Bus Passengers Attacked Several Times in April
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 12:42 AM EDT
COLUMBUS -- Police continue to search for crooks who recently attacked passengers riding public buses.
A 71-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were repeatedly punched in the face in separate incidents that occurred only hours apart on Monday night. The assailants were after the victims' cell phones.
Those attacks came just days after a female rider was shot in the head by a stray bullet that smashed through a bus window. In another incident, three people, including the bus driver, were maced on a COTA bus near Refugee Road.
“If I had left my cell phone in my pocket, nothing would’ve happened," said the 71-year-old victim, who now has black and blue bruises over his left eye.
COTA told ABC 6/FOX 28 more than 65,000 people ride the transit system every day without incident, and the bus line averaged just 3 assaults per 1 million trips last year.
All buses include layers of security, including special duty uniform officers who ride selected routes, undercover security officers, and surveillance cameras.
Reporter: Steve Levine
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