Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies have arrested a man who allegedly attacked the driver of a bus near Los Angeles International Airport early Monday, Nov. 5.
The suspect and a passenger were injured when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver apparently suddenly stepped on the brakes during the incident, MTA spokesman Rick Jager said. No other injuries were reported.
The MTA Line 40 bus was travelling along Aviation Boulevard near 111th Street in Westchester at 2:18 a.m., when a passenger stood up and allegedly began to assault the bus operator, Jager said. The Line 40 bus, which provides service between downtown Los Angeles and the South Bay, had approximately 12 to 15 passengers on board at the time.
After the suspect allegedly tried to grab the steering wheel, several passengers who were sitting up front got up and attempted to subdue the suspect, Jager said.
The driver then suddenly brought the bus to a stop, causing the suspect and one of the passengers to hit the windshield, he said.
The suspect received treatment at a local hospital for leg and ankle injuries, while the passenger, who sustained some lacerations, was also treated at a local hospital, Jager said.
Sheriff’s deputies later arrested the suspect for attempted carjacking, he said.