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Police searching for man who attacked a Victor Valley Transit bus driver

PHELAN, Calif. ( — Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in an unprovoked attack on a Victor Valley Transit bus driver, officials said.

It happened back in December of 2018, when the suspect boarded a VVTA bus at Phelan and Buttemere Roads and did not put the correct fare in the machine.

According to a sheriffs news release, the bus driver asked the man to pay the necessary amount and the suspect became loud, vulgar, and threatening to the bus driver.

Officials said the driver refused to drive away and called in for his supervisor to respond to the location.

“The suspect got into the driver’s face, 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,” stated the sheriff’s news release.

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. 

Officials said the suspect claimed to be homeless in the area and 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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