Surrey man charged in attack on bus driver

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Metro Vancouver Transit Police have arrested and charged a 25-year-old Surrey man for an unprovoked, vicious attack on a Coast Mountain Bus driver last month.

At approximately 8 p.m. on March 26, the 341 bus to Guildford picked up a man and woman on 72 Avenue at 132 Street. Within minutes, the man punched the operator in the face before jumping off the bus.

The bus was travelling at approximately 30 km/h and pulling into the left0turn lane at 144 Street at the time of the assault.

Despite having received a severe blow to the face which caused broken nose and facial bones, profuse bleeding and impaired vision, the operator had the presence of mind to bring the bus to a stop and open the doors to allow the attacker to leave.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police Crime Reduction Unit launched an investigation which, despite the lack of onboard surveillance video footage, led to the identification of a suspect.

He was arrested by Transit Police officers on April 2 in the Newton area of Surrey, while driving a stolen vehicle.

Sean Tyler Quaye has been charged with driving while prohibited and assault causing bodily harm. Quaye is well known to police, particularly for crimes involving violence. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on April 11 in Surrey Provincial Court.

The bus operator is suffering from continuing vision impairment in one eye and loosened teeth.

At the time of the attack there were approximately 30 passengers on board the bus. By the time police arrived, many had left the area.

Investigators would like to speak to everyone on the bus at the time of the incident. Some may feel they saw very little but even small pieces of information may assist in the investigation. Passengers are asked to call Transit Police at 604-515-8300.

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