According to police, a disturbed passenger stabbed an MTA bus driver in the hand in Brooklyn. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon when the 42-year-old bus driver engaged in an argument with an unknown individual on board a B82 bus near Bay 37th St. and Cropsey Ave. in Gravesend.
The altercation escalated when the passenger brandished a knife and stabbed the bus driver once in his left hand around 2 p.m., as reported by authorities. The injured driver was promptly transported by medical personnel to NYC Health and Hospitals/Coney Island, where he was reported to be in stable condition.
Following the attack, the assailant fled the bus and escaped by running north on 24 Avenue.
“We are cooperating with the NYPD in its investigation while providing support for the bus operator,” said MTA spokeswoman Meghan Keegan.
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Law enforcement officials provided a description of the suspect involved in the incident. Described as approximately 30 years old, the individual has a dark complexion and stands at around 5-foot-10, weighing approximately 160 pounds.
At the time he was last seen, the suspect was wearing a black fanny pack worn around his neck. He was also dressed in a red polo shirt featuring the number 5 on the right side, light blue denim jeans, and red and white sneakers.
Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).