hat hanging from his backpack.
The driver of this latest incident was treated in hospital for swelling of the face.
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âThere’s no excuse to assault a bus driver, period. We appreciate the NYPD prosecuting the assailant and hope the public will help get justice for a transit worker who was trying to do his job, âsaid an MTA spokesperson.