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Detectives release disturbing video of assault on a VVTA bus driver in Phelan

PHELAN, Calif. ( — Detectives released video showing an assault on a Victor Valley Transit Authority bus driver who was pushed from a bus and punched multiple times by an unknown suspect.

The violent and unprovoked attack was captured on surveillance cameras rolling inside the bus when it happened in December 2018.

Sheriff’s officials said the suspect boarded the bus in the area of Phelan and Buttemere Roads without putting in the correct fare in the machine and was asked by the bus driver to pay the necessary amount.

“The suspect became loud, vulgar and threatening to the bus driver. The driver refused to drive away and called in for his supervisor to respond to the location,” officials said in a news release.

The newly released nearly 2-minute long video shows the suspect refusing to exit the bus and becoming combative with the driver as he refused to exit the bus.

Approximately 1:11 seconds into the video you see the suspect jump from his seat and get into the driver’s face again.

The suspect continued yelling and pushed the driver out the open door and onto the ground outside. “The suspect stepped outside and punched the driver in the face 6 to 8 times while the driver was still on the ground,” officials said.

The driver suffered serious injuries to his face and head from the assault.

At the time of the attack, the suspect was wearing a gray and red Chicago Bulls beanie, black and gray hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and black tennis shoes with white soles. 

The suspect claimed to be homeless in the area. He is possibly left handed due to all punches were from his left fist. 

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to call Detective Jeffrey Collins at (760)995-8781 and reference DR# 071804199.

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