Surrey man charged in attack on bus driver

NEWTON – A 25-year-old Surrey man has been arrested and charged in relation to an “unprovoked, vicious attack” on a Coast Mountain bus operator.

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

The bus operator suffered a broken nose, broken bones in his face, continuing vision impairment in one eye and loosened teeth.

“At the time of the attack there were approximately 30 passengers onboard the bus,” said Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan. “By the time police arrived, many had left the area. Investigators would very much like to speak to everyone on the bus at the time of the incident.”

The number to call is 604-515-8300. Meantime, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Crime Reduction Unit arrested a suspect in Newton on April 2 while he was driving a stolen vehicle.

Sean Tyler Quaye has been charged with driving while prohibited and assault causing bodily harm.