Bus driver punched 20 times during attack
MESA, Ariz. — A Phoenix-area bus driver stuck in flood waters during Sept. 8’s historic rain was hit 20 times in the face and head by a passenger upset that he couldn’t retrieve his bicycle, police said.
KPHO reported that bus driver David Bhousel sat in his seat wearing his seatbelt as the man repeatedly struck him, Silent Witness Sgt. Derek Elmore said.
The suspect, accompanied by a woman, was annoyed Bhousel would not move his bus to make it easier for the man to get his bike, Elmore said.
“The next thing I know he just turned around and charged me and started to pound on me,” Bhousel said.
Bhousel said every time he tried to unbuckle his seat belt, the suspect punched even harder.
“I had blood all over me,” Bhousel said.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reported 3.29 inches of rain that day, breaking the record for the date of 2.91 inches, Ken Waters and Mark O’Malley of the National Weather Service said.
It marked the wettest day on record for Phoenix since record keeping began in 1895, Waters said.
After the attack, the couple jumped off the bus stuck at the Sycamore Light Rail Station at 1804 W. Main St. in Mesa.
A passerby called 911.
The male suspect is described as between 30 to 35 years old. He is between 6’1″to 6’2″ tall and weighs 230 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a white shirt, black pants and a white Arizona Diamondbacks hat backwards with a white bandana underneath the hat.
The female is between 25 to 30 years old. She is between 5’5″ to 5’7″ tall and had pink hair. She wore black glasses, a dark blue “medical scrub” uniform, a black leopard print jacket and carried a black backpack.
The suspect left on a red beach cruiser bicycle.