An MTA driver was assaulted and threatened with a knife during a violent altercation on a bus in Lower Manhattan on Saturday. Video footage obtained by The Post captured the disturbing incident, which unfolded on the M15 bus at the intersection of Whitehall Street and South Ferry around 12:15 p.m. According to a police officer at the scene, the assailant, an irate man, physically attacked the 58-year-old driver and even brandished a knife during the confrontation.
In the video, the driver can be seen forcefully pulling out the attacker’s hair extensions as they engaged in a brawl. The assailant repeatedly shouted, “Let me go! You’re ripping out my hair,” while the driver firmly responded that he was not going to let him escape and that the police were on their way. At one point, the attacker pulled out a blade, although it remains unclear whether he managed to inflict any injuries on the driver.
The NYPD swiftly took the knife-wielding man into custody, but the specific charges against him have not been disclosed, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. Meanwhile, the driver was transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
The motive behind the altercation remains unknown, as stated by the police. A 41-year-old immigrant from Nigeria, who captured the incident on video, expressed sympathy for the driver, emphasizing the need for better anger management. He remarked, “You don’t need to punch anyone. You could just talk things out. This is a government worker. I felt so bad.”
This incident serves as a reminder of the risks faced by public transportation workers who provide essential services to the community. The MTA driver’s dedication to his duty, even in the face of violence, highlights the challenges they encounter daily.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident, seeking to uncover the underlying factors that led to this disturbing assault on an MTA drive