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BROOKLYN (CBS) ? Police said a New York City bus driver was stabbed to death Monday afternoon by a rider apparently angry over not receiving a free transfer.

The driver of the B-46 bus, identified as 46-year-old Edwin Thomas, was operating the bus in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and picked up the suspect around 12:30 p.m. Monday at Malcolm X Boulevard near Gates Avenue.

Police said the man swiped an invalid fare card and sat down on the bus, then asked for a transfer slip usually available to riders.

Police told CBS 2 HD that when the driver told the man that he didn’t pay for the ride and couldn’t get a transfer, the man punched the driver in the head and stabbed him to death while other riders looked on.

“It’s crazy because, I mean, the bus driver was cool,” witness Benjamin Stacking said. “He let me on. I was 50 cents short and he still let me on and gave me a transfer, so that’s kind of crazy.

“No reason to stab a bus driver if you are broke or have no money and can’t get a transfer. No reason to stab a person.”

The suspect fled on foot. Police are looking for a black male between 18 and 20 years old wearing black jeans and an Adidas jacket.

The incident marked the first time a NYC bus driver has been killed on the job in 27 years. Police are offering a $12,000 reward for any information on the suspect.

If you have any information, please call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Elliot Lee Sander, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s executive director and chief executive, said Thomas was a seven-year veteran and characterized him as “a valued employee” who would “be sorely missed.”

“Bus operator Thomas was killed while serving the people of New York City,” Sander said. “This is an extraordinary tragedy for the city and the MTA.”

Gov. David Paterson said in a statement he was “shocked and saddened” by the killing of Thomas, who the governor said “spent his career ensuring the safety of his passengers.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg described Thomas in a statement as a “good man who was good at his job of helping move New York City.”

The mayor said he spoke with Thomas’s son Jeffrey, offering the family his sympathies.

“In Edwin’s memory, I ask all New Yorkers riding public transit tonight or tomorrow to take an extra moment to say ‘Thank you’ to our New York City Transit workers and I ask everyone to keep Edwin Thomas’ family and loved ones in your prayers,” the mayor’s statement said.

The fatal attack on the bus driver, the mayor said, was “so shocking” partly because such violence has become rare. The last bus driver killed while on the job was Harvey Shield in 1981 in Brooklyn, the MTA said.

Assaulting an on-duty MTA employee is a felony.


Added: Dec-6-2008 
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  • What a shame. The driver was being pretty decent about it and got killed any way. It just goes to show why people in areas with weak govt. control are so brutal to thieves and other thugs. Because the thugs have no upper limit to their audacity and evil. Best to just jump them and mass and kick the living shit out of them.

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  • "Police are looking for a black male between 18 and 20 years old wearing black jeans and an Adidas jacket."

    But on a lighter note, thank God it wasn't one of those God-awful "hate crimes" that the blacks are always bitching about. (eye roll)

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  • I bet he voted for Obama.

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  • People should say thank you to all service workers, ALL the time.

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  • That was so Fcukd up.

    Nearly every bus in Edinburgh now has a screen seperating the driver form pasangers due to an increase in attacks.

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  • Fucked up.

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  • It is a worldwide problem. In Toronto, bus drivers have been assaulted.

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  • You have allowed your society to become what it is, take responsibility for it or continue suck it up and talk tough all about what you would do on the Internetz while western society continues to decline.

    Keep up the good work, your masters sincerely appreciate your apathy.

    Moo.

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    • I doubt Reich WIng is American. It's just a popular for some of the non-american clowns here to post under an American flag.

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    • Right...crime like those doesn't exist outside of the U.S., nor did it exist in the past.

      Keep moo-ing, clown. It's more meaningful than the moronic garbage you post the rest of the time.

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    • I'm done, I've spent the last three decades fighting to stop what is occurring, to get people to open their eyes, get off their asses.

      I realize it has been for nothing, wasted time.

      If the public would not listen to the warnings from great American men like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Charles Lindberg, General George S. Patton, and many others, why would they listen to anyone ?

      As far as I'm concerned "they" (whomever you choose to put into that category) win More..

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    • I'm an American, born right in the middle of the country (close the the actual geographic center) and I'm a veteran of US military service.

      Put that in your lil' pipe and smoke it.

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  • Well, he's gonna get his free bus ride.

    One with bars on the windows.

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  • The police are looking for a black kid in downtown New York City? WTF! All he's got to do is dive into 'Harlem' and he's lost. Just like a lump of coal thrown into the coal bin!

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  • entitlement gotta love it

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  • "the man punched the driver in the head and stabbed him to death while other riders looked on."

    What a bunch of assholes. I wonder how many were grabbing for their cameras to get some great You-Tube footage.

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