Passenger stabbed MTA bus driver in New York

MTA public bus, New York.

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An MTA bus driver was stabbed by an angry passenger in Queens (NYC) on Wednesday night, authorities said.

The driver, a 54-year-old man, was driving a Q6 bus on Rockaway Boulevard and 150th Street in the Jamaica neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. a male passenger got angry and started arguing with him, NYPD said.

The incident turned violent when the passenger pulled out a “sharp object” and stabbed the driver twice on the left leg. He was taken to Jamaica University Hospital Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

The suspect, who police say has a dark complexion and is approximately 5 feet 11 inches, fled on foot in an unknown direction. Anyone with information should call. at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

The incident came weeks after Alexander Wright, 49, allegedly hit Metro employee Anthony Nelson, 35, in the head and knocked him to the ground in the Bronx. New York Post.

Nelson, a cleaning employee who was trying to stop the accused assailant from harassing passengers, suffered injuries that included a broken collarbone and dislocated nose.

Wright has 41 prior arrests and a judge on Friday set bail for him at $5,000 during his arraignment last Friday. During a news conference outside the courthouse that day, MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber said the agency will urge the court to ban Wright from using the underground system for three years, the maximum penalty available under the law.