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Passenger Punches Queens Bus Driver in the Face After Dispute About Fare: FDNY

Man Wanted for Punching Bus Driver Near Queens Center Mall (NYPD Crimestoppers)

May 9, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

A man is wanted for punching a Queens bus driver in the face after arguing with him over the cost of the bus fare.

Police say on May 2 around 5:50 p.m. the man boarded the Q88 bus near the Queens Center Mall, in the vicinity of 59 Avenue and 92 Street, and got into a war of words with the 30-year-old male bus driver.

The argument escalated to an assault when the man punched the bus driver in the face and then fled toward 94 Street, according to police.

EMS arrived shortly after the assault and treated the bus driver for a swelling face on scene.

Police describe the suspect as male, 6 feet tall, with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black pants and was carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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The bus isn't free

I’m sure he ate some overpriced junk in the mall food court without a second thought to the cost, but refuses to pay a bus fare…

Looks like he ended up running, cardio is good.


He should realize that he literally can never get on that bus again. All it would take would be to walk on, be noticed by the driver, and have the driver lock the doors and call the cops.

Sara Ross

I’m tired of paying increased monthly fare to ride the subway (which hasn’t changed since the price went up, which is the only direction the MTA knows to go) while the rodents from the high school wait for people leaving the station to go through the emergency door or have 1 of them use their FREE card and let 100 of their closest friends go through the emergency door! Why am I supporting these kids whose parents can afford to get them Beats headphones and MJ sneakers, even metallic ones but not a metrocard??

Sara Ross' bank account

So that us poor folk don’t have to spend money on MTA fare and can use that money to keep looking fresh.

Hope he's caught

From the picture, he looks like another run of the mill mutt that is found through out the city. If he was so brave to hit the bus driver, why then is he running away? Hope he’s caught soon and made an example of.

Crackson Heights

From your comment you sound like another run of the mill racist. If you were so brave you would use your real name so we know who you are

Some NY'ers think this way and vote

How dare that bus driver ask him for the fare. For all we know this young man may come form a culture where no one pays the fare. MTA employees should be trained in cultural sensitivity.


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