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Man arrested after ordering passengers off bus; driver assaulted

ADELANTO, Calif. ( – A 57-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after he ordered passengers off of a transit bus and assaulted the driver, officials said.

It happened on Thursday afternoon when the suspect, Robert Sutton approached a Victor Valley transit Authority bus that had broken down in the area of Highway 395 and Palmdale Road.

According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman Staci Parks, Sutton approached the bus and started yelling at the passengers, bus driver, and mechanic who was working on repairing the bus.

“Sutton then entered the bus and began verbally assaulting and threatening the passengers. The bus driver picked up a tire thumper and told Sutton to leave the passengers alone and to get off the bus. Sutton became more agitated and physically removed the tire thumper from the bus driver, injuring her hand and arm. Sutton ordered all the passengers off the bus, he then exited and began chasing the mechanic down the street with the tire thumper,” stated Parks in the news release.

Sheriff’s deputies responded and ultimately placed Sutton under arrest. He was booked into the High Desert Detention Center and is being held in life of $100,000 bail.

The bus driver was treated for injuries at the scene. The passengers nor the mechanic were injured.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Sean Byrne at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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