Police say the 65-year-old driver was struck in the face with a metal padlock in the vicinity of Fountain Avenue and Linden Boulevard in East New York around 6:30 p.m.
Video released by the NYPD shows the suspect running up the bus and knocking on the door as it pulled away from the curb. He then sprints off, catching up to the bus at the next stop.
The video then shows him boarding the bus, striking the driver, and fleeing the scene.
The bus driver suffered a laceration above his left eye and was treated and released from Brookdale University Hospital.
The MTA called it "another vicious, unprovoked attack on one of our bus operators."
Horrified to learn of another viscous, unprovoked attack on one of our bus operators, driving a B15 tonight. New York, we are better than this! Please keep him in your thoughts.— Sarah Meyer (@SarahMeyerNYC) February 12, 2020
The individual is described as a black male with a beard and mustache, last seen wearing a black winter cap, a red hooded sweater, a dark colored jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.
Anyone with information 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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