LANCASTER —The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a female rider who assaulted a bus operator.
The incident occurred about 6 p.m. Monday near Palmdale Boulevard and Fifth Street West when the contracted bus operator attempted to assist the rider as she boarded with two children and a stroller.
The assault was captured on the bus’ interior video camera.
“The operator was simply explaining boarding policies regarding strollers and infants when he was the victim of this senseless and unprovoked attack,” AVTA Executive Director Macy Neshati said in a statement. “Without any warning, he was struck in the head several times and suffered lacerations on his face.”
To ensure a safe environment for all passengers, AVTA’s Customer Code of Conduct, Section 3.4, requires that any children be removed from a stroller and the stroller be collapsed prior to boarding the bus since large-wheeled strollers can impede passenger and operator movement and impair exit and entry to the vehicle.
After the assault ended, the woman, the two children and two companions exited the bus and left the scene of the attack. Law enforcement authorities were contacted but the woman was not located.
“AVTA places the highest premium on the safety of our operators and passengers and we want to make it clear that we simply will not tolerate this kind of behavior towards our operators or passengers,” Neshati continued. “Therefore, we are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.”
Community assistance may help investigators. Anyone who witnessed this attack or recognizes those involved, please contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Palmdale at 661-272-2400.