Elderly bus driver beaten unconscious in Kansas City

crime | Oct 05, 2012 | By Martin Barillas

Police are seeking a young man who allegedly assaulted an elderly bus driver in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 1. A surveillance camera captured the action in which several apparently teenaged males congregated near the driver at the front of the bus as he drove the route. As the group descended at a stop, the CCTV captured one of them delivered a devastating sucker punch to the head of the driver, apparently knocking him unconscious. The bus was stopped and passengers soon came to the elderly man's aid. Police are urging the public to provide information leading to the arrest of the culprit.

 
 
According to The Huffington Post, Capt. Steve Young of the Kansas City police said that the suspect is believed to be in his late teen years and may have boarded the bus without paying the fare. It was upon exit that the suspect sucker punched the driver and seriously injured him.
 
 
In a video, Kansas City police note that the driver was "knocked unconscious."  Following the attack, the disoriented driver then drove the bus into a barricade. Police Chief Young characterized the attack as a "cheap shot" and claimed that his department has received numerous tips, expressing optimism that the assailant will be found.
 
Kansas City Police Department TIPS Line: 816-474-8477.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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