BRITISH COLUMBIA
02/05/2014 09:52 EST

Surrey Bus Driver Punched, Reward Offered For Arrest

Transit Police

UPDATE - 1:51 p.m.: A 23-year-old man from Surrey has been arrested in the case, said Transit Police. Officials said he is well-known to them including a 2012 assault involving a police officer in Surrey.

Transit police say he is well-known to police for charges surrounding a 2012 assault involving a police officer in Surrey, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a prohibited weapon.

A $15,000 reward is being offered in locating a suspect in the assault of a bus driver in Surrey, B.C.

The incident happened on Monday night. The suspect was wearing headphones and singing, rapping, and swearing on the bus, as well as trying to intimidate other passengers, said Transit Police. He refused the bus driver's requests to stop swearing.

Nathan Woods, president of Unifor Local 111, told The Province the suspect yelled racist obscenities at the Indo-Canadian driver.

When the bus stopped at Surrey Central Station, the man punched the driver in his face, took his glasses, and fled. The bus driver followed him to retrieve his glasses, but was assaulted again, said police.

The driver retreated to his bus, but was pursued by the suspect who proceeded to punch him for a third time.

The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, 160 pounds, 5’6” to 5’8", with black hair, a short beard, and wearing a white tracksuit.

The bus drivers' union, has issued a $15,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest, charges or a conviction, reported Global News.

The shaken driver suffered bruises and cuts to his face, Woods told CBC News.

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