KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A man accused of sucker punching a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus driver has been charged.
Jackson County Prosecutor's Office said they've charged 18-year-old
Michael Cubie with a felony assault with intent to commit bus hijacking.
Cubie also faces a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault. Court
documents said police were called to the area of 39th Street and Park
Avenue on an assault. A bus driver said he picked up several young men
at the 39th Street and Indiana Avenue bus stop. The driver said the
young men didn't pay for the bus ride so he told them to get off. According
to court documents, the driver told police he remembers two of the
young men getting off the bus and, the next thing he knew, other
passengers were telling him he had been assaulted. During
interviews, witnesses told police Cubie made a statement about hitting
the bus driver before walking up to him and punching him in the face,
leaving him unconscious. One witness said the bus then began going out
of control and she was afraid it was going to run people over. When
officers spoke to Cubie, he admitted to getting on the bus without
planning to pay as well as planning to punch the bus driver. He said he
punched the driver because he was having a bad day.
The bus driver has recovered and has returned to work. Tips helped lead to the arrest.
The bus authority issued the following statement Friday night:
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is pleased that an arrest has
been made in the Oct. 1 assault of a Metro bus operator. We would like
to thank the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department for their diligence in
this case. We would also like to thank the citizens who contacted law
enforcement to help identify the assailant.KCATA
is happy to report that the bus operator is now doing well and has
returned to work. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send well
wishes to the operator; it is heartening to hear support from near and
far for the men and women who are on the roads every day, providing safe
and efficient transportation to the Kansas City community.Finally,
KCATA is pleased that the video cameras installed on our buses have
played a crucial role in solving this crime, allowing responsible
citizens to identify the assailant."
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