An 18-year-old man turned himself in to police for punching a Broward County Transit driver in the face and said he did it "because he was mad at him," the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Elizajah McKenzie was subsequently arrested for battery on a public transit employee Friday, just hours after surveillance footage of the incident was released. He was held on $1,000 bond and remains in jail, according to online arrest records.
On Sept. 10, while driving the bus in the 2800 block of West Sunrise Boulevard, driver Peter McKenzie said he approached a passenger “because he kept pulling the stop line and wouldn’t take his feet off the seat where he was sitting,” the BSO said.
After the two exchanged words and Peter McKenzie returned to his seat, the “rude, disruptive passenger” walked to the front of the bus and punched the driver on the left side of his face, according to authorities.
Someone who recognized the man in the surveillance video called Elizajah McKenzie's mother. The 18-year-old denied the allegations to her but told the BSO that he punched the bus driver “because he was mad at him.”