Portland bus driver assaulted by rider

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland's regional transit agency is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the beating of a female bus driver in a north Portland neighborhood.

Trimet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said Friday the unidentified driver is recovering.

Trimet says the operator was repeatedly punched late Thursday night after telling a rider who had boarded about a half mile earlier that he did not pay the correct fare.

The bus was parked at the time. The man reportedly began yelling at the driver, then started hitting her.

Altstadt says the driver fought off the attacker, who left on foot.

The driver was treated at the scene. Police searched the area but did not find the man.

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