Kamloops transit driver assaulted
Kamloops Mounties are on the hunt for a drunk would-be transit rider alleged to have assaulted a bus driver in Valleyview on Thursday, Sept. 27.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said police were called to the area of River Road and Valleyview Drive at about 1:30 p.m. after a drunk man boarded a city bus.
The driver called police after the passenger refused to leave when asked to do so.
Before officers arrived, the man left the bus, removed his mountain bike from the front rack, went to the driver-side window and began punching the driver.
"The driver attempted to grab the man's arm through the window but, in doing so, he suffered two cuts to his lower left arm," Learned said.
He is described as a white man in his early 50s, unshaven with dark hair. He was wearing a white shirt with pink and blue accents and riding a nondescript mountain bike.
Maribeth Burton, corporate spokeswoman for B.C. transit, said the man punched through the bus window as he attacked the driver
The driver sustained some minor injuries which were treated at the scene, Burton said.
She added the suspect had been on the bus for some time and that there was a young woman and an older, burly man also on the bus.
The suspect didn't leave and assault the driver until the other man left, Burton said, which BV Transit officials think was deliberate.
The driver is off work.
Anyone with information can call police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.