2 bus drivers attacked in Brooklyn

September 24, 2012 8:11:02 PM PDT
A passenger, apparently armed with a sharp object possibly a syringe, stabbed one bus driver in one of two incidents in Brooklyn on Monday.

Police released a composite sketch of a suspect. An MTA bus driver says that the sketch is of the man who stabbed him with a syringe on Monday.

The driver's mother waited for her wounded and frightened son to return home.

At 11 o'clock Monday morning 30-year-old Mark Anthony Salandy was operating the B68 bus by Prospect Park when he stopped to let the passenger off.

Eyewitness News is told that's when he felt the nasty sting in his shoulder.

Worse yet, just minutes after this attack a female driver on a B35 bus was assaulted by a female rider.

Last Thursday, in the Bronx, 53-year-old Nelson Diaz was savagely beaten by a passenger trying to beat the fare.

In response, the MTA reports they have installed 650 cameras and another 650 partitions on busses so far.

And according to the chairman, "We will also be doubling the number of our eagle team (NYC Transit Security) to patrol busses and work in tandem with the NYPD."

The union complains the MTA is moving much too slowly in protecting their drivers.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for the syringe attacker and the other recent dangerous passengers.

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