Woman Who Spit on and Struck NJ Transit Bus Driver Being Sought by Police

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NEWARK, NJ – A woman entered a New Jersey Transit bus and began assaulting the driver, according to Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara.

According to police reports, officers responded to a call about an assault that occurred around 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Clinton Avenue.

“The driver told officers that as she was approaching Martin Luther King Boulevard and Clinton Avenue, she stopped the bus so that a Black woman could board when she saw her running toward the bus. After she got on the bus, the woman started screaming and yelling,” O’Hara said. “The bus driver tried to calm the woman down, but the woman spit in the driver’s face and hit her several times with an umbrella. The suspect left the bus walking toward a discount store. Several passengers attempted to detain the woman but were unsuccessful.”

Now, the Newark Police Department requests the public’s help with identifying the suspect, who was captured on surveillance video.

Director O’Hara urges anyone with information about the suspect to call the Police Division’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.

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