"Rude, Disruptive Passenger" Punched Broward Bus Driver in Face: BSO

The driver confronted the man about his behavior before the punch was thrown, BSO says

Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:15 PM EDT
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The passenger threw the punch on the night of Sept. 10. As this surveillance video shows, the driver briefly grabbed a hold of his shirt before the man ran away.

The passenger threw the punch on the night of Sept. 10. As this surveillance video shows, the driver briefly grabbed a hold of his shirt before the man ran away.

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office says it’s searching for a “rude, disruptive passenger” who punched a bus driver in the face before running away.

Violent crimes detectives released surveillance video Friday in the hopes of identifying the man they said assaulted Broward County Transit driver Peter McKenzie on the night of Sept. 10.

The bus was on the 2800 block of West Sunrise Boulevard in an unincorporated part of central Broward near Fort Lauderdale at the time.

McKenzie, 54, said he approached the passenger “because he kept pulling the stop line and wouldn’t take his feet off the seat where he was sitting,” the BSO said.

Words were exchanged before the driver returned to his seat. The suspect then walked to the front and punched McKenzie on the left side of his face with a closed fist, and ran off the bus heading north on NW 28th Avenue, according to the BSO.

Authorities ask anyone with information on the case to call BSO Violent Crimes Det. Scott Erdelyi at 954-321-4224 or to contact Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-493-TIPS or at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

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