Posted on March 31, 2011 at 5:44 AM
Thursday, Mar 31 at 9:18 AM
PORTLAND -- A TriMet bus driver said he was assaulted and punched in the face Tuesday while behind the wheel.
The driver, whose name is not being released, said the incident occurred on Swan Island at 2:45 pm.
He said Katrina Engblom, 25, got angry when she was asked for bus fare.
TriMet investigators said she cursed at the driver, jumped off the bus, pulled on the windshield wipers, and then went over to the driver's side and punched him twice in the face.
"It's not that surprising," said TriMet bus driver Dwayne Williams. "These kinds of things happen every day."
Williams said he has never been physically attacked, but he has been verbally assaulted. "I have been told people would stick fishing poles in my eyes and I was almost spat upon." he said.
During Wednesday's court hearing, a Multnomah County judge said Engblom has a history of attacking complete strangers.
Engblom was charged with felony assault and she'll be back in court April 7th.
"I'm glad she was taken into custody and I hope she won't be doing this to any more of our operators," said TriMet spokesperson Bekki Witt.
Meantime, drivers try to stay positive.
"You let it go, you roll it off your shoulders because 99 percent of the people are real nice," said TriMet driver Rick Sound.