Follow up on the story in the KC Star from Wednesday:
KC bus driver sucker-punched on video; police seek suspect
Kansas City police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man who punched a city bus driver in the face Monday after the driver ordered him and his friends off the bus.
The assailant and his friends did not pay their fares, police said.
The punch nearly knocked the 54-year-old driver unconscious while he was behind the wheel of the bus carrying passengers, said Detective Nicholas Sola.
The blow clearly left the driver confused, police said. Video of the slugging appears to support the observation. The driver sits stunned after the punch, then repeatedly touches his face and reaches into the air.
“It seems as if he doesn’t know where he is,” Sola said. “It’s really heartbreaking to watch.”
The driver tried to continue on his route after the assault. The bus rolled forward and knocked over some orange cones before riders convinced the driver to stop the bus, police said.
The assault occurred about 9 p.m. at 39th Street and Indiana Avenue. Sola said the attacker and his friends boarded the bus, one by one, with each passenger saying the next person would “pick up” the fare. But the final passenger didn’t have enough cash for everyone. That’s when the driver told them to exit the bus.
Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS(8477.) A reward is available for anonymous information.