Bus Driver Attacked by Passenger

TITLE: Bus Driver Attacked by Passenger

WHEN: June 29th, 2021, at approximately 7:45 AM

WHERE: 3801 70th Ave (PSTA Transit Station)

WHAT: On June 29th, at approximately 7:45 AM, officers received a call about a
passenger who attacked the driver of a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
(PSTA) bus.  The male bus driver sustained significant facial injuries after
being punched by a male subject.  It was reported that the subject boarded the
bus near 34th St and 50th Ave N.  The bus driver asked the subject to put on a
face covering while boarding the bus, but the subject refused to put on a mask.

This attack was unprovoked and occurred while the subject was exiting the bus
stopped at the PSTA Transit Station located at 3801 70th Ave.  The subject
fled the area on foot and was unable to be located by responding officers. 
The subject is described as a black male, approximately 30 years of age, with
a short beard and short dreadlocks.  The subject was wearing a white t-shirt
with a grey Supreme satchel, Gatorade towel, and small dark sunglasses.

The Pinellas Park Police Department is asking for the community's assistance
with identifying and locating the subject who struck the bus driver.  If
anyone has information regarding this incident, is encouraged to contact Crime
Stoppers (1-800-973-TIPS) or the Pinellas Park Police Department
(727-369-7864). Please refer to agency case number 2021-38871.

A photograph of the subject exiting the bus has been attached to this release.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

Photo available at https://link.zixcentral.com/u/8ff546df/ZOB0q7XZ6xGvsAC15F7kRg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.media-alert.com%2Flistings%2FPerson.aspx%3Fid%3D99219
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For more information contact:

Pinellas Park Police Department
Public Information Office