A Surrey bus driver was allegedly punched in the face on Wednesday night (March 26).

UPDATE: Description released of suspect who broke Surrey bus driver’s nose

Police say transit worker was punched by an agitated passenger.

A bus driver was punched and had his nose broken by a passenger during an unprovoked attack in Surrey on Wednesday evening.

Transit Police say the incident happened at around 8 p.m. The driver had picked up a man and woman at 72 Avenue and 132 Street in Newton. The man was agitated as he boarded the bus, complaining about not being able to smoke and asking for a free ride. The driver, say police, asked the pair to sit down and carried on with his route toward Guildford.

According to police, the man then started “verbally challenging” the transit worker, who did not respond, and as the bus pulled into the left turn lane at 72 Avenue and 144 Street, the male passenger stood up and punched the driver in the face. He and the woman then fled the scene.

The driver was taken to hospital and suffered from an apparent broken nose, has blurred vision, a bruised jaw and loose teeth.

The suspect is described as a muscular white male in his mid-20s to early-30s, standing between 6’2″ and 6’4″ tall, with short bleached blond hair, clean shaven, with a large tattoo on the back of his neck. He was wearing a black leather jacket with a grey or white hooded underneath, jeans and light-coloured runners.

His female companion is described as a thin white female in her mid-twenties, with blond hair.

Transit Police are canvassing the neighbourhood for potential video. There were several witnesses to the attack, many of whom helped the driver after he was punched.

A sketch of the suspect is being composed based on witness descriptions. It is expected to be released later today.

Another Surrey bus driver was assaulted in early February. He was also punched and had his glasses taken. A suspect in that incident was arrested within days.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

MARCH 28: Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 update: U.S. expects 100,000 deaths; Oregon declares disaster

Comprehensive update of world news for Sunday, March 19.

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

‘There is community’: B.C. councillor welcomes new baby into world amid COVID-19 pandemic

‘I realize there’s much more than fear and worry… there is hope, there is new life’: Jason Lum

Blue ribbons popping up along streets in Abbotsford in praise of B.C. healthcare workers

Healthcare worker’s family starts local trend of morale support

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

Most Read