Three young women have been arrested and charged after a vicious, unprovoked attack on a female Coast Mountain Bus Operator on Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 2:15 p.m., March 11, 2014, three women and three young men got on a westbound bus in the area of Broadway and Fraser Street, in Vancouver, without paying. They sat in the back of the bus and began openly drinking liquor that had apparently been stolen earlier from a liquor store.
When a passenger reported the drinking and disruptive behaviour, the driver pulled the bus over in the 1000 block West Broadway, approached the six and told them they would have to get off the bus.
The three men complied, but the three women confronted the driver, grabbed her by the hair while pulling her to the floor of the bus, and began punching her. As they were trying to drag the driver off the bus by the hair, several passengers intervened causing the suspects to run away. Police were dispatched and the suspects were located several blocks away and taken into custody.
The bus driver suffered bruises, cuts and scratches, had quantities of hair pulled out and her glasses smashed.
The following three individuals have been charged:
“We respect and value our frontline employees and their safety and wellbeing is a top priority. No employee deserves to experience violence or be harassed in their workplace,” said Transit Police in a statement. “T-Police are committed to thoroughly investigating all incidents involving our employees and committed to the court process to ensure consequences for this kind of behaviour.”
Source: Transit Police | Image: Vancouver bus via Shutterstock