Lodi New Jersey police recently arrested a Paterson man who allegedly committed a violent assault against an NJ Transit bus driver.
According to law enforcement, the bus driver noticed the suspect being disruptive on the bus. Beyond, the suspect was allegedly engaged in verbal abuse of the driver and other passengers.
When the bus driver ordered the suspect to exit the bus, the suspect allegedly responded by violently attacking the driver.
Afterwards, the suspect got off the bus and reportedly fled the area on foot.
The driver dialed 911 and contacted the Lodi Police Department, which immediately dispatched officers to the area. Lodi police searched for the suspect and eventually found him hiding in the backyard of a house located on North Savoie Street in Lodi, New Jersey.
The suspect, a 28-year-old male from Paterson NJ, was arrested without further incident. He now faces criminal charges for aggravated assault on a bus driver.
If the suspect is convicted on the very serious aggravated assault charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who assaults an operator of a motorbus can be charged with a second degree crime and can potentially be sentenced to 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the correctional facility on a $2,500 bail amount.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Paterson Man Assaulted NJ Transit Bus Driver, Police Say.”