RTA: Bus driver attacked, passenger arrested

CLEVELAND -- An RTA spokesperson confirms to WKYC Channel 3 that an RTA bus driver was attacked just before midnight Thursday.

RTA says that at 11:08 p.m. Thursday, in the area of W.117th Street and Detroit Avenue in front of Pizza Hut, a man who had been on the bus struck the bus driver.

RTA police arrested the passenger after the incident.

A viewer who contacted WKYC said he was on the bus when this occurred.

His account was that the driver asked the passenger to turn off his loud music. When he didn't, the driver stopped the bus and called RTA police. The viewer said the passenger kept screaming at the driver so all of the passengers and the driver got off the bus.

Then the passenger got off the bus and went for the driver.

Other passengers who frequent bus stop number 26 are shocked.

"I'm surprised because Lakewood is a nice neighborhood and you wouldn't expect that to happen around here," said passenger Alia Johnson.

"I'm sort of surprised because it's a relatively quiet area, so to hear something like that is going to shake you up a little bit," said passenger Robin Blake.

Robin Blake and Alia Johnson use RTA almost every day.

Even though witnesses to the fight say they were scared for their safety, it won't stop Robin from taking RTA.

"I don't really have concerns honestly. There are bad things everywhere you go and I don't feel like this area is more dangerous than anywhere else. I feel like that was a random, unfortunate mishap," said Robin.


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